Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
The Lord of the Rings
Fantasy...beyond your imagination
The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.
I admit I have never read the book The Lord of the Rings....and my entire L.O.R. knowledge comes from the mind of Peter Jackson. So when watching the hand drawn Lord of the Rings from Ralph Bakshi...my mind repeatedly went back to Jackson's movies. The story is classic....the animation is interesting.....the pace of the movie seems like it is on steroids compared to Jackson's very laid back pace. This movie covers The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers...but ends after the fight at Helms Deep. Sadly Bakshi never got to finish the trilogy.
The movie is interesting but compared to the Jackson's movies it is like reading cliff notes. Cliff notes are fine....but to get the whole experience…
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.
The animation has really unsettled me. I'm not sure why but it's like it's unlocked something I feared as a child...
I understand it was rotoscoped but the other aspects of it were off and unsettling...
Before Peter Jackson immortalised the writings of Tolkiens Lord Of The Rings to the big screen, it was a work deemed un-filmable, but that didn't stop animator Ralph Bakshi from attempting back in 1978. And for such a hard task, i think its a gallant attempt.
Many will surely watch this and compare it to Jackson's work, but I think that would be a shame, as this quaint little film has surely held up over the years, and was quite an accomplishment for the time it was made (well, it would have been had it been completed), especially if you look at the wonderful animation on show. You'd be better off comparing it to some of the Disney cartoons s…
Some very impressive and interesting animation hamstrung by some really awful voice acting and a weird sense of pacing, plus an incredibly abrupt ending that unfortunately Bakshi was never able to finish.
I can see the indelible mark Bakshi's film left on Jackson's trilogy, which was really interesting to see, be it shot compositions or the structure of entire scenes. But, I'm of the opinion though that Lord of the Rings (prior to Jackson's trilogy) was an impossible thing to adapt. It's simply too big in scale for it to have been made in this time period or before it, and Bakshi's film definitely present those very problems. Even Kubrick had deemed it 'unfilmable' with the then current technology.
I deeply respect Bakshi, I really do. He's a rebel within the industry and dared to try new things/experiment in an otherwise stale field within feature films. That being said, his often very…
Ralph Bakshi har i dag legendestatus pga. de specielle og psykedeliske fantasy-tegnefilm han lavede i 70´erne og 80´erne. Dette er hans filmatisering af Ringenes Herre, og selvom den varer 132 min, er det kun første halvdel af første bog der bliver for fortalt.. dvs. det er altså en film der tager sin tid. En stil der har været i alle de Ralph Bakshi film jeg har set indtil videre. Det er både en styrke, og en svaghed.
Peter Jackson har udtalt at han brugte denne film som stor inspirationskilde til hans filmatisering af Ringenes Herre, og der er også mange af scenerne der er meget tydeligt kopieret. Selve kostumerne og stilen af verdenen er også meget det samme. Det er…
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 may contain 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…
Si tuviese que ponerle a una película el calificativo de "mi película de la infancia", sería esta. Y qué película.
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.
Here is what I hope becomes a comprehensive list of every film worthy of being labeled a cult classic.