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The Lord of the Rings -- All of the magical adventure of "Lord of the Rings" trilogy comes to life in this brilliantly animated tale of the enchanted land of Middle Earth.
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Release Date:
15 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Come to Middle-earth, a world beyond the furthest reaches of your imagination. See more »
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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Animated version of The Lord Of The Rings - quite good, but suffers because too many unfairly compare it to the new Peter Jackson version. See more (314 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Christopher Guard ... Frodo Baggins / Mr. Underhill (voice)
William Squire ... Gandalf The Grey / Gandalf The White / Narrator / Dwimmerlaik - The Witch-King of Angmar (voice)
Michael Scholes ... Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee (voice)

John Hurt ... Aragorn 'Strider' - Son of Arathorn (voice)

Simon Chandler ... Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck (voice)

Dominic Guard ... Peregrin 'Pippin' Took (voice)
Norman Bird ... Uncle Bilbo Baggins (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ... Boromir - Son of Denethor (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)

Anthony Daniels ... Legolas Greenleaf - Son of Thranduil / Déagol - Smeagol's Cousin (voice)
David Buck ... Gimli - Son of Gloin (voice)
Peter Woodthorpe ... Gollum / Smeagol (voice)
Fraser Kerr ... Saruman The White Sorcerer / Narrator (segment "Epilogue") (voice)
Philip Stone ... King Theoden / Uglúk - Uruk-Hai Captain (voice)
Michael Deacon ... Grima Wormtongue - Saruman's Spy / Grishnákh - Mordor Orc Captain (voice)

André Morell ... Lord Elrond (voice) (as Andre Morell)
Alan Tilvern ... Mr. Barliman Butterbur - Innkeeper / Odo Proudfoot (voice)

Annette Crosbie ... Lady Galadriel of Lothlorien (voice)
John Westbrook ... Treebeard - Ent Leader / Lord Celeborn of Lothlorien (voice)
John A. Neris ... Gandalf The Grey / Gandalf The White
Sharon Baird ... Frodo Baggins
Michael Lee Gogin
Paul Gale
Patrick Sullivan Burke

Billy Barty ... Bilbo / Sam
Donn Whyte

Trey Wilson ... Aragorn 'Strider' - Son of Arathorn
Albert Ash (as Albert Cirimele)
Patty Maloney

Jere Rae Mansfield ... Lady at Inn (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 ... Mustachioed Red Hood Cloaked Customer at Inn
Terry Leonard ... Bald Customer at Inn
Frank Delfino

Peter Looney
Russ Ernest (as Russ Earnest)
Dennis Madalone ... Prince Isildur - Son of Elendil
Louie Elias
Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei ... The Dark Lord Sauron (as Buck Maffei)
Edoardo Faieta (as Eddy Fay)
Jerry Maren
Carmen Filpi
Harry Monty
Ruth Gay ... 2nd Lady at Inn
Frank Morson
Leonard P. Geer (as Lenny Gear)

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

Mic Rodgers ... Marshal Eomer - Theoden's Nephew
Bob Haney
Angelo Rossitto ... 5th Dwarf Customer at Inn
Chuck Hayward
Peter Risch (as Pete Risch)
Eddie Hice (as Eddy Hice)
Jack Verbois

Loren Janes
Greg Walker (as Gregg Walker)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lucille Bliss ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Mel Smith ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Bakshi 
Writing credits
Chris Conkling (screenplay) and
Peter S. Beagle (screenplay)

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

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
Karin Holmquist .... ink and paint special effects (as Karin Stover)
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
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)
Tim Burton .... inbetween artist (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
Paul Kont .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
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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132 min
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
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)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12/9 (1988) | Finland:K-12 (1980) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Peru:PT | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Cel animation was produced and shot for this film, but was cut out at the last minute. Only a few brief segments of the film were drawn from scratch, with much of the film rotoscoped, and some sequences combining non-rotoscoped live-action footage with animation.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The Dwarf Gimli is almost as tall as the human and Elven characters in this movie. Presumably the actor who played him in the live-action footage was insufficiently short, and it was considered impractical to shrink him in the rotoscoping process.See more »
Gollum:My Precious. My Precious.See more »
There is an InnSee more »


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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65 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Animated version of The Lord Of The Rings - quite good, but suffers because too many unfairly compare it to the new Peter Jackson version., 30 May 2006
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

More than twenty years before Peter Jackson's visionary adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings, there was this 1978 animated effort from director Ralph Bakshi. An ambitious and reasonably faithful version of the story, this has sadly been rather over-shadowed by the Jackson trilogy. Indeed, many reviewers here on the IMDb (mainly those who saw the newer version first) seem to be fiercely unkind to this version.... but if one applies a little common sense, and takes into consideration the time when it was made and the technical possibilities that existed at that time, then they will realise that this is a pretty good film. Indeed, it was shortly after seeing this animated movie back in the early '80s that I sought out Tolkien's book and immediately became a lifelong fan of these richly detailed Middle Earth adventures. So, in some respects, I owe this film a degree of acknowledgement as the film which shaped my literary tastes forever.

Sauron, the Dark Lord of Middle Earth, forges an all-powerful ring that gives him incredible power. Following a great battle during which Sauron is defeated, the ring falls into possession of a king named Isildur…. but instead of destroying it he foolishly chooses to keep it. For centuries the ring passes from hand to hand, eventually coming into the possession of a hobbit named Frodo Baggins who lives in a peace-loving community known as The Shire. Frodo learns from a wizard named Gandalf that his ring is in fact The One Ring, the very same that was forged by Sauron all those centuries ago, and that its master is once again searching for it in order to restore his dark power over the entire land. Frodo embarks on a perilous journey to protect the ring with three other hobbit companions, but every step of the way they are hunted by Sauron's ring-wraiths, the Black Riders. There follow many adventures, during which a company of nine adventurers is formed to guide the ring to the only place where it can be "unmade" – Mount Doom, in the land of Mordor. The film concludes with Frodo and his best friend Sam on the borders of Mordor, closing ever nearer to their horrifying destination. Meanwhile Gandalf and the other members of the company fight off a huge army of orcs at the legendary fortress of Helm's Deep.

This version covers just over half of the original book. A second instalment was planned to bring the story to an end, but was sadly never completed. While the ending feels abrupt, it does at least end at a sensible point in the story. One has to feel a little frustration and regret that no sequel exists in which we might follow these animated heroes to their eventual goal. The animation is passable, with a nice variety of locales and characters presented in interesting detail. The music by Leonard Rosenman is suitably stirring and fits in appropriately with the epic narrative. The voice-overs are decent, too, especially John Hurt as Aragorn and Peter Woodthorpe as Gollum. On the other hand, Michael Scholes - who provides the voice for Sam - is rather campy and goofy, which is not well suited to the character. The Lord Of The Rings is a commendable attempt to visualise the staggering book on which it is based.

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