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The Hobbit (1977)

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A movie directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass

The J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy classic set in Middle-earth was adapted into this excellent 1978 animated feature first broadcast on television. Codirectors Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., working from a script by Romeo Muller, are faithful to Tolkien's … see full wiki

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For a while this was it

  • Aug 23, 2011
For years, this was the ONLY movie rendition of my favorite book. This animated feature is a halfway decent adaptation of the book to a movie. Some of the characters look good in animation, such as the Dwarves and Elves. Others look silly, like the Goblins and poor Bilbo, who looks like a female rabbit-person (although, honestly this probably fits the description of him in the book better than Peter Jackson's humanoid Hobbits). For me the biggest failing of this movie was the voices. None of the voice actors left an indelible impression on the characters, in contrast to the BBC radio adaptation of the Hobbit, which really solidified the voices of Throrin and Smaug for me. Also, for an animated movie, the special effects are pretty dated, more like a moving illustration than a movie. All I can say is that I'm thankful Peter Jackson is making the Hobbit movies.

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