->''"Far o'er the Misty Mountains cold\\
To dungeons deep and caverns old...\\
We must away, ere break of day\\
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwqAhwqWkUk To seek the pale, enchanted gold!]]"''

The Creator/RankinBass adaptation of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has an {{animesque}} style similar to their adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn''. It might have to do with the fact it was animated by Creator/{{Topcraft}}, which would later make ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind ''. It also has a lot of {{Celebrity Voice Actor}}s, including Creator/JohnHuston as Gandalf.

Released for television in 1977 and followed up by R-B's adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing''.
!!Provides examples Of:

* AdaptationDistillation: Generally, the movie does a ''very'' nice job boiling down the novel into a good seventy minute movie, and some of the voicework is absolutely legendary (particularly Orson Bean as Bilbo, the aforementioned John Huston as Gandalf, Brother Theodore as Gollum, and ''Richard Freaking Boone'' as Smaug).
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: The first meeting with the wood elves was left out... and then alluded to in the second meeting as "the wood elves had returned."
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted with the wood elves, who are described as beautiful in Tolkien's writings, but here are shown as ugly and having green skin. Elrond and his elves remain fair.
* AdaptationalVillainy: The trolls are far more menacing and much more intelligent, having their decision over how to cook them not be an argument but each following their own personal preference. This makes Gandalf's victory less a matter of cleverness and more a display of raw power; instead of playing for time he makes the sun come up earlier.
* AdaptedOut: The stone giants, the Master of Laketown, Roäc the raven, Bolg, and, most notably, Beorn are omitted. Dáin is mentioned but does not appear. Also, the Arkenstone is omitted, and Gandalf never mentions the Necromancer.
* AllThereInTheManual: Just like in the book, The Elvenking's real name, Thranduil, is never mentioned.
* AnAesop: The film's theme song, "The Greatest Adventure".
-->''The man who's a dreamer, and never takes leave\\
Who thinks of a world that is just make-believe\\
Will never know passion, will never know pain\\
Who sits by the window will one day see rain''
* AnimatedAdaptation: [[Literature/TheHobbit of the book]].
* {{Animesque}}: Virtually all the animators and one of the two character designers were Japanese, some of whom went to work for [[Creator/StudioGhibli Miyazaki]] so this may actually be more half-{{Anime}} than pseudo-Anime {{Animesque}}.
* AsideComment: "Personally, I'd rather be back in Hobbiton."
* AudibleSharpness: Sting. And how!!
* BadassAdorable: Bilbo establishes himself as one when he killed GiantSpider for the first time, and named his blade Sting since then. Then he rescues the dwarves from other giant spiders, kills some more of the spiders, and rescues the dwarves ''again'' from the wood-elves. Too bad he doesn't participate in the Battle of the Five Armies, though it's pretty accurate to the book as well.
* BadassBaritone: Richard Boone and his depiction of Smaug.
%%* BadassBoast: ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Smaug]].''
* BigOlUnibrow: Gandalf.
* CallForward: A line added just for the animated version has Gandalf cheekily commenting that Bilbo's story has "the ''ring'' of truth to it", making it obvious Gandalf knows Bilbo omitted the part of finding the One Ring.
* {{Cephalothorax}}: The Goblins. Less so in ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing''. Canonically, the Chief Goblin could bite your head off.
* ChromosomeCasting: Just like in the book, there is not a single woman to be found in this story − not even a nameless, background character.
* CueTheSun: The film makes it looks like Gandalf summoned the Sun.
* DeathByAdaptation: More of the Company die in the film, including [[spoiler:Bombur]]. At the end there are only six left alive.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Bilbo smokes a pipe.
* DragonHoard: Smaug sleeps on his treasure as if it were a bed.
* EnemyMine: Explicitly parodied at the end of the film.
-->'''Gandalf:''' Dread has come upon you all! An army of Goblins with claim to the treasure comes from the north! Behold! They ride upon wolves!\\
'''Thorin:''' Oh, great Elf-king! My truest friend and ally! We must join forces ''against'' this common scourge!\\
'''Thranduil:''' But... of course... o noble King under the Mountain. Your people are like brothers unto mine.\\
'''Bard:''' And my Men and all their weapons are as one with yours. Together, we shall vanquish the foul foe!\\
'''All:''' TOGETHER!\\
'''Bilbo:''' ''(to himself)'' Thorin is correct, I simply do not understand war.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Elrond has the sparkles, from the gems in the crown he's wearing, greatly enhanced.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Creator/ThurlRavenscroft provides the bass in "Goblin Town" and "Fifteen Birds", likely pushing those songs [[NightmareFuel over the edge]]. Then there's Smaug of course and finally the trolls.
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* FrogMen: Gollum is depicted as particularly frog-like.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Smaug's eyes shine like spotlights, illuminating whatever he's looking at.
* GoldFever:
** [[spoiler:Smaug's loot after his defeat causes war amongst three differing races, all staking claim to the treasure.]]
** Gollum and the ring.
* TheHerosJourney: The film is about Bilbo's journey with the dwarves to Lonely Mountain.
* {{Hobbits}}: ''The'' Hobbit.
* ICallItVera: "Now I will give you a name -- and I shall call you ''[[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Sting!]]"''
* IncendiaryExponent: Smaug. Who else?
* InTheStyleOf: WordOfGod is that the look of the film was based on the art of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rackham Arthur Rackham.]]
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Just before he died, [[spoiler:Thorin]] apologized to Bilbo for calling him a coward before.
* LargeHam: Quite a few of the voice actors bring the ham to their characters, Gollum's and Smaug's in particular.
* LimitedAnimation: The Battle of the Five Armies as seen from space. In the book, the scene cuts from Bilbo being knocked unconscious and missing the rest of the battle, to him waking up. The scene works here as an "and the battle continued for some time" passage, allowing us to pick up where Bilbo regains consciousness, unaware of what's happened or how things ended. It also cuts down on the on-screen gore.
* LyricalDissonance: "Fifteen Birds", a cheerful Goblin song. It's directly from the book.
-->''Roast 'em alive or stew 'em in a pot! Fry them! Boil them! Eat them hot!\\
Bake and toast 'em. Fry and roast 'em 'Till beards blaze, and eyes glaze,\\
Till hair swells and skins crack, Fat melts and bones black\\
In cinders lie beneath the sky, '''SO THE DWARVES SHALL DIE!'''''
* MadeForTVMovie: It's a television movie.
* MrExposition: Elrond.
* MoralDissonance: When the men of Lake-town and the wood elves both demand a share of the treasure after the death of the dragon Smaug. See [[Headscratchers/TheHobbit Headscratchers]] for details.
* TheMusical: As with all Creator/RankinBass films. However, (almost) all the lyrics are from the book.
* MusicalWorldHypothesis: The Goblins.
* NamedWeapons: Elven swords Orcrist, The Goblin Cleaver and Glamdring, The Foe Hammer.
** Interestingly, The Orcs also have names for these weapons. Biter and Beater, respectively.
* NoBodyLeftBehind:
** A variation of NeverSayDie. There's a lot of ''talk'' about death, but [[BloodlessCarnage to avoid showing blood on-screen for the wee ones]], slain foes spin away into {{Hammerspace}} like a sprite in a video game or a burst balloon.
** This is a function of the various magic swords, and which death animation is used depends on the weapon. We see a few enemies just die at the battle in the end.
* NotableOriginalMusic: "Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees" and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPkqjc23yqs#t=0m37s "Goblin Town"]].
** Most of the songs are musical adaptations of text-only songs from the book (which is not to suggest that they aren't thoroughly excellent). Some of these songs are at or near EarWorm status, [[NightmareFuel/WesternAnimationFilm especially]] "Goblin Town" (and the Rivendell song in a way that is potentially more annoying).
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUXP8VEXWMs "The Dwarf Song"]] as well; this one was so notable that [[Film/TheHobbit a later adaptation]] took obvious pains to ''not'' make it just the same song, and didn't entirely succeed, which is for the best because people wanted this song again:
-->''The sword is sharp, the spear is long, the arrow swift, the gate is strong.\\
The heart is bold that looks on gold... And dwarves no more shall suffer wrong.\\
The King has come into his hall... Under the mountain dark and tall.\\
The worm of dread is slain and dead, and ever so our foes shall fall!''
* NoPronunciationGuide: In this film, Bofur and Smaug are pronounced as "Boffer" and "Smog" rather than "Boafer" and "Smaog". However, Dáin is pronounced properly (''day''-in, rather than Dane).
* TheOneGuy: To be more specific, The One ''Hobbit'', making this film ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Bilbo is both the only hobbit involved in the dwarves' quest and the only Hobbit appearing in the film; despite the opening narration stating that Bilbo lives in the village of Hobbiton, no other hobbits appear, and the village itself is barely glimpsed through Bilbo's windows during the opening credits. Even Bilbo's dreams of enjoying the potential rewards of the quest feature only dwarves waiting on him.
** Rankin/Bass' sequel adaptation of ''The Return of the King" increases the number of on-screen hobbits to five--i.e., Frodo, Samwise, Merry, and Pippin, the hobbit members of the Fellowship of the Ring, along with an aged Bilbo.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Smaug is based on Norse dragons, which share the long skinny bodies of eastern dragons. He also has a distinctly cat-like head, which actually entered the zeitgeist for a while and did influence the live-action version slightly.
* OurElvesAreDifferent: You can say that again.
** You see, Tolkien based his elves on the traditional myths about fairies, but by Tolkien's time, the term "fairy" had been corrupted to mean something unbearably twee, so Tolkien used the term "elf" instead, even though, as he well knew, traditional myths about elfs (yes, Tolkien also invented the use of "elves" and "dwarves," as opposed to "elfs" and "dwarfs," as the plurals of "elf" and "dwarf") were very different.
** The film, however, ''compounds'' on this, because it actually makes use of the very vague descriptions Tolkien gave for the elves in ''The Hobbit'' specifically - while Elrond looks very noble, the wood elves are much closer to the original Scandinavian depictions of such creatures, being short, a bit ugly, and having ''green skin''. Which makes them very different from other depictions of elves in Tolkien's wake!
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: The goblins/[[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]] in this film look very unique, with their large throats and bull-like horns.
* RedShirtArmy: The dwarves.
* RefusalOfTheCall: "We hobbits are plain, quiet folk: adventures make one late for dinner."
* RumpRoast: Bilbo, after fleeing back up the secret tunnel from an enraged Smaug. "Extinguish me!"
* RunningGag: An early one involves Gandalf telling Bilbo to think of his favorite things whenever he's feeling down or afraid. Bilbo repeats the mantra many times over for the next several scenes, but develops out of it after his encounter with Gollum.
* SarcasmMode: This exchange, after Smaug boasts that his [[AchillesHeel underside]] is as armored as the rest of him:
-->'''Bilbo:''' Well, I don't know know about that..\\
'''Smaug:''' "You don't know about that." I will ''show'' you!
* SavageWolves:
** The wargs the goblins ride while chasing after the dwarves.
** Smaug's got a wolfish head and snout, the better to make his snarling visage into even greater nightmare fuel when he's truly pissed off.
* SayMyName: "I am Gandalf, and ''[[ShapedLikeItself Gandalf means]]'' -- [[MemeticBadass ME!!"]]
* SecretPassage: "Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks and the last light of the setting sun will shine upon the key-hole."
* SceneryGorn: Gollum's spacious dark cave. Also, a panorama of the aftermath of the Battle of Five Armies.
* SceneryPorn: At times, in terms of artistic renderings. Especially Laketown and Erebor the Lonely Mountain.
* SequelHook: Gandalf tells Bilbo that his story is only beginning, just as the final shot of the film focuses on the One Ring glinting over the mantelpiece. This film was followed up in 1980 with ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'', which skips the first two books of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* [[ShroudedInMyth Shrouded in Pipeweed Smoke]]: "Gandalf! Not the wandering wizard?!" "The same."
* SmokingIsCool: Bilbo's collection of giant, er, pipes.
* TheSoCalledCoward: When Bilbo expresses reluctance to join in the war between the dwarves, elves, and men, Thorin rebukes him and calls him a coward. As a slight [[InvertedTrope Inversion]], this is already after Bilbo has proved his bravery to the Company by rescuing them from the spiders and elves, and sneaking into Smaug's lair alone--all of which Bilbo points out as he stands his ground against Thorin's dismissive attitude.
* StealthHiBye: "Well he is a wizard, you know."
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Ring and Sting, after overcoming Gollum and the spiders.
* SundialWaypoint: The aforementioned SecretPassage can only be opened when the sun shines on a particular bit of cliffside on a particular day.
* ThereIsAnother: "Oh, Bilbo Baggins, if you really understood that ring, as someday members of your family not yet born will, then you'd realize that this story has not ended, [[TheLordOfTheRings but is only beginning]]."
* ThisIsMadness! 14 against 10,000? [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "This is WAR! WAAAAAR!"]]
* TimeCompressionMontage: A variation. When Bilbo and Gollum are riddling, we only hear one riddle from each of them, and then the camera pans away, and all we see are rocks and the tunnels in the mountain, while we hear a slightly-creepy, sung version of a third riddle, after which we return to the game, and Gollum asks his "Time" riddle. The pan-away and song represent an extended period of time passing while they trade riddles back and forth, only returning once things get interesting again.
* UnexplainedAccent: Thranduil, the Elven King, speaks with a distinct German accent thanks to the voice talents of Creator/OttoPreminger. Elrond, however, sounds comparatively un-accented.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The great mountain where Smaug lives.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: When Bilbo climbs up the tree in Mirkwood for a look.
* YourSizeMayVary: Gollum ''(magnified by 1000 [[NightmareFuel in the darkness]])''. See [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bilbogollum.jpg this alternate image, for instance]].