The Hobbit

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Rankin/Bass Productions Released 1977

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The Hobbit

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Director:
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Released:
1977
Rating:
PG
The Hobbit is the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth saga, which continued with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The 1977 animated film adaptation of the classic novel follows Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (voiced by Orson Bean) as he leaves the comfort of his home in the Shire with a band of dwarves on a perilous journey. Joining Baggins is the wizard Gandalf the Grey (John Huston). The dwarves needs to reclaim their treasure from the evil dragon Smaug (Richard Boone). Along the way, they battle trolls and goblins. They find help from elves and humans along the way. On the journey, Baggins finds a mysterious gold ring, which he keeps, that will become a central part of the plot in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The group finds Smaug and fights him for the stolen treasure. The animated movie was awarded a Peabody Award for the teleplay. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1978, losing to Star Wars.moreless
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  • A Great Adventure for the Whole Family

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    "The greatest adventure is what lies The Hobbit is a wonderful animated feature from Rankin/Bass based on the work of . Tolkien. The story follows a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who is recruited to embark upon a quest to help a group of dwarves reclaim their home from a dragon. The animation is fairly good for its time, and has a strong level of detail and depth. Additionally, the music is especially impressive; including Glenn Yarbrough's theme song "The Greatest And, the voice work is quite good and very distinct. Unfortunately the story has been condensed significantly for this format, but the essence and style of Tolkien's work is still here. The Hobbit is a fun and exciting family film full of adventure.moreless

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