The Lord of the Rings

Film, Animation
The Lord of the Rings

Time Out says

Disney first held the rights to Tolkien's epic in the late '50s, so it's surprising that we had to wait so long, particularly since Kubrick and Boorman both tried unsuccessfully to set up productions. Mercifully, the book has escaped the typical Disney demolition; Bakshi's version, using animation and live-action tracings, is uniformly excellent, sticking closely to the original text and visually echoing many of Tolkien's own drawings. Use of British voices, together with the sensitive Leonard Rosenman sound-track, augments the impression of authenticity; and Bakshi wisely chose to leave Vol. 3 for a later date, which allows him to avoid simplification to the point of superficiality.

By: NFe


Release details

133 mins

Cast and crew

Ralph Bakshi
Chris Conkling, Peter S Beagle
John Hurt
Norman Bird
Christopher Guard
William Squire
Simon Chandler
Michael Scholes
Dominic Guard
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