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
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.
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…
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.…
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…
A first time watch for me. Pretty awesome, not sure why it took me so long to check it out. It's pretty incredible how close certain scenes from this roto-scope animated version is to Peter Jackson's first two LotR films, both in tone and visuals - though this version is far more psychedelic. Loved it.
I'm tempted to check out the next animated film that tells the last book, but I've heard its not worth my time. Thoughts?
Discussed in full on episode #91 of the Cinereelist podcast, as well as The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.
Pomfret Library - DVD
I was a kid when I saw it and I remember not liking it at all. The rotoscoping animation was probably not a good choice to use in this movie.
Some cool rotoscoping with photo tinted backdrops (especially of the night walkers). Some pacing issues but not too off for its style / era. Some uncanny design similar to Jackson's trilogy, so, clearly influential. Didn't have an ending. :/
This had potential but the endless use of rotoscoping was a bit dull and they never finished the story!
A million times better than the peter Jackson ones
Oh c'mon letterboxd people. Yeah, this is an interesting experiment, but as a movie it's mostly crap and you know it. How am I supposed to be transported by a singular vision when its defining characteristic is a lack of visual consistency? The mix of rotoscoping techniques (frequently in the same shot) is so jarring there's no way to get involved in the story, esp. when we're supposed to feel threatened by an army of orcs that look like the same ten guys in identical cheesy costumes (because they clearly were). And while all that can be chalked up to production issues, there's no excuse for the incompetent editing, atrocious sense of space and actors that almost never look like…
3 out of 5 (B-)
Way before Peter Jackson was this animated version of The Lord of the Rings.
Originally it was the first of two movies and does end midway through the story.
It used rotoscoping (live action individually animated) and this gives it a strange quality.
Its a great adaptation and I am still gutted the second film never got made.
One day perhaps....
It's like a weird fever dream.
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…
Here is what I hope becomes a comprehensive list of every film worthy of being labeled a cult classic.