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Animated Adaptations: The Hobbit

The Hobbit

The first Hollywood effort with J.R.R. Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth was The Hobbit, an animated version of the prequel to Lord of the Rings. It was released in 1978. This animated version stands up much better than the other two animated offerings: The Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King. It also features the famous Hollywood actor-director John Huston as the voice of Gandalf, actor-director Otto Preminger as the voice of the Elven King and Richard Boone (Have Gun, Will Travel) as the voice of Smaug.

This film was made in the bad taste days of the late 1970's. That said, almost none of the characters are drawn as they are described in the book, but the film has several songs and is a great introduction to Middle Earth for children. It was popular enough that the animators revisited Tolkien's world with The Return of the King.

The Hobbit (1978):
Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
J.R.R. Tolkien (novel)
Romeo Muller
Maury Laws

John Huston
Orson Bean
Richard Boone
Otto Preminger
Cyril Ritchard
Brother Theodore
Hans Conried
Don Messick
... Director
... Director
... Writer
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... Original Music by

... Gandalf the Grey
... Bilbo Baggins
... Smaug
... Elven King
... Elrond
... Gollum
... Thorin
... Balin//Lord of the Eagles
The Hobbit (1978) IMDB Listing

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