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Director:
Writers:
Chris Conkling (screenplay)
J.R.R. Tolkien (novels) ...
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Release Date:
15 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Come to Middle-earth, a world beyond the furthest reaches of your imagination. See more »
Plot:
The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle Earth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
it's almost like trying to put judgment on some brave, weird, unique piece of interpretation, that only has half its limbs See more (307 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Christopher Guard ... Frodo (voice)
William Squire ... Gandalf (voice)
Michael Scholes ... Sam (voice)

John Hurt ... Aragorn (voice)

Simon Chandler ... Merry (voice)

Dominic Guard ... Pippin (voice)
Norman Bird ... Bilbo (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ... Boromir (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)

Anthony Daniels ... Legolas (voice)
David Buck ... Gimli (voice)
Peter Woodthorpe ... Gollum (voice)
Fraser Kerr ... Saruman (voice)
Philip Stone ... Theoden (voice)
Michael Deacon ... Wormtongue (voice)

André Morell ... Elrond (voice) (as Andre Morell)
Alan Tilvern ... Innkeeper (voice)

Annette Crosbie ... Galadriel (voice)
John Westbrook ... Treebeard (voice)
John A. Neris ... Gandalf
Sharon Baird ... Frodo
Michael Lee Gogin
Paul Gale
Patrick Sullivan Burke

Billy Barty ... Bilbo / Sam
Donn Whyte

Trey Wilson
Albert Ash (as Albert Cirimele)
Patty Maloney

Jere Rae Mansfield (as Jeri Lea Ray)

Felix Silla
Mike Clifford
Larry Larsen
Art Hern
David Dotson
Tommy Madden
Gary Jensen

Aesop Aquarian
Santy Josol
Stan Barrett
John L. (as John L)
Herbie Braha (as Herb Braha)
Sam Laws
Hank Calia
Terry Leonard
Frank Delfino
Peter Looney
Russ Ernest (as Russ Earnest)
Dennis Madalone
Louie Elias
Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei (as Buck Maffei)
Edoardo Faieta (as Eddy Fay)
Jerry Maren
Carmen Filpi
Harry Monty
Ruth Gay
Frank Morson
Leonard P. Geer (as Lenny Gear)

Walter Robles (as Walt Robles)
Harriet Gibson (as Harriett Gibson)

Mic Rodgers
Bob Haney
Angelo Rossitto
Chuck Hayward
Peter Risch (as Pete Risch)
Eddie Hice (as Eddy Hice)
Jack Verbois

Loren Janes
Greg Walker (as Gregg Walker)

Directed by
Ralph Bakshi 
 
Writing credits
Chris Conkling (screenplay)

J.R.R. Tolkien (novels "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers")

Peter S. Beagle  screenplay

Produced by
Saul Zaentz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
 
Cinematography by
Timothy Galfas (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Donald W. Ernst 
Peter Kirby 
 
Art Direction by
Phil Carroll (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Patricia Messina .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Steven Hahn .... production manager (uncredited)
Denise O'Dell .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sparey .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stephen Katz .... consultant: Dolby
Carl Lewis .... assistant sound editor (as Cari Lewis)
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Mumford .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Sharp .... assistant sound editor (as Daniel Sharp)
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Cathy McKelvey .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
John Post .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Curt Schulkey .... adr editor (uncredited)
Curt Schulkey .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
James W. Riley .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Bray .... still photographer
 
Animation Department
Marcia Adams .... landscape painter
Christopher D. Andrews .... animation effects (as Christopher Andrews)
Craig Armstrong .... key animator
Dale Baer .... key animator
Dale Baer .... layout artist
Brenda Banks .... key animator
Carl Bell .... key animator
Nino Carbe .... animation effects
Mary Jane Cole .... ink and paint special effects
Jesus Cortes .... key animator
Janet Cummings .... color modeler
Janet Cummings .... ink and paint supervisor
Retta Davidson .... assistant animator
James A. Davis .... key animator
Lillian Evans .... key animator
Dotti Foell .... animation checker
Frank Gonzales .... key animator
Steven E. Gordon .... key animator (as Steven Gordon)
Stan Green .... animation effects
Edgar Gutierrez .... cel reproductions
Vince Gutierrez .... ink and paint supervisor
Lee Guttman .... ink and paint supervisor
Ann Hamilton .... ink and paint special effects
Kevin Hanna .... layout artist
Edwin B. Hirth III .... landscape painter
Mentor Huebner .... layout artist
Charlotte Huffine .... assistant animator
Barry E. Jackson .... landscape painter (as Barry Jackson)
Sam Jaimes .... animator
David Jonas .... layout artist
Sean Joyce .... key animator
Lisa Kahatriya .... ink and paint supervisor (as Lisa Kshatriya)
Chrystal Klabunde .... key animator (as Chrystal Russell)
Rob LaDuca .... assistant animator (as Rob La Duca)
Terry Lennon .... assistant animator (as Terrence Lennon)
Ed Newmann .... assistant animator (as Edward Newmann)
Linda Pearce .... ink and paint special effects
Manuel Perez .... animator (as Manny Perez)
Daniel Pia .... animation production supervisor
Michael G. Ploog .... layout artist (as Mike Ploog)
Carol Kieffer Police .... landscape painter (as Carol Kieffer)
Lou Police .... background assistant
Sally Reymond .... ink and paint supervisor
Nelda Ridley .... ink and paint supervisor
Lenord Robinson .... key animator
Joe Roman .... animator
Phil Roman .... animator
Emalene Seutter .... ink and paint special effects (as Emaline Seutter)
Paul Smith .... key animator
Irven Spence .... key animator
J. Michael Spooner .... background assistant
Karin Stover .... ink and paint special effects
Martin Taras .... animator
Barry Temple .... assistant animator
Ruth Tompson .... ink and paint supervisor
Hank Tucker .... key animator
Ira Turek .... background assistant
John Vita .... landscape painter (as Johnnie Vita)
Ed Wexler .... key animator (as Edward Wexler)
Bruce Woodside .... key animator
Louise Zingarelli .... layout artist
Micki Zurcher .... ink and paint supervisor
Kristine Brown .... final checker (uncredited)
Daryl Carstensen .... xerox checker (uncredited)
Davis Doi .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Brad Frost .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Edward Goral .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Ray Harris .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Larry Leker .... animator (uncredited)
Madlyn O'Neill .... paint technician (uncredited)
Gary Randall .... animator (uncredited)
Richard Raynis .... background illustrator (uncredited)
Rusty Stoll .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Tom Tataranowicz .... animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Barbe .... special costume designer and constructor
Lynne Betner .... special costume designer and constructor
Hollis Trainer .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Tom Hooper .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor
 
Other crew
Mark Bakshi .... production staff
Leah Bernstein .... assistant to director
Lynne Betner .... assistant to director
Martin Cohen .... production staff
Christine Danzo .... production staff (as Christine L. Danzo)
Nancy Eichler .... assistant to producer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jacquelyn Herst .... production staff
Jacqueline Roettcher .... studio production supervisor
Cathy Rose .... production staff
Michael Takamoto .... production staff
Robert K. Feldmann .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
132 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (5.1) (L-R) | Dolby Stereo (Dolby 5.1) (5.1) (L-R)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Trey Wilson, who played Nathan Arizona in Raising Arizona (1987), did the live action stand ins for Aragorn whenever they would blend in the animation scenes with live action sequences through out the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The name of the wizard of Isengard fluctuates between "Saruman" and "Aruman" throughout the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Sam:Straight stairs, winding stairs what comes after that?
Gollum:We shall see, oh yes... We shall see.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Taxaquizzen: Episode #1.8" (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
MITHRANDIRSee more »

FAQ

Why does the film only cover half of the story?
Why wasn't it indicated that this would be the first part of the story?
Who is Aruman?
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33 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
it's almost like trying to put judgment on some brave, weird, unique piece of interpretation, that only has half its limbs, 17 September 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Godard once said a way to criticize a movie is to just make one, and probably the strongest kind that could be made about Ralph Bakshi's take on Tolkien's magnum opus the Lord of the Rings, has actually been made by Peter Jackson. The recent trilogy, to me, aren't even total masterpieces, but they are given enough room with each book to breath in all the post-modern techniques crossed with classical storytelling to make them very good, sweeping entertainments.

But as one who has not read the books, I end up now looking upon the two versions, live-action (albeit partly animated in its big visual effects way) and animated (albeit partly done with actual live action as the framework) in relation to just the basic story, not even complete faithfulness to the books. And with Bakshi's version, it's almost not fair in a way, as what we do see is really not the complete vision, not what Jackson really had (probably final cut). Robbed of Return of the King's big climactic rush of the story, and with the other two parts becoming rushed, I ended up liking it more for what it did within its limitations, though as such those same limitations make it disappointing.

What's interesting too, after seeing the Jackson films first- which I also slightly regret being that I might've reacted to this differently when I was younger and prior to five years ago- is that the basic elements of the story never get messed up with. Everything that is really needed to tell the Fellowship of the Ring story is actually pretty much intact, and if anything what was probably even more gigantic and epic in Tolkien's book is given some clarity in this section. The actors playing the parts of the hobbits and the other heroes, are more or less adequate for the parts, with a few parts standing out (John Hurt as Aragorn and William Squire as Gandalf).

The lack of extra characterization does end up making things seem a little face-value for those who've not even seen the other films or read the books and can't put them into context. But there is some level of interest always with the characters, and here there's a more old-fashioned sensibility amid the large aura of it being more. This is not a garden variety Disney adaptation- warts and all, this is a Bakshi film, with his underground animation roots colliding with the mythical world of Middle Earth.

And what Bakshi and his animation team bring to the film is one that ends up giving what is on screen, in all its abbreviated form, its hit or miss appeal. Along with being not totally complete as a film, or as stories, the form of the film is an experiment, to see if something can be entirely rotoscoped. The results end up bringing what seems now to be retro, but at the time of course was something that was a rough, crazy inspiration on the part of the filmmakers. Might it have been better with more traditional drawn animation? In some parts, yeah; it does become a little noticeable, as was also the case in Bakshi's American Pop, that the main characters move in such ways that are a little shaky, like some kind of comic-book form done in a different way. Still, there's much I admired in what was done.

The orcs, for example, I found to be really amazing in they're surreal surroundings. They're maybe the best part of the combination of the animation on top of the live-action, especially during parts where there isn't battle footage (that's really the real hit-or-miss section, as there isn't continuity from the good and bad rotoscoping), and the chiaroscuro comes through with big shapes on top of horseback. It's creepy in a good way. And the backgrounds, while also very rough and sometimes too sketchy, are beautiful with the mixtures and blasts of colors together. It's almost something for art-film buffs as much as for the ring-nuts.

So, how would I recommend this animated take on the Lord of the Rings? I don't know, to tell the truth. It's certainly a good notch above the other Tolkien animated film I've seen, the Hobbit (and I've yet to see the animated ROTK), and there is some real artistry going on. There's also some stilted dialog, an all-too-rushed Two Towers segment with the most intriguing character Gollum being reduced to maybe two scenes in all. And seeing something as fragmented like this ends up only reinforcing the completeness of the more recent films.

If you're a fan of the books contemplating checking this out, I would say it's worth a chance, even if it's one of those chances where you watch for forty minutes and then decide whether to stop it or not. As for it fitting into Bakshi's other films I've seen it's an impressive ambitious and spotty achievement, where as with Lynch's Dune it's bound to draw a dark, mordor-like line in the sand between those who hate it passionately and those who don't. I don't.

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