A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.


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Complete credited cast:
Bilbo Baggins (voice)
Smaug (voice)
The Elvenking (voice)
Cyril Ritchard ...
Elrond (voice)
Brother Theodore ...
Gollum (voice) (as Theodore)
Paul Frees ...
Dwalin / Fíli / Kíli / Óin / Glóin / Ori / Nori / Bifur / Bofur / Bert - Troll #2 / Goblin / Spiders / Wood Elves / Lake People (voice) (as Jack De Leon)
Don Messick ...
John Stephenson ...
Dori / Bard / Great Goblin (voice)
Glenn Yarbrough ...
The Balladeer (voice)


Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one evening . One by one, a whole group of dwarves drop in, and before he knows it, Bilbo has joined their quest to reclaim their kingdom, taken from them by an evil dragon named Smaug. The only problem is that Gandalf has told the dwarves that Bilbo is an expert burglar, but he isn't.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Based on the original version of the Hobbit.


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Release Date:

27 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Hobbit  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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The goblins' song as they capture the dwarfs and Bilbo is adapted from the version written in the book. See more »


When Smaug attacks Lake-town a full moon is visible. However, as this is Durin's Day, the moon should be a thin crescent just past the phase of the new moon. See more »


Gandalf the Grey: Surely you don't disbelieve the prophecies because you helped bring them about? You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You're a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I'm very fond of you, but you're only quite a little fellow in a wide world, after all.
Bilbo Baggins: Thank goodness!
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Referenced in The Dark Crystal (1982) See more »


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Performed by the Goblin Chorus
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Good adaption, although compact
4 May 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

'The Hobbit' in its animated shape is what we have to go with until Peter Jackson finishes the LotR prequel (hey, it's bound to happen...), but it doesn't mean all one should do is wait for that occasion. Watch the Rankin-Bass classic!

Rankin-Bass are behind the huge 80's successes 'Thundercats', 'Silverhawks' etc and also shine here with their interpretation of Tolkien's masterpiece. 'The Hobbit' is in this shape more of a family/children's movie than the new Lord of the Rings movies, and its runtime of only 78 minutes makes it feel a little stressed through since the scenes aren't given much time each. But nevertheless, it features good animation, solid voicework and music that is FAR MORE fantasy-like than the more majestic approach in Peter Jackson's movies. See this movie with your children!

Only backdraft I have to say is the runtime. 8/10

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