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The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
An animated fantasy film from 1978 based on the first half of J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novel. The film was mainly filmed using rotoscoping, meaning it was filmed in live action sequences with real actors and then each frame was individually animated.
Animation Sunday 2015 #35- The Lord of the Rings
Peter Jackson's epic, groundbreaking, and phenomenally directed adaptations of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings stories serve as some of the finest examples of fantasy filmmaking out there, but before Jackson had his hands on the material, Ralph Bakshi attempted to stamp his mark on the acclaimed property with an ambitious animation project combined with live-action actors participating in intense battle sequences. As much as I admire the effort, Bakshi's take, though unique, definitely crashed and burned. Since the pressure was too burdensome for him to continue and make the sequel film that would have covered Return of the King, this film, based on Tolkien's first two books, feel incomplete. Heck, even…
After rewatching the Peter Jackson trilogy, I thought I should also rewatch the Ralph Bakshi animated film. I used to love this as a kid and I think it holds up well today. I think it's honestly just as good as Jackson's trilogy and in some cases better.
There was a lot that Jackson did better in his films, but there's also a lot that Bakshi does better here. The best thing I liked that Bakshi did was the characters. He gave the kind of character that I thought was lacking in the Jackson films, namely in Frodo. In Jackson's films, he always came off as too much of vulnerable and reluctant damsel. Here, he can actually take care of…
“You are the one who has the Ring now.”
-Gandalf the Grey (William Squire (Voice))
Part 2 of the Middle-Earth Odyssey.
It’s difficult for me to separate my childhood love and enthusiasm for this version of Tolkien’s immortal series of sprawling epic novels and its sincere quality, having grown up with it (alongside Jackson’s adaptations too, of course).
Directed by Ralph Bakshi, this retelling of The Lord of the Rings is a faithful adaptation of the books and an enjoyable film in its entirety. Originally planned as two separate films charting Tolkien’s trilogy, only one was to see the light of day as producers United Artists unexpectedly refused to finance a sequel, despite its relative success at the Box Office.…
I can't believe this movie actually exists. It's so weirdly put together and oddly acted, completely out of tone not only with Tolkien's original trilogy of books, but out of tone with itself (the ultimate sin for a film to commit). A theatre version of this interpretation of Lord of the Rings is something I feel like would work better. Who knows?
As somebody who loves and appreciates Jackson's modern adaptation of the same source material, this just makes me appreciate it even more. There is just no sense of that wonder or amazement (yes, it's an animated film, but animated films don't get off lightly - often they can…
Film 7# of 70's Cinema Marathon
One immediately thinks of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy in the world of film, but many should know that this was one of Jackson’s influences for the film adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s adventurous novel. Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation when looking at it now is definitely sloppy in some areas, but by no means a ‘bad’ movie. You can see how he wants to do justice to this world of fantasy, and it must not have been an easy task at all. The films problem is this is a story that simply could not be told in a short time.
There a quite a few formative filmic experiences we have whilst growing up. They don't necessarily have to fit around decent films; they just have to provide something to your young life you've never experienced before.
Watching poor old Ralph Bakshi's doomed attempt to bring the unwieldy, badly-written and poorly edited Lord of the Rings novel trilogy to animated life on a school trip to Mold's Theatr Clwyd in about 1980 was certainly one of them. My obsession with the fantasy genre stems from seeing Empire Strikes Back around the same time, but Bakshi's quixotic effort set a high bar for surreal experiences and remains a visual favourite of mine to this day.
Separating the tale from the aesthetics, the…
I have an odd relationship with the work of Ralph Bakshi. He's a terrific animator and storyteller, an inspirational self-made visionary fighting against the established Cartoon studios and Hollywood process. However, most of his films feel very disjointed and uneven in their pacing and techniques and are fairly repetitive in themes. Most of the time though, against all odds, these inadequacies just add to the charm(and I use that term loosely) of his films, however, the uneven pacing and techniques really detracted from this one.
Most of the scenes lacked the certain impact or excitement they really warranted, and the range of animation techniques led to a very inconsistent and often lazy looking film.
Overall, Bakshi was just the wrong choice for a story of this kind.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I think I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m not much of a fan of J.R.R. Tolken’s novels. Certainly, that’s no comment on the quality of Tolken’s work. Hobbits, elves, and dwarves just aren’t much my style. I’m not particularly a fan of Peter Jackson’s much acclaimed film adaptations. Even then, I can’t deny how hugely successful Jackson was in creating a vast, believable universe on screen. I personally might not dig it but it’s still an extremely well-done series of films. Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 animated adaptation of Tolken’s epic is… Less so.
There are a lot of problems with the film. First off is the animation itself. The use of rotoscoping in “Wizards” was mostly limited. In…
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I am actually pretty impressed with this effort. It falls short of Peter Jackson's films, but it does pretty well with the limited time and budget available. Unfortunate that it isn't complete.
Unlike The Hobbit Trilogy, which suffered from the money-grabbing attempt to spread a small book into three epic-length films, this animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings suffers from trying to cram too much story into one film. Everything is hurried and most of the characters are barely introduced. The rotoscoping gives an interesting look to certain scenes, but the animation is mostly dated and crude. I was annoyed that the director didn't wrap up the story. He glossed over so much of Tolkien's story that they might as well have slapped the ending on here instead of waiting for a sequel that never materialized. Just throw the damn ring in the volcano, Frodo!
The film made me laugh many times not particularly because its funny but because it's hilarious how wrong some things were. The rotoscope thing with the real-life people was horrible to watch.
Negative: CHARMLESS & BORING
I have a soft spot for this bonkers adaptation of the first 2 LOTR books... The mix of cel animation and rotoscoping is so weird and uncomfortable in a strange way. It kind of hurts to watch but I can't look away!
This is probably one of the most bizarre animated films I've, but I still think ''The Black Caldron's'' the most bizarre.
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