The 1977 animated classic, The Hobbit, is a wonderful film.
Based on the 1937 book of the same name by J.R.R.Tolkien, The Hobbit is directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. and was originally made to be a television special. With a beautiful soundtrack, created by the Rankin/Bass studio, The Hobbit was animated by Topcraft, a precursor to Studio Ghibli and used lyrics adapted from the original novel.
The Hobbit was originally broadcast on NBC in the United Stated in November of 1977.
Starring Orson Bean, and the late great Brother Theodore and John Huston, The Hobbit tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins, a homebody demi-human, known as a hobbit, in the mythical world of Middle Earth who is persuaded to join a quest of great significance with a group of dwarves and the infamous wizard, Gandalf the Grey, in order to recover their treasure from a dragon. The group encounters many treacherous hardships and dangers along the way, as they tangle with giant venomous spiders, battle against hordes of angry trolls and goblins and riddle their way out of being eaten my Gollum, after discovering that all important "precious" ring.
The Hobbit is a beautifully animated film, for the entire family to enjoy, with plenty of adventure, surprise, fun and wonderful musical accompaniment.
The Hobbit 1977 is rated G for general exhibition and was originally released on VHS in Australia in 1992 and first re-released on DVD in 1999.