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    This animated feature by Rankin/Bass was only slightly better than its predecessor, The Hobbit. It was meant to finish out the series started by the Ralph Bakshi "Lord Of the Rings" from 1978. Since it did not appear at the time that we could do any better, we had to settle for animated versions of the Tolkien classics. The consenus was that the Lord of the Rings series was far too complicated to be adapted for a live action movie, and even if it could be it was far too ambitious for anyone to ever attempt. I never really cared for the music except for "Where there's a whip, there's a way!". (The book quote is "Where there's a whip there's a will, my slugs. ") Young teens certainly might enjoy this introduction to the book.

    It was a huge improvement on the Bakshi effort. That particular movie was one of the few that has ever put me to sleep.

    Kasey Kasem's voice makes an appearance as Merry. Roddy MacDowall voices Samwise. Some of the incidental voices are right out of the Hanna Barbera stable. Gimli and Legolas were written out, but if you remember the wood elf "aliens" from The Hobbit, you might be glad to never see them. The witch king is suitably evil, and Gandalf ( John Huston) is suitably noble.

    Show this to your kids if you dare, otherwise wait for them to read the book. {BB}

    Added: May 5th 2004
    Reviewer: BB
    29 Point Scale Score: 13    [13]

    Related Link (IMDB): IMDB
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    Language: english


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