The Hobbit
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J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book about the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his unexpected adventures came to life in this animated, televised adaptation by Rankin-Bass Productions. Enthusiasts of Tolkien's lengthy and more demanding Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as adult readers of The Hobbit, may be disappointed by this somewhat simplified adaptation of the book, though children and first-time readers of Tolkien will appreciate its whimsical introduction to the fictional world of Middle Earth. As the story goes, "In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit...." Bilbo Baggins… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is something undeniably fun about this kind of crisp, unfussy fantasy storytelling."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Drab, boring but with an oddly moody tone"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"A faithful and well-executed take on Tolkien's classic fairy tale. Though geared towards younger audiences, it should appeal to fans of any age."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Cartoon adaptation of famous book is a great intro for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Rankin-Bass bring their typically serviceable animation, strong voicework, and corny folk ballads to The Hobbit… worthwhile for kids and not too bad for parents."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"This was magic to me when I was a child."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Ugh. Make them stop...singing--!"
‑ Widgett Walls,
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