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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)
Smaug (voice)
Thorin Oakenshield (voice)
Gandalf The Grey (voice)
The Elvenking (voice)
Elrond (voice)
Gollum (voice) (as Theodore)
Bombur / Bill Huggins - Troll Leader (voice)
Dwalin / Fíli / Kíli / Óin / Glóin / Ori / Nori / Bifur / Bofur / Bert - Troll #2 / Goblin / Orc / Spiders / Wood Elves / Lake People (voice) (as Jack De Leon)
Balin / Tom - Troll #3 / Grinnah - The Goblin / Goblin / Orc / Gwaihir - Lord of the Eagles (voice)
Dori / Bard / Great Goblin (voice)
The Balladeer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thurl Ravenscroft ...
Goblin / Orc / Bolg / Chorus (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin Jr.

Written by

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

Produced by

Jules Bass ... producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. ... producer
Masaki Îzuka ... associate producer (as Masaki Iizuka)

Music by

Maury Laws

Production Design by

Arthur Rankin Jr.

Art Department

Takashi Hisaoka ... storyboard artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Tom Clack ... sound effects
John Curcio ... sound recordist
Bob Elder ... sound recordist
Dave Iveland ... sound recordist

Animation Department

Lester Abrams ... character designer
Yukiyoshi Hane ... animator
Toru Hara ... animation coordinator
Kazuko Itoh ... animator
Hidetoshi Kaneko ... animator
Kazuyuki Kobayashi ... animator
Hidemi Kubo ... animator
Tsuguyuki Kubo ... animation supervisor / character designer
Minoru Nishida ... background designer
Kôichi Sasaki ... animation director
Katsuhisa Yamada ... animation director
Tadakatsu Yoshida ... animator
Hidetoshi Kaneko ... background artist (uncredited)

Music Department

Maury Laws ... conductor / music arranger
Lois Winter ... choral direction
Glenn Yarbrough ... main title theme writer and performer: "The Greatest Adventure"
Gloria O'Brien ... featured vocalist (uncredited) / singer: theme music (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... chorus (uncredited) / featured vocalist (uncredited)
Glenn Yarbrough ... featured vocalist (uncredited) / singer (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Based on the original version of the Hobbit. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Hobbit no bôken (Japan)
  • Le Hobbit (France)
  • Der Hobbit (Germany)
  • El hobbit (Spain)
  • Le Hobbit (Belgium, French title)
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  • 77 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,000,000,000, 10 Apr 1978

Did You Know?

Trivia In the book, Bilbo is knocked unconscious by a falling rock during the Battle of Five Armies immediately after seeing the eagles arrive to help. In the movie, perhaps due to an anti-war bias at the time of filming, Bilbo states that he "simply doesn't understand war" and then hides behind a stone, using the ring to become invisible and watching the entire battle. When asked about his whereabouts Bilbo lies and says that he had "a bump to the head" and was "out for hours". 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Top 10 Scariest Animated Monsters (2009). See more »
Soundtracks The Greatest Adventure See more »
Quotes Smaug: Be done with your riddles. What else brought you, lake man?
Bilbo Baggins: Revenge!
Smaug: Revenge?
Bilbo Baggins: Surely you must realize that your success has made you some bitter enemies.
Smaug: [evil chuckling] Revenge? You? HA! I am SMAUG! I kill when I wish! I am strong, strong, STRONG! My armor is like tenfold shields! My teeth are like swords! My claws, spears! The shock of my tail, a thunderbolt! My wings, a hurricane! And my breath... DEATH! Well? Where are your riddles now?
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