The Hobbit is an animated film from the late 1970s that is adapted from the fantasy novel of the same name. It follows the titular "hobbit," Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited into an adventuring party of a wizard, known as Gandalf the Gray, and thirteen dwarves. This party is joined so that the dwarves can reclaim the sovereignty and treasure of the Lonely Mountain, a stronghold that was overtaken by the overwhelming might of the dragon known as Smaug.
During this quest, Bilbo acquires a magical ring that grants invisibility, a short sword with an enchantment that causes it to glow when in proximity to orcs, and the fabled artifact known as the Arkenstone. However, this also has him encountering goblins, orcs, bigoted elves, monstrous large spiders that are capable of speech, and Gollum; a twisted and corrupted hobbit who gained long-life and lost his sanity from the influences of the magical ring Bilbo pockets away.
The Hobbit is directed and produced by Rankin-Bass Productions and is distributed by Warner Brothers Family Entertainment. The Hobbit has a total running time of 77 minutes. Thurl Ravenscroft and Don Messick comprise some of the voice talent hired for the television film.