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The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle Earth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Guard ...
Frodo (voice)
William Squire ...
Gandalf (voice)
Michael Scholes ...
Sam (voice)
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Aragorn (voice)
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Merry (voice)
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Pippin (voice)
Norman Bird ...
Bilbo (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ...
Boromir (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
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Legolas (voice)
David Buck ...
Gimli (voice)
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Gollum (voice)
Fraser Kerr ...
Saruman (voice)
Philip Stone ...
Theoden (voice)
Michael Deacon ...
Wormtongue (voice)
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Elrond (voice) (as Andre Morell)
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Storyline

A young Hobbit named Frodo (Guard) is thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the one ring which was created by the dark lord Sauron. He is assigned with warriors including Gandalf (Squire), Aragorn (Hurt) and Boromir (Cox). It's not going to be an easy journey for the Fellowship of the Ring, on the ultimate quest to rid Middle-Earth of all evil. Written by Film_Fan

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15 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 5,521,217 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Filmed with live actors in black-and-white and rotoscoped, each animation cel drawn over a film frame of an actor. This was the first entirely rotoscoped animated feature. See more »

Goofs

Gandalf and Aragorn pronounce "Edoras" differently. See more »

Quotes

[Frodo gasps and lunges after the ring after Gandalf has tossed it into the lit fireplace]
Gandalf: [restraining Frodo] Wait. Do you desire it so much already?
Frodo Baggins: [lying] No, but, but why ruin it?
Gandalf: Because it is altogether *evil*. It will corrupt and destroy anyone who wears it, until he passes into the world of shadows under the power of Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor.
Frodo Baggins: [distraught] Not Bilbo!
Gandalf: [pointing] *You* are the one who has the Ring now.
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There is an Inn
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Performed by Christopher Guard
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A misfire for Bakshi, that much is certain
8 September 2002 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

I won't dwell on the purists' outrage over Bakshi's liberties with story or characters. For the most part, they are correct. I'm certainly not coming to the filmmaker's defense, but in the context of the material's density, animation technology of 1978, et al., this guy really took a swing at bringing this thing to the silver screen.

Sadly, the film wasn't that good. Much of the animation was disjointed, and most of the backgrounds were crudely drawn and failed to create the correct atmosphere that one gets from reading the book. I will say, though, that I have always liked the rotoscoping, in particular that of the orcs. There is something exceedingly frightening about the way they are displayed, something today's CGI characterizations seems to miss. Bakshi used this technique in his other works as well, particularly in Wizards, which is a better, if different, film than his version of LotR. But mixing purely-drawn characters (hobbits) with those that are rotoscoped (orcs) just didn't look right here.

I must agree with some others who assert that some of the frame direction and scene selection is oddly similar to Peter Jackson's version of late. And if Jackson was influenced by at least SOME of the look of Bakshi's film, then what's the harm?

If you want to be dazzled, this version of LotR probably won't rouse you. There's many more misses than hits. But it isn't as bad as many would have you believe. If it weren't a Tolkien adaptation, I think it would be received much better.


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