The Lord of the Rings (1978)

The Lord of the Rings (1978)

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Before Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning trilogy, Ralph Bakshi adapted JRR Tolkien's fantasy epic with this rotoscope animated feature.

1978Rating: PG132 minsSpain, UK, USAFantasy Films, Bakshi Productions, Saul Zaentz Film Productions
AdventureAnimatedFantasy

Streaming (2 Providers)

The Lord of the Rings (1978) | Reviews

51%43 reviews

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Falls far short of the charm and sweep of the original story.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film is visually compelling even when murk overtakes the narrative.

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Time Out

Time 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.

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Variety

Variety

Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

The film is flat, dull, and sloppy.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Lacking a firm center in Frodo's story, the film plays itself out as a bewildering parade of elves, dwarves, ores, trolls and talking trees.

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The Lord of the Rings (1978) | Release Details

The Lord of the Rings (1978) is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.