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?


Many characters in The Hobbit are related to characters in The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo is of course Frodo's uncle. He is also a Took on his mother's side, making him a cousin to Peregrin Took (Pippin). Elrond is actually a great-uncle to Aragorn (several generations removed). Gloin is the father of Gimli, while the Elven King (named Thranduil) is the father of Legolas. Surprisingly, Gimli and Legolas do not appear in Rankin/Bass's subsequent film, 'The Return of the King (1981)(TV)'. 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: Perhaps you know the way out?
Gollum: Yes, gollum. But perhaps we sits here and chats with it a bitsy, my precious. It likes riddles?
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Referenced in The X-Files: Unusual Suspects (1997) See more »


The Road Goes Ever On and On
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lyrics adapted by Jules Bass
Music by Maury Laws
Performed by Glenn Yarbrough
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Rankin-Bass's best ever production...
30 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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