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The Hobbit (1977)

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

Writers:

J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Romeo Muller (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Orson Bean ... Bilbo Baggins (voice)
Richard Boone ... Smaug (voice)
Hans Conried ... Thorin Oakenshield (voice)
John Huston ... Gandalf The Grey (voice)
Otto Preminger ... The Elvenking (voice)
Cyril Ritchard ... Elrond (voice)
Brother Theodore ... Gollum (voice) (as Theodore)
Paul Frees ... Bombur / Bill Huggins - Troll Leader (voice)
Jack DeLeon ... Dwalin / Fíli / Kíli / Óin / Glóin / Ori / Nori / Bifur / Bofur / Bert - Troll #2 / Goblin / Orc / Spiders / Wood Elves / Lake People (voice) (as Jack De Leon)
Don Messick ... Balin / Tom - Troll #3 / Grinnah - The Goblin / Goblin / Orc / Gwaihir - Lord of the Eagles (voice)
John Stephenson ... Dori / Bard / Great Goblin (voice)
Glenn Yarbrough ... The Balladeer (voice)
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Storyline

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.


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hobbit See more »

Filming Locations:

Topcraft studios, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first song sung by the dwarfs at Bag End, "Chip the glasses, crack the plates, that's what Bilbo Baggins hates..." is adapted from the version written in the book. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The 2001 DVD release by Warner Brothers omited a number of sound effects from the origianl Sony VHS release. The sound when characters die; when Sting attacks the Spiders in Mirkwood; Smaug's screams as he attacks Lake Town; the flapping of the Thrush's wings in all scenes; when the arrows bounce off of Smaug and when the Black Arrow pierces Smaug's belly; and the howling of the Wargs during the Battle of Five Armies. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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...
30 January 2005 | by ms-34See 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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