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The Hobbit (1977)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Adventure | Family  -  27 November 1977 (USA)
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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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Bilbo Baggins (voice)
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Smaug (voice)
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Thorin (voice)
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Elvenking (voice)
Cyril Ritchard ...
Elrond (voice)
Brother Theodore ...
Gollum (voice) (as Theodore)
Paul Frees ...
Bombur / Troll #1 (voice)
Jack DeLeon ...
Dwalin / Fili / Kili / Oin / Gloin / Nori / Ori / Bifur / Bofur / Goblins (voice) (as Jack De Leon)
Don Messick ...
John Stephenson ...
Dori / Great Goblin / Bard (voice)
Glenn Yarbrough ...
The Balladeer (voice)
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Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one night. 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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27 November 1977 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Like the live-action remake, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), the trolls in this film are voiced by three actors who also play members of Thorin's company of dwarves. See more »

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Bilbo tells the dwarves to "run back to the wood-elf clearing" while he fights a rearguard action against the Mirkwood spiders. However, the company has not yet met the wood-elves. When they reach the clearing, Bilbo notes that the wood-elves "had returned, armed for battle". This is the first time we see the wood-elves. There is a scene from the book which was clearly scripted but is missing from the animation, where the starving dwarves attempt to gate-crash a gathering of wood-elves in a clearing. See more »

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Bard: Black arrow! You've never failed me, and I've always recovered you. I had you from my father, and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true King under the Mountain, go now and speed well!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) See more »

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Under the Lonely Mountain
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lyrics adapted by Jules Bass
Music by Maury Laws
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Rankin-Bass's best ever production...
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They pulled out all the stops on this one. A glorious ensemble of voices including the legendary John Huston and Otto Preminger gave life to Tolkien's creation while the outstanding folk and fantasy score illuminates the story.

You'll see why Frodo was supposed to be an actor in his 50's for the LOTR trilogy (though Peter Jackson's opus was well cast anyway in every position).

This will whet your appetite until "Hobbit" is a full-length feature in theatres (fingers crossed) and no doubt, Mr. Jackson and his screenwriters will pull visuals and more from this timeless adaptation.

The only shame of it is annually, Rankin-Bass's Christmas offerings are still aired while The Hobbit and its sister production of Return Of The King (starring Roddy McDowell as Samwise The Brave!) aren't.

Catch that feature too as it picks up where the Ralph Bakshi stab at The Fellowship Of The Rings/Two Towers left off. -Matt Sherman


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