The prolific correspondent whose nom de blog continues to escape me, but in other circles has been known as the Mad Bombardier, has sent me a very interesting piece about an early animated version of The Hobbit, predating the Rankin-Bass version by ten years or so and especially instructive in its cautionary tale about contracts. (Side digression, 'cause this is one of those posts: Gollum was voiced by Brother Theodore, whom I remember from his bizarre appearances on Letterman in the 1980s.)
At any rate, I had much the same reaction as Krusty's to the replacement cartoon for "Itchy and Scratchy":
Recalibrate by watching this:
Many thanks to MB for sending that along. I'd offer him a spot on the masthead but that would probably dry up his output.