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The Hobbit

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An animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of the adventures of a hobbit on a quest to regain a dwarf king's gold.

Cast & Crew

Orson Bean
Bilbo Baggins
Voice
John Huston
Gandalf the Grey
Voice
Otto Preminger
Elvenking
Voice
Cyril Ritchard
Elrond
Voice
Paul Frees
Bombur
Voice
Christopher Weeks
Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Nori, Ori, Bifur, Bofur, Goblins
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Don Messick
Balin
Voice
John Stephenson
Dori, Great Goblin, Bard
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Richard Boone
Smaug
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Romeo Muller
Screenwriter
Maury Laws
Original Music
Arthur Rankin Jr.
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Critic Reviews for The Hobbit

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Audience Reviews for The Hobbit

  • Jul 13, 2012
    "The greatest adventure is what lies ahead..." The Hobbit is a wonderful animated feature from Rankin/Bass based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. The story follows a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who is recruited to embark upon a quest to help a group of dwarves reclaim their home from a dragon. The animation is fairly good for its time, and has a strong level of detail and depth. Additionally, the music is especially impressive; including Glenn Yarbrough's theme song "The Greatest Adventure." And, the voice work is quite good and very distinct. Unfortunately the story has been condensed significantly for this format, but the essence and style of Tolkien's work is still here. The Hobbit is a fun and exciting family film full of adventure.
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  • Sep 10, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2008
    This movie always creeps me out. Frodo looks like an old, weird, genderless midget. I don't like the animation and the music really gets on my nerves.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2008
    My first intorduction to the world of Tolkein as a child. Not bad way to start at all.
    John M Super Reviewer

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