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Sunday Cinema: Ralph Bakshi’s Animated “Lord Of The Rings” (1978)

I have oddly fond memories of this animated treatment of Tolkien’s classic. Ralph Bakshi’s presentation may be a truncation of the trilogy, but for its day, the animation was fantastic. Watch and see for yourself…

[via Kevin Maher]

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3 Comments on Sunday Cinema: Ralph Bakshi’s Animated “Lord Of The Rings” (1978)

  1. Scott Cupp // April 29, 2012 at 6:27 am //

    This film was very underappreciated when it was released. Enough so that the project was unfinished. Later Rankin Bass produced a finale to the film that I cannot bring myself to watch, since I generally loathe their other productions.

  2. I believe all the animation was ‘rotoscoped’, traced from live action scenes.

    Remember his movie Wizards?

  3. I think I told the story that the reason I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings was because these films were going to be shown on TV back to back, and my brother thought that I should read them in the few days before they aired…

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