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The Hobbit (1978)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1978 Wide



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J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book about the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his unexpected adventures came to life in this animated, televised adaptation by Rankin-Bass Productions. Enthusiasts of Tolkien's lengthy and more demanding Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as adult readers of The Hobbit, may be disappointed by this somewhat simplified adaptation of the book, though children and first-time readers of Tolkien will appreciate its whimsical introduction to the fictional world of Middle Earth. As

Sep 11, 2001

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All Critics (15) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (5) | DVD (7)

There is something undeniably fun about this kind of crisp, unfussy fantasy storytelling.

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Cartoon adaptation of famous book is a great intro for kids.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This was magic to me when I was a child.

March 25, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Drab, boring but with an oddly moody tone

December 28, 2004 | Comment (1)

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.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Ugh. Make them stop...singing--!

May 6, 2003

A faithful and well-executed take on Tolkien's classic fairy tale. Though geared towards younger audiences, it should appeal to fans of any age.

February 4, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Hobbit

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.
September 10, 2009

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Crack the dishes, smash the plates! That's what bilbo baggins hates! I'll stick to the book.
October 4, 2007
Curtis Lilly

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    1. Smaug: I am Smaug! I kill what I wish! I am strong, strong, STRONG! My armour is like templed shields, my teeth are like swords, my claws spears! A shock of my tail, a thunderbolt! My wings, a hurricane! And my breath... DEATH! [breathes fire]
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (22 months ago)
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