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THE BUZZ

 

     You know that new series that Peter is Jackson is making to serve as the prequel to the wildly successful Braveheart series he did a couple years ago? Well, turns out this new, highly extrapolated trilogy about Oompa-Loompas fighting the dragon from Eragon existed before the Braveheart series! That's right, it's not a new prequel, it's actually based on a musical cartoon television special from the seventies! Tolkein fans, you have already heard of this movie, so you can skip the rest of this article and head straight to the comment section and let me know how angry you are right now. For those of you who didn't know about this film, it's a hauntingly beautiful animated not-quite-serious-movie length masterpiece. It's pretty much an earth tone, all bass musical revisit of Tolkein's The Hobbit. It was compiled by the same production company as did The Last Unicorn, so if you've seen that, you at least know you're going to get the same sort of thoughtful, quality viewing material (I assume, since I've never seen The Last Unicorn). I personally was raised watching this film and to believe that tiny dudes stabbing giant, mincing spiders is acceptable entertainment for children. Your mileage may vary.

 

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

 

     This movie is, although short, genuinely awesome. The screenplay writer won a Peabody for it, and it almost won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation that year, but unfortunately lost it to Star Wars. Tough break. But yeah, from the gripping animation style and all star lineup of fantastic voice acting to the genuinely hooky musical numbers/themes, this is a movie I can say is absolutely worth your time whether or not you have seen any Lord of the Rings movies, read any books, or read through the above paragraph not noticing how many things I got wrong about it. It is old enough to really feel like a period piece as well as a stellar adaptation of an already legendary work.

 

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

 

     Some people really don't like Tolkein. I can understand that. As someone who doesn't really like Tolkein very much, this really is one of my favorite animated movies, so I give it a thumbs up, but if you really hate him, then you may not like it. Also, as accessible and spectacular as I see it to be, it's got a bizarre, somewhat off-putting animation style and feel to it. Most certainly off-beat, and potentially a niche taste. Lastly, it has very obvious commercial breaks, considering it was a TV special originally. But maybe that's just because I grew up watching it on one of dozens of my dad's VHS tapes recorded directly from TV.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE: Family Viewing, Cocktail Party

 

     When I was saying earlier that I think tiny dudes stabbing giant mincing spiders is good entertainment for kids, I actually meant that it's good entertainment for you to watch if you expect there will be kids in the room. It's Tolkein, so ultimately, it's pretty tame. However, the presentation is top notch and is likely to be enjoyed by both you and your ward(s), so it works well if you're having family time (I assume, since I've never had kids). Alternatively, this really is a unique, quality period piece; that serves conversation very well, assuming you and your fellow viewers are interested in experiencing a part of Lord of the Rings that a lot of people haven't heard about. Get some of the valley's finest weed or pour yourself a glass of hobbit juice and enjoy!

 

DRINK:

 

Once whenever they start singing

Once whenever someone says “burglar” or any variant

Once whenever Bilbo complains

(Mount Doom mode) Once whenever you hear someone say a proper noun

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