Skip to comments.Lost Bakshi Lord of the Rings footage found
Posted on 03/23/2014 7:48:58 AM PDT by Perdogg
If you remember the first film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, the 1978 animated version by Ralph Bakshithe legendary outsider director behind Fritz the Cat, Wizards, American Pop and Fire and Iceyoull recall the experience was a mixed bag.
The movie was a dark, moody, oversaturated vision of Tolkiens world, with stunning design and many memorable scenes. Bakshi used rotoscoping to trace live footage for animation, and posterization to give it a rough, hand-made look. Both techniques allowed many corners to be cut, but at the time, the films PR claimed Rings was the the first movie painting.
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American Pop was excellent.
I still watch the old VHS I bought when it came out.
No, I don't recall it as a "mixed bag", but thanks for attempting to think for me. If anything, it is superior to the overly CGI-dependent modern version.
“Canned corn, candy corn, popcorn, Crackerjacks! You’re the prize in my box! “
Saw Fritz the Cat.....never saw Bakshi’s ‘Rings’.
wanted to see Bakshi’s ‘Coon Skin’ and ‘Heavy Traffic’, but never did. At this point in time I am not interested in either.
would love to see a John Kricfalusi treatment of “Rings” that would be sick....
I saw the LOTR in the theaters as a child. It ended abruptly, in the middle of one of the great battle scenes. Then a message was displayed on screen to watch for the sequel, which never came. I had the feeling then and now that Bashki ran out of money and time, anyone could see the battle scenes were just live action with a bit of cartoon paint on them. But that ending, he didn’t even try to wrap up a storyline. And where is that promised sequel?
I couldn’t help being distracted by the wiggling hair on the Hobbits’ legs.
Thank you for the blast-from-the-past ping.
I dig Bakshi. Crazy stuff, very different at the time. Still pop in “Wizards” and “Fire & Ice” from time to time.
Fire and Ice is one of the greatest pieces of fantasy put to film, IMO.
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Yeah, Fire and Ice had Frazetta heavily involved, it’s a really good one for sure. The giant lizard rampage scene is fantastic.
I loved Bakshi’s Mighty Mouse. I found his other work dreary and depressing.
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