The Hobbit (1978)
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Critic Reviews for The Hobbit
There is something undeniably fun about this kind of crisp, unfussy fantasy storytelling.
This was magic to me when I was a child.
Rankin-Bass bring their typically serviceable animation, strong voicework, and corny folk ballads to The Hobbit worthwhile for kids and not too bad for parents.
Ugh. Make them stop...singing--!
Audience Reviews for The Hobbit
My first intorduction to the world of Tolkein as a child. Not bad way to start at all.
A fun but not great version of the story.
It's a pretty decent 70's made-for-TV animation. With only 77 minutes it ha enough entertainment value, but obviously cuts out a LOT of stuff from the book. One scene is completely narrated over to save time. The dwarfs are just background as opposed to characters, they walk about but don't say much. The thing I loved most was the character designs. I really liked the goblins and Gollum's amphibian look was interesting. It's a good try and I was pleased with the parts they did, rather than being distracted by the bits they cut.
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