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The 1977 Rankin/Bass animated film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit".

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The Hobbit

  • Jul 12, 2010
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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best known and best loved fantasy book. The Hobbit has been translated into 50 different languages and sold well over 100 million copies.

This is a far more light-hearted tale than the Lord of the rings and introduces to the world's readers the unforgettable Bilbo, Gandaff, Gollum. A book that can be enjoyed children and adults alike.

This is a truly wonderful book, full of adventure, heroism, song and laughter. The landscapes that Tolkien creates are English and the stone and the hobbits could easily be the English of yesteryear. The Shine is left behind soon enough as no adventure is worth reading in which nobody actually anywhere. Dwarfs, Elves, Goblins, Eagles, and Wizards all cross paths with our intrepid, although reluctant hero as the party pass through Rivendell, The Misty Mountains and Mirkwood on their way to the lovely Mountain to take back the treasure stolen by the great dragon Smaug.

One of the most appealing aspects of this book is that we could all be hobbit with the comfortable life and comfortable living but there is something inside all of us the perks up at the thought of adventures and journeys into the unknown. I think that is why The Hobbit is such a firm favorite and fondly remembered by all who read it.

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September 21, 2011
Just wanted to let you know that this topic is for the animated 1977 film and not the novel. You can easily switch it to the novel though by accessing the actions icon on the right and clicking on the arrow, where you should see the option to "change topic". The one you want is "The Hobbit (novel)". Otherwise, a very good review.
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Quick Tip by . September 01, 2011
Yes, it's true that while the Rankin/Bass animated film based on the original version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is rather light family-friendly fare, it is also true that The Hobbit as a novel was fairly light and adventurous in tone. The book wasn't meant to be this colossal epic like The Lord of the Rings. It had humble beginnings and I think the whimsy and modesty of the book comes through in this charming animated film.   This film has often been maligned by Tolkien …
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Glenn Yarbrough's Intro Song (original)

The Hobbit is a 1977 animated musical television special created by Rankin/Bass and Topcraft. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien and was first broadcast on NBC in the United States on Sunday, November 27, 1977, just three days after Thanksgiving.


According to Arthur Rankin, Jr., the visual style of the film took its basic cue from the early illustrations of Arthur Rackham. Rankin further hoped that, with this particular film, he would add nothing to the story that wasn't in the original.[1]

The story's hero, Bilbo Baggins, was voiced by Orson Bean, backed up by John Huston as the voice of Gandalf. Otto Preminger was the voice of the Elvenking, Richard Boone grumbled and bellowed as the dragon Smaug, Cyril Ritchard spoke for Elrond, Hans Conried voiced Thorin Oakenshield, and the comedian and performance artist Brother Theodore was chosen for the voice of Gollum. Rankin-Bass icon Paul Frees co-starred as Bombur; Don Messick portrayed Balin and the Lord of the Eagles; John Stephenson did double voice duty, first as the charming and proud archer Bard; then as Dori, the third major member of Thorin's Company; in addition, they and Jack DeLeon supplied the voices of the eight other members of Thorin's Company as well as the goblins. Thurl Ravenscroft performed the singing voices of the goblins.

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Genre: Family
Release Date: November 27, 1977
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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