The Hobbit (1978)


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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 … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Television, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Bass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2001
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Bilbo Baggins

as Gandalf the Grey

as Balin

as Elvenking
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Critic Reviews for The Hobbit

All Critics (15)

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

Full Review… | November 24, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
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

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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2004
Decent Films Guide

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

May 6, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Hobbit

My first intorduction to the world of Tolkein as a child. Not bad way to start at all.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

A fun but not great version of the story.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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