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Lord of the Rings, The (1978) Movie Information

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Ralph Bakshi


Christopher Guard
William Squire
John Hurt
Michael Scholes
Simon Chandler
Dominic Guard





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Animated by Ralph Bakshi, this film is based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien about Bilbo Baggins and his quest to destroy the One Ring. -- Chris Kavan

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Yojimbo 10/29/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Muddled and overly ambitious attempt to animate Tolkien's novel; it's penchant for "cheating" and just including sections of live action that's been rotoscoped looks a mess and the fact that it just abruptly ends in the middle of the story makes it feel like a bit of a waste of time.

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Chris Kavan 09/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This film has not aged well - plus, after seeing the live-action version, it just can't compare. It does follow the story rather well, even if it is rushed in parts, but I don't think the animation is particularly good and neither is most of the wooden-sounding cast. Back in '78 this may have been good, but today I'm disappointed.

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Snoogans 01/18/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Not as strong of an adaptation as the three live-action films, but still very cinematic for animation of the time. It's fun and entertaining.

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jen1302 09/18/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I remember watching this film when i was kids, I was 4yrs old when this came out on release. I watched it at the age of 12yrs old my brother was 8yrs It's quite eerie the Orcs of Mordor especially how they blended real actors/horses into part animation integrated into the film. I liked it so much I bought it on DVD 20yrs later just so my daughter and partner could see it and they really enjoyed it a brilliant film of it's time and still brilliant today. I have been asked by many people who I know who wanted to see it so I gave them my disc to watch, so I highly recommend watching it only thing is it ends without the final 2 parts but still worth watching.

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12/19/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

First Attempt, First adaption, My First review.

The first adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is a good first attempt at putting the story to the big screen. There are pros & cons to this film, first the cons. Unfortunately, Ralph Bakshi wanted to adapt all 3 books into an animated film, but he didn't have enough time and money to complete the film (Even though this film is one of the longest running animated film, 2 hours and 13 mins). The Fellowship of the Ring part was good, running for an hour and a half, but then The Two Towers was rushed, indicating time and money was running out for production, so the story made less sense near the end. Now the pros of the film. The film features stunning animation, almost as stunning as Fantasia's "Night on Bald Mountain" segment and the 1940s Fleischer Superman cartoon...

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