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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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Complete credited cast:
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Bilbo Baggins / Narrator (voice)
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Gandalf The Grey / Narrator (voice)
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Cyril Ritchard ...
Lord Elrond (voice)
Brother Theodore ...
Gollum / Smeagol (voice) (as Theodore)
Paul Frees ...
Jack DeLeon ...
Dwalin / Fili / Kili / Oin / Gloin / Nori / Ori / Bifur / Bofur / Bert - Troll #2 / Goblin / Spiders / Wood Elves / Lake People (voice) (as Jack De Leon)
Don Messick ...
Balin / Tom - Troll #3 / Goblin / Orc / Gwaihir - Lord of the Eagles (voice)
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 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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The song sung while Bilbo and the dwarfs as they walk through Mirkwood, "Roads go ever ever on, Over rock and under tree, By caves where never sun has shown, By streams that never find the see," is taken directly from the book, although in it Bilbo sings it as he first sees Hobbitton upon his return. See more »

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When Elrond reveals the moon runes on the dwarves' map, he reads the phrased as quoted directly from the book "Stand by the grey stone...", however the phrase shown is "Five feet high the door and three may walk abreast." This is a phrase which was not written in the moon runes. See more »

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Gollum: [Bilbo has just escaped with the ring] Thief! Thief! Baggins! We hates it! Hates it! FOREVER!
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Referenced in King of the Nerds: Angry Nerds (2014) See more »

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The Barrel Song
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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