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The Ralph Bakshi adaptation of The Lord of the Rings is a combination of the first book, and half of the second book. It was released in 1978 and meant to be three films, but was forced to be shortened to two, with the intention of finishing with the sequel. Due to Executive Meddling, the original title, The Lord of the Rings Part I, was tossed out, resulting in some disappointment from viewers who expected closure to the story. And while the film did well at the box office, grossing more than enough to break even (a rarity for non-Disney animated feature films of the time) the rest of the second book and the third book was never completed by Bakshi. Later, Rankin-Bass produced a version of The Return of the King, and Peter Jackson did his own take on the story.note Though, Jackson stated that he was a fan of the film — see below.The film mixes bits of Rotoscoping and live action footage. There's also a little bit of traditional animation that doesn't use rotoscoping, but it's one of those blink and you'll miss it moments in the film.If you pay attention, Peter Jackson borrowed some things from this movie for his series - particularly the famous shot of the hobbits hiding from the Ringwraiths in the roots of a tree and the shot where a Hobbit has his very large feet propped up on a table during Bilbo's birthday speech.Viewers of the movie either Love It or Hate It.
Provides Examples Of:
Adaptational Comic Relief: The film turned Samwise into a goofy, incompetent oddball of a hobbit, but in the books, he is brave and loyal. He was meant to become more serious in the second film, which was never made.
Battle Chant: Done by the Orcs from Isengard when they assault Helm's Deep.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: There's a line delivered by either Merri or Pippin saying "...and nothing for poor Grishnakh, gollum". The Finnish subtitles translated the Verbal Tic as "or Gollum either".
The German dub did that, too... the tic becomes "just think of Gollum".
Continuity Lockout: It's a major problem with this film. To some viewers, this film is difficult to understand if you have not read the book. For example, it doesn't explain why Aragorn's broken sword is important.
Death by Adaptation: Unlike the books its implied with Bill the Pony. The last we see of Bill is a whole bunch of tentacles about ensnare him. Shortly afterwards, Poor Sam is lamenting "Poor old Bill. Poor old Bill."
Though, Bill didn't return til far later in the actual story, so it's just a case of What Happened to the Mouse?, since the story never reaches the part where Sam and Bill reunite.
Exact Words: The line mentioned above really came out as "...and nothing for poor Grishnakh, Gollum".
Rotoscoping: Pretty well done for the most part, but during the opening exposition that is visually delivered in silouhette, it's painfully obvious that Gollum is a guy in a big rubber mask and gloves.
Sequel Hook: Due to Executive Meddling, this was supposed to have been titled The Lord of the Rings Part I, but this was deleted from the posters; however, the end still retained a voiceover stating that this film was the end of the first part. The home video editions redubbed a new voiceover without the hook.
Too Dumb to Live: Merry and Pippin, at one point in the movie just run into a camp of orcs.
Two-Part Trilogy: The film ends immediately after Helm's Deep, which most agree would be the best spot to divide the story into two parts if you had no choice.
What The Hell Costuming Department? : Saruman the White is wearing a red robe. Even without reading the book, one would get the impression that these wizards are known by colors for a reason. Gandalf the Grey, does dress in grey until his promotion to White, where he wears...white.