Lord of the Rings Animated Classic

Directed By: Ralph Bakshi

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Controversial animator Ralph Bakshi's literal adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, is brought to the screen. An evil sorcerer from a previous era created a magical ring which enables its users to call upon its tremendous powers to rule the world, but it inevitably warps them to evil. It was believed lost, but during a resurgence of magical evil in the world, Bilbo, a simple, plain-spoken hobbit, recovers it from its hiding place. The forces of good give his nephew Frodo the choice to bear the awful burden of the ring to a place where it may be destroyed.


Studio Warner
SKU 213739206
UPC 883929085095
UPC 14 00883929085095
Format DVD
Release Date 9/21/2010
Rating NR
Big Battles
Good Vs. Evil
Swords & Sorcery
Theatrical Release
Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
Note Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's revered Middle-earth saga captures the dark mood of the books extraordinarily well. The film covers the first half of the trilogy--THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and the earlier part of THE TWO TOWERS--as Frodo (voiced by Christopher Guard), the cousin of Bilbo Baggins from THE HOBBIT, is given the all-powerful ring sought by the evil Sauron of Mordor. So begins his adventure, as he must elude Mordor's black riders in an effort to prevent the ring from returning to its owner and thereby signaling the end of Middle-earth. Even with the mighty wizard Gandalf as his ally and faithful friends Merry, Sam, and Pippin by his side, Frodo is still up to his hobbit neck in peril.^Bakshi took a big risk when deciding to direct the beloved Tolkien tale, but the resulting work effectively brings Middle-earth to the screen. Bakshi combines painted live-action footage with various styles of animation to create a very unusual collage-style texture for this film. Viewers should be warned that the story ends rather abruptly, leaving room for a sequel that was, unfortunately, never filmed. Still, for fans of fantasy, this moody, atmospheric version of the novels captures the shadowy hues of Tolkien's work in a way that is unique and worth discovering.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "One ring to rule them all; one ring to find them. One ring to keep them all and in the darkness bind them!"--Gandalf
Variety "...Bakshi has perfected some outstanding pen-and-ink effects while translating faithfully a portion of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy..." 11/08/1978
New York Times "...Bakshi attempts to go beyond the limits of movie animation as we know it....Visually compelling..." 11/15/1978 p.C21
Ralph Bakshi
Cast & Crew
Christopher Guard - Voice
William Squire - Voice
Michael Scholes - Voice
Anthony Daniels - Voice
Saul Zaentz - Producer
John Hurt - Voice
Ralph Bakshi - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
UPC 00883929085095
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 133 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Animation, Deluxe Edition
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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