The Hobbit
The Hobbit (1978)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1978
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

There is something undeniably fun about this kind of crisp, unfussy fantasy storytelling.

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Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

Drab, boring but with an oddly moody tone

Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

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.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Cartoon adaptation of famous book is a great intro for kids.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

This was magic to me when I was a child.

Widgett Walls

Ugh. Make them stop...singing--!

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
My first intorduction to the world of Tolkein as a child. Not bad way to start at all.
Curtis Lilly
Crack the dishes, smash the plates! That's what bilbo baggins hates! I'll stick to the book.
Tim Salmons
A fun but not great version of the story.
Lafe Fredbjornson
An animated work of art! Rankin/Bass have created a superb telling of "The Hobbit" tale, which flows nicely. The animation is stylized, but… More
Luke Baldock
It's a pretty decent 70's made-for-TV animation. With only 77 minutes it ha enough entertainment value, but obviously cuts out a LOT of stuff from the… More
Leigh Ryan
Classic film...