The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

Ralph Bakshi (1978)

A Certificate


Our Score
Unlikely to satisfy fans of JRR Tolkien's novels, this animated version is also small beer compared to animated spectaculars such as Mulan and The Prince of Egypt, never mind the epic live-action trilogy from director Peter Jackson. Produced by Saul Zaentz - the man behind One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and The English Patient - it seems less concerned with Tolkien than the West Coast drug culture of the mid-1970s and as a herald of New Ageism. It's also rather slow and virtually impossible to follow unless you know the source material. Most damning of all is that only the first two parts of the story (culminating in the battle at Helm's Deep) are covered.


An unassuming hobbit acquires a magical ring, which a vanquished dark lord needs to restore himself to full power. Accompanied by a fellowship of travelling companions, he sets out on a quest to take the ring to the only place in the world where it can be destroyed. Animated fantasy based on JRR Tolkien's novel, with the voices of Christopher Guard, John Hurt, William Squire and Anthony Daniels.

Cast & Crew

Frodo Christopher Guard
Samwise Michael Scholes
Aragorn "Strider" John Hurt
Gandalf William Squire
Merry Simon Chandler
Pippin Dominic Guard
Bilbo Norman Bird
Legolas Anthony Daniels
Gimli David Buck
Smeagol "Gollum" Peter Woodthorpe
Elrond André Morell
Galadriel Annette Crosbie
Director Ralph Bakshi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD