Lord of the Rings (animated)


D: Ralph Bakshi
United Artists (Saul Zaentz)
US 1978
133 mins
W: Chris Conkling & Peter S. Beagle [based on the books by J. R. R. Tolkien]
Mus: Leonard Rosenman
voices of: Christopher Guard (Frodo), John Hurt (Aragorn), William Squire (Gandalf), Michael Scholes (Sam)
At the time of it's release, the rotoscoping animated techniques utilised to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's "unfilmable" story to life were considered groundbreaking and revolutionary. However, the film is left incomplete and without a generous enough box office return to complete it, we are only left with half the story.
It's regrettable that this was the case, leaving a cliffhanger ending and a conclusion hanging in limbo.
It's worth watching for historical interest, but the techniques may well look rather daft considering how far animation and visual effects have come in the thirty-plus years hence.
If anything, it's a testament to the excellent job Peter Jackson did bringing a live action version to the screen in 2001.
Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings