Two fan favorite franchises come together in hilarious fashion as characters from King of the Hill step into Middle Earth in unexpected ways.
King of the Hill meets The Lord of the Rings in a hilariously perfect animated short.
Comedian and content creator Alasdair Beckett-King posted a YouTube video on June 6 entitled “Return of the King of the Hill of the Rings,” which is exactly what it sounds like. The 20-second short gives fans a glimpse of their favorite King of the Hill characters reimagined as iconic figures from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While Hank Hill finds himself standing in for Frodo in his quest to destroy the One Ring, Dale Gribble and Boomhauer are similarly transformed into their own absurdly fitting fantasy counterparts.
Created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, King of the Hill premiered in 1997 in what would be the beginning of a twelve-year run on the small screen. The adult animated sitcom followed the lives and misadventures of the Hill family and their neighbors in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas. Over the course of 13 seasons and 259 episodes, the series was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, of which it won two. A King of the Hill revival is reportedly in development now.
Peter Jackson’s film series began with 2001’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1954 novel of the same name, the film follows the unwitting hobbit hero Frodo Baggins as he traverses Middle Earth in his mission to destroy the One Ring and, with it, the ring’s creator, the Dark Lord Sauron. The first film was followed by two sequels, as well as a subsequent trilogy of prequels based on Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit.
The franchise is currently awaiting two new entries on both the big and small screen. The upcoming War of the Rohirrim animated feature film will see actor Miranda Otto reprise her role of Eowyn for the prequel, which takes place 200 years before Frodo’s adventures. Otto first portrayed Eowyn in 2002’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and returned for the following year’s The Return of the King. War of the Rohirrim will arrive in theaters on April 24, 2024.
Amazon is also slated to debut its own entry into the franchise with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The live-action series is set during the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of Jackson’s first trilogy. Series director J.A. Bayona has previously stated that the project “Is not television. It’s a new form we’re creating here.” The first of The Rings of Power‘s planned five seasons premieres on Prime Video on Sept. 2.
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