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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Did You Know?


John Stephenson, who voiced Bard (and others), was the original voice for Dr. Benton Quest in the original Jonny Quest (1964) cartoon series. After it was determined his voice was too similar to Mike Road's Race Bannon voice, he was replaced by Don Messick, who provides the voice for Balin (and others) here. 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 »


Bilbo Baggins: The Eagles! The Eagles are coming!
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Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Performed by Glenn Yarbrough
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favorite childhood movie
22 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems that everyone who gives this movie a low rating comments on the same problems, poor animation, poor adaption from the book, etc. However it seems to me that they are forgetting three very important things: 1. This movie was made for TV, so it had a lower budget than it would have in Hollywood, 2. It was made in 1977, so it has a lower quality animation than we are now used to now, and 3. It is a children's movie, they had to make it child friendly.

I remember spending a whole summer of my childhood watching this movie over and over again, nearly wearing out the tape. I have since read the book and still love and own the movie. In fact, to this day every time the subject of LOTR comes up I start humming "the greatest adventure...".

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