Students of animated technique and Tolkien story-telling will find a lot to like in what Ralph Bakshi has done with Lord of the Rings. Unquestionably, Bakshi has perfected some outstanding pen-and-ink effects while translating faithfully a portion of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy. But in his concentration on craft and duty to the original story - both admirable in themselves - Bakshi overlooks the uninitiated completely.

Students of animated technique and Tolkien story-telling will find a lot to like in what Ralph Bakshi has done with Lord of the Rings. Unquestionably, Bakshi has perfected some outstanding pen-and-ink effects while translating faithfully a portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy. But in his concentration on craft and duty to the original story – both admirable in themselves – Bakshi overlooks the uninitiated completely.

Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out. The introductory narration explaining the Rings is confusing, making the rest of the quest seem pointless in many places. Boring is an equally good word, especially toward the end of two hours.

The Lord of the Rings

Production

Fantasy. Director Ralph Bakshi; Producer Saul Zaentz; Screenplay Chris Conkling, Peter S. Beagle; Music Leonard Rosenman

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 131 MIN.

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