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The Lord of the Rings (1978)
I was a kid at the time and I still hated it
and even then, with my meagre knowledge of film technique, I could still see gaping flaws in it. Let's run the gamut, shall we: First, the rotoscoping. It is horribly done. They might has well been trucking actual live footage, making the film into some bastardized version of "Pete's Dragon," seeing as the animated characters look NOTHING like the rotoscope, and are even lit under different lighting. Note Aragorn standing on top of Helm's Deep next to a random soldier. Aragorn is lit from behind, while the guy next to him is plunged into deep shadow and lit from both sides. It's incredibly jarring. Not to mention the fact that the Balrog, so wonderfully conceived in the new movie, is a man in a lion suit wearing bunny slippers and butterfly wings.
Secondly, the animation is incredibly bland. We barely get any close-ups of the characters' faces, and when we do, their facial movements are so limited that it's better to see them from far away, as at least we can pretend that they have expressions. The designs are incredibly lackluster, Aragorn is wearing a modified He-Man outfit with a shirt, Boromir is a tacky Viking also wearing a modified He-Man outfit, and Legolas looks remarkably like C3PO, which is somewhat understandable as the same actor provided both voices.
The voices are nothing to write home about, except maybe for Gandalf. Legolas has a nice voice but he doesn't have much to say, and while John Hurt is a brilliant actor, his scratchy voice does not fit Aragorn's design at all (not that the design was brilliant to begin with). Gollum, by contrast, sounds like a normal person. To top it all, none of the characters had a personality to speak of, and spoke their lines with little conviction.
The color scheme is what really hurt this movie, in my opinion--the screen was always ugly. The major colors used were red, black, grey and brown, in varying shades. I had no idea all of Middle Earth was a wasteland! The water isn't even blue! There is no green grass anywhere! And then in Lothlorien, BOOM everything is blue! (I think Jackson took a swipe at that.) It's a very depressing thing to look at, the colors are all washed out and there's little contrast between them.
The only things I can recall enjoying in this film were the ringwraiths (when they were first introduced; the rotoscoping hadn't been overplayed yet), the fact that Gimli was a short but lanky dude (with no personality), and the "ending" fight sequence, which had lots of blood and Gandalf killing people.
The Rankin-Bass "sequel" was just as bad, and suffered the same icky color schemes, but at least it had a proper-sounding Gollum.