The Hobbit (1966 film)
Gene Deitch's The Hobbit was the first film adaptation of The Hobbit and was created by Gene Deitch in 1966. The film was produced by Bill Snyder and took less than a month to create. The film was approximately 12 minutes long and was only created so Snyder could extend his license for The Lord of the Rings and sell it back to Tolkien Enterprises, which he did for $100,000. Unfortunately no copies were made and the film has long been lost.