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1978 Animated Version of The Lord of the Rings Movie Releases

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Shown Left: Lord of the Rings VHS
Warner Home Video
1978
Produced By: Ralph Bakshi
Animated / Live Action mix
Starring: Christopher Guard, William Squire, See more
Director: Ralph Bakshi
Format: Color, Animated, Closed-captioned, NTSC
Video Release September 11, 2001

Although it was ultimately overshadowed by Peter Jackson's live-action trilogy, Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic is not without charms of its own. A target of derision from intolerant fans, this ambitious production is nevertheless a respectably loyal attempt to animate the first half of Tolkien's trilogy, beginning with the hobbit Frodo's inheritance of "the One Ring" of power from Bilbo Baggins, and ending with the wizard Gandalf's triumph over the evil army of Sauron and his orcs. While the dialogue is literate and superbly voiced by a prestigious cast (including John Hurt as Aragorn), Leonard Rosenman's accomplished score effectively matches the ominous atmosphere that Bakshi's animation creates and sustains. Bakshi's lamentable decision to combine traditional cel animation with "rotoscoped" (i.e., meticulously traced) live-action footage is jarringly distracting and aesthetically disastrous, but when judged by its narrative content, this deserves more credit than it typically receives.

 

Lord of the Rings DVD
1978
Produced By: Ralph Bakshi
Animated / Live Action mix



J.R.R. Tolkien Animated Films Set (The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings/The Return of the King) (1977)
Orson Bean (Actor), John Huston (Actor)
Arthur Rankin Jr. (Director), Jules Bass (Director)
Rated: NR
Format: DVD
Writers: Chris Conkling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter S. Beagle, Romeo Muller
Producers: Arthur Rankin Jr.
Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Thai Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Warner Home Video DVD
Release Date: December 11, 2001
Run Time: 308 minutes
ASIN: B00005UM49

J.R.R. Tolkien Animated Films Set (The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings/The Return of the King) (1977)
Orson Bean (Actor), John Huston (Actor)
Arthur Rankin Jr. (Director), Jules Bass (Director)
Rated: NR
Format: VHS
Writers: Chris Conkling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter S. Beagle, Romeo Muller
Producers: Arthur Rankin Jr.
Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Number of Tapes: 3
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: November 6, 2001
Run Time: 308 minutes
ASIN:B00005RJ2W

The Lord of the Rings (1978 Animated Movie) (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Christopher Guard (Actor), William Squire (Actor)
Ralph Bakshi (Director)
Rated: PG
Format: DVD
Writers: Chris Conkling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter S. Beagle
Producers: Saul Zaentz
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
Language: English Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video DVD
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Run Time: 132 minutes
ASIN: B0033090D2

The Lord of the Rings (1978 Animated Movie) [Blu-ray]
Christopher Guard (Actor), William Squire (Actor)
Ralph Bakshi (Director)
Rated: PG
Format: Blu-ray
Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video DVD
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Run Time: 132 minutes
ASIN: B001PQZYR2.






1978 Animated Version of The Return of the King Movie Releases

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Pictured Left Top: The Return of the King
Rankin Bass
1979
Format: VHS

Pictured Left Middle: The Return of the King
Rankin Bass
1979
Format: DVD

Pictured Left Bottom: The Return of the King
East West Entertainment
1979
Format: DVD

The creative team behind 1978's impressive animation feature based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbit return with this entry drawn from Tolkien's famous trilogy. It's good work all around, and not at all the kind of feature-length cartoon that reduces good books to treacle. Orson Bean returns as the voice of Bilbo Baggins as well as that of the trilogy's hero, Frodo. John Huston is commanding again as the voice of the wizard Gandalf, and also in the vocal cast are William Conrad, Paul Frees, and Roddy McDowall