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The Hobbit : The Original Unedited 1977 Animated Classic (1977)

John Huston , Orson Bean , Arthur Rankin Jr. , Jules Bass  |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Huston, Orson Bean
  • Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Inspired Corp / Peter Pan / Don Kasen / Parade
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ETVXQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 story and for that alone they get big points. The vocal cast can't be improved upon: Orson Bean is perfect as Bilbo Baggins, the timorous hobbit who grows brave on his adventure with the wizard Gandalf (John Huston). Otto Preminger is the voice of Elvenking, Richard Boone is Smaug, Hans Conreid is Thorin, and Brother Theodore is very effective as the weird Gollum. Terrific for kids and adults alike. --Tom Keogh

Hobbits are simple folk. Small people with hairy feet, they are not cut out for adventure and prefer to laze about and eat. A particular hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Orson Bean), is taken by surprise one morning when the mighty wizard Gandalf (John Huston) knocks at his door. Soon Bilbo finds himself inducted into a party of dwarves bent on reclaiming their mountain from the deadly fire-breathing dragon, Smaug. Insisting that the timid Bilbo is a master thief, Gandalf insures the danger-loving dwarves that the quest will include many mishaps and perilous encounters with goblins, trolls, and dwarf-eating spiders. Among other things that the reluctant Bilbo discovers on this amazing journey is an enchanted ring that turns its wearer invisible, and soon the hobbit transforms from a master bumbler into a master burglar. Based on the beloved novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, THE HOBBIT is an animated classic that was brought to the TV screen in the late 1970s by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass. Rerun by networks for years, this tale of Middle-earth consistently awes viewers and has inspired a whole new generation of Tolkien fans

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing sounds... how annoying October 4, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For the first time in my life, I wish I had a VHS copy even with the DVD released. I first noticed a problem when the first spider dies in the movie, and there is no vortex sound effect. Then the entire scene in Lake Town is... muted. The arrows are silenced, the dragon roars as a mouse, and the fire, it crackles as a loud annoyance. I wish I had read the reviews online prior to purchasing, now I am stuck with a poor quality DVD. I will be buying the VHS shortly.
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330 of 368 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS DVD!!! September 18, 2001
Format:DVD
I have grown up with this story of The Hobbit, its one of my favorites. I have always had this movie in my collection and know the lines by heart. I have bought this DVD and the DVD stinks! Warner Brothers ruined this story on DVD. How? The sound was re-mastered for the DVD and there are sound effects MISSING! They used an old copy of the soundtrack that was used on a four record set that issued in 1978. If you want the complete soundtrack I recomend you buy the VHS tape. (The older the copy the better) They have also added new sound effects and lines that are NOT in the the original soundtrack! There are also problems with their DVD's of The Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King. (See my reviews for those DVDs under there listings) If Waner Brothers really cares they will re-issue These 3 DVDs after correcting their problems. ~Rob~
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie, flawed DVD October 6, 2002
Format:DVD
While the picture quality excells, several audio tracks are inexplicably missing. I even dug out my VHS copy and compared the two, and sure enough, there are several places in which there are missing sound effects! I can't explain it, but someone must have accidentally tossed an audio track in the bin as they remastered the sound. This DVD doesn't give me reason enough to get rid of my old VHS copy. Your best bet would be to comb online auctions or browse pawn shops for an original video release.
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80 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here down in the valley November 22, 2001
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Currently Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first novel, "The Hobbit" is mired down in pre-production problems. But while you wait for Middle-Earth to come to life on the silver screen, it's worth checking out Rankin-Bass' "The Hobbit," an animated kids' movie that is a fairly pleasant, moderately faithful adaptation.

Bilbo Baggins is a mild-mannered little hobbit living unobtrusively in Bag End, a conventional hobbit-hole in the comfortably boring Shire. His life is abruptly turned upside-down when the mysterious wizard Gandalf arrives, along with thirteen dwarves (who proceed to take over Bilbo's home). That evening, they reveal their reason for coming: They are seeking a "burglar" to help them retake back Lonely Mountain, a dwarf stronghold taken over by the dragon Smaug.

Whether he likes it or not, Bilbo soon ends up the burglar, and is dragged into elf palaces, goblin traps and even a fateful meeting with the grotesque froglike Gollum. The dangerous road ahead of him draws out reserves of courage and intelligence that few knew he had -- but the greatest danger comes not only from Smaug, but from the armies that congregate near his mountain.

First off: This is only a moderately faithful adaptation of Tolkien's books -- most of the essentials are here, but quite a few things are missing, including any dwarves or elves other than Elrond and the thirteen guys following Bilbo. There are some vague mentions of a dwarf army arriving and some random singing voices outside Elrond's house, but nothing more than that.

But it has the essentials -- goblins, eagles, hobbits, mountains of treasure, elves of various stripes, the grey wizard Gandalf and a town of men living on a stilted lake town. And there's plenty of humor ("MY ARMS!
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Simplified, but not bad. October 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie for the first time as a pre-schooler, and loved it. Believe it or not, I actually saw this movie before I read the book. In retrospect, I realize that my mother introduced me to this movie to prepare me for the book, which she later read to me as a bedtime story. Anyway, I still like the movie, which now holds additional nostalgic value. In my opinion, this movie is a better adaptation than the other attempts to translate Tolkein's work into animation. Part of this is probably due to the fact that The Hobbit actually was a simpler book, and was made to please younger children, as well as older kids and adults. Even though the encounter with Beorn was left out, this movie is an excellent adaptation of the novel, covering all significant plot points, and making excellent use of Tolkein's songs and poetry in the soundtrack. I still think of the melodies in this film when I read the musical sections of the book. The vocal acting was done brilliantly, with Orson Bean making Bilbo simultaneously mild-mannered and courageous; John Huston giving Gandalf a vigourous personality and resonant voice to match; and Hans Conreid making Thorin suitably proud and surly. The animation, which some people call "dated" is perfectly adequate, is not so spectacular that it takes one's attention away from the story, and has a feel that I have never found outside of a Rankin-Bass film. In fact, it actually resembles a moving illustration. This film has survived the test of time, and remains an excellent way to get someone (child or adult) interested enough in Middle Earth to read the books, at which point they are firmly hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved as a kid
a show i always enjoyed as a kid and still as an adult to / was real happy to get it on dvd so i can watch anytime
Published 1 day ago by JAMES A EVANS
5.0 out of 5 stars Hobbit if old
I had never seen it before. My wife was talking about it and I looked for it. It is a classic. It was made one year before I was born and is better graphics than most cartoons of... Read more
Published 6 days ago by J. Scott Harshbarger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cartoon
It's an "old-school" cartoon, (watched it in elementary school) but a pretty accurate adaptation of the book The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mimi Mathis
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood classic
We loved watching this when we were younger so bringing it into our children's world was such a gift. Classics are classic for a reason. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amber Rigg
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, awful qulity
I guess I got a ripped copy, it gets fuzzy and grey in parts and you can barely make out what's happening. I have a better copy on vhs :(
Published 15 days ago by Mr. Patrick Clingan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit is the Hobbit.
Receipt on March 24th, 2014. The box of the DVD, the disc floated in the box but samble fontionne was to break well. Thank you very much.
Published 20 days ago by getan dufour
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
I remember this on T.V. when it first came out & really enjoyed it. I still enjoy it & it is much closer to the written book than the new "movies".
Published 29 days ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from my childhood.
I love this animated version of The Hobbit because I remember when it was a special on broadcast TV.

And I think it holds up well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Haze Reid
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
The movie is GREAT! But... The copy they sent us, when we watch the movie, there's a line on the screen. We tested it in three different DVD players. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ricki Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this. I can't recall the movie well enough from my youth to declare any loss of sounds or any of that. It was well worth the purchase. Enough said.
Published 1 month ago by requiem_sith
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