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The Hobbit is a 1977 made for television film created by Rankin and Bass. The film is an adaptation of the 1937 book, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

Plot Edit

The film remains traditional to the original plot. However, Beorn is exempted from the film and the dwarves start a suicidal mission to protect the Mountain before becoming allies with the Elves and Men.

Cast Edit

Orson Bean – Bilbo Baggins

Richard Boone – Smaug

Hans Conried – Thorin Oakenshield

John Huston – Gandalf

Otto Preminger – The Elvenking

Cyril Ritchard – Elrond

Theodore – Gollum

Paul Frees – Bombur, Troll #1

Jack DeLeon – Dwalin, Fíli and Kíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Ori, Nori, Bifur, Bofur, Troll #2

Don Messick – Balin, Goblin, Lord of the Eagles, Troll #3

John Stephenson – Dori, Bard, Great Goblin

Glenn Yarbrough – The Balladeer

Thurl Ravenscroft – Goblin (singing voice), Background voice

Staff Edit

Producers/Directors – Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

Writer – Romeo Muller

Based on "The Hobbit" – J. R. R. Tolkien

Music – Maury Laws

Lyrics – Jules Bass

Production Designer – Arthur Rankin, Jr.

Animation Coordinator – Toru Hara

Animation Supervisor – Tsuguyuki Kubo

Character Designers – Lester Abrams, Tsuguyuki Kubo

Background Designer – Minoru Nishida

Animation Directors – Katsuhisa Yamada, Koichi Sasaki

Animators – Kazuyuki Kobayashi, Tadakatsu Yoshida, Hidemi Kubo, Yukiyoshi Hane, Hidetoshi Kaneko, Kazuko Ito

Sound Effects – Tom Clack

Sound Recorders – John Curcio, Dave Iveland, Bob Elder

Choral Director – Lois Winter

Associate Producer – Masaki Iizuka