The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie TrailerMPAA Rating: PG-13, for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images
Runtime: 169 minutes
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Peter Jackson
Release Date: December 14, 2012 (2D/3D/IMAX)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Official Synopsis
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Fun for Families
The story told in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey happens before the events in the Lord of the Rings movies. The movies are based on the classic books by J.R.R Tolkein. Elizabeth Kennedy, our About.com guide to children's books, recommends The Hobbit for kids ages 9 and up. The book is also a great read-aloud for families with kids 7-9+ to read together. If you decide to read the book as a family before or after seeing the movie, take some time to discuss the story together. Here are some good discussion questions for The Hobbit to get you started.