The Lord of the Rings (1978)
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Critic Reviews for The Lord of the Rings
It looked terrible then and it still does: cartoon characters move differently from live actors, and the attempt to duplicate natural movement ends in stylistic incoherence.
Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out.
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.
The film is visually compelling even when murk overtakes the narrative.
Falls far short of the charm and sweep of the original story.
Audience Reviews for The Lord of the Rings
Hated it, bored me!
Bakshi's version of Lord of the Rings, which is of course animated, is good, I enjoyed it, sometimes there are fantasy elements that can only be brought to life in the animated form. The movie follows very close to the book, and the characters look just as I expected them to. I enjoyed this version.
Now this is much better than the live action movies. Its done with rotoscoping and looks great. Very dark, brooding and alittle eerie, especially the orges and the landscapes. It really looks sooo good, the animation is also good for the time and combines some live action in there too which sounds odd but does work. The voice work is another main winner here, it makes the whole thing rise above your expectations and lift it out of the realms of a 'cartoon', every character is perfect and adds realism to the film, Hurt offering that real classic touch. This is how the Lord of the Rings should have been.
The Lord of the Rings Quotes
|Gollum:||Don't hurt us! Don't let them hurt us, precious!, Cruel little hobbitses!|
|Aragorn:||And who are they going to trust? A fat innkeeper who only remembers his name because people shout it at him all day?|
|Gandalf:||Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in next time! Be quiet!|
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