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Gene Deitch

Gene Deitch

Gene Deitch (8 August, 192416 April, 2020), an American Academy Award-winning animator, was the director and creator of the first animated film of The Hobbit in 1966. The film was produced by William Snyder and was made in under a month. The running time for the film was a miniscule 12 minutes and was produced simply so Snyder could extend his license for The Lord of the Rings, and sell it back to Tolkien and his publishers for $100,000.

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