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[[caption-width-right:345:Surely no one with such a DistinguishedGentlemansPipe goes on grand adventures.]]

->''"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.

Followed up by R-B's adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing''.
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!!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, Brother Theodore as Gollum, and ''Richard Boone'' as Smaug). The only truly noticeable plot point left out is Beorn, who is totally absent, as well as the Arkenstone and the subplot involving it.
* 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: ''Heavily'' inverted with the elves, who are described as beautiful in Tolkien's writings, but here are shown as ugly and having blue skin.
* AdaptationalVillainy: The trolls are far more menacing and much more intelligent, having their decision over how to cook them not be an argument but their own personal preference.
* 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
* {{Animesque}}: Virtually all the animators and one of the two character designers were Japanese, some of whom went to work for [[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!!
* BadassBaritone / BadassBoast: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Smaug]].
* BigOlUnibrow: Gandalf.
* {{Cephalothorax}}: The Goblins. Less so in ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing''. Canonically, the Chief Goblin could bite your head off.
* 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.
* DefinitelyFinalDungeon: Smaug.
* 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: 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
* 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: Played completely straight.
* {{Hobbits}}: ''The'' Hobbit.
* ICallItVera: "Now I will give you a name -- and I shall call you ''[[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Sting!]]"''
* IncendiaryExponent
* InTheStyleOf: WordOfGod is that the look of the film was based on the art of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rackham Arthur Rackham.]]
* LargeHam: Quite a few of the voice actors bring the ham to their characters, Gollum's and Smaug's in particular.
* LimitedAnimation / SpecialEffectsFailure: 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
* 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, 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 them were 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"]], mentioned up top.
-->''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!''
* 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: Although Smaug is based on European dragons who steal gold, he resembles an Eastern dragon and looks more cat-like than reptilian. The {{Animesque}} style is probably an influence.
* OurElvesAreDifferent: You can say that again.
** In fact, 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 ''blue skin''. Which makes them very different from other depictions of elves in Tolkien's wake!
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent / OurOrcsAreDifferent: The goblins 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."
* 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 NightmareFuel when he's truly pissed off.
* SayMyName: "I am Gandalf, and ''[[ShapedLikeItself Gandalf means]]'' -- [[MemeticBadass ME!!"]]
* SecretPassage / SundialWaypoint: "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.
* [[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.
* 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!"]]
* UnexplainedAccent: Thranduil, the Elven King, speaks with a distinct German accent thanks to the voice talents of Creator/OttoPreminger.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: When Bilbo climbs up the tree 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]].
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