The Hobbit
Directed by Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Produced by Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Screenplay by Romeo Muller
Based on The Hobbit by
J. R. R. Tolkien
Starring Orson Bean
Richard Boone
Hans Conried
John Huston
Otto Preminger
Cyril Ritchard
Music by Maury Laws
Studio Rankin/Bass
Distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Walt Disney Productions
Release date(s) November 27, 1977 (1977-11-27)
Running time 77 minutes
Language English
Budget $3,000,000

The Hobbit is a 1977 animated musical television special created by Rankin/Bass, a studio known for their holiday specials, and animated by Topcraft, a precursor to Studio Ghibli, using lyrics adapted from the book. The film is an adaptation of the 1937 book of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien and was first broadcast on NBC in the United States on Sunday, November 27, 1977.


The plot of the animated production is in most respects similar to that of the book, which was already styled as a classic children's novel, and so is adapted in that vein for a younger audience; but certain plot points are significantly compressed due to the time limitations of the format. In addition, certain scenes are obviously edited for commercial breaks. In general, alterations include simple omission of additional detail, as the producers expressed their desire to adhere to the written text, including lyrics adapted from the songs in the book but in much longer and greater format.

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