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Lost Bakshi Lord of the Rings footage found
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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 Bakshi–the legendary outsider director behind Fritz the Cat, Wizards, American Pop and Fire and Ice–you’ll recall the experience was a mixed bag.

The movie was a dark, moody, oversaturated vision of Tolkien’s 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 film’s PR claimed Rings was the “the first movie painting.”

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: americanpop; fireandice; fritzthecat; lordoftherings; ralphbakshi; wizards

1 posted on 03/23/2014 7:48:58 AM PDT by Perdogg
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ping


2 posted on 03/23/2014 7:50:28 AM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

American Pop was excellent.

I still watch the old VHS I bought when it came out.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 7:51:30 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: Perdogg
"If you remember the first film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, the 1978 animated version by Ralph Bakshi...you’ll recall the experience was a mixed bag."

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.

4 posted on 03/23/2014 8:01:02 AM PDT by Sam's Army
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To: Salamander

“Canned corn, candy corn, popcorn, Crackerjacks! You’re the prize in my box! “


5 posted on 03/23/2014 8:04:09 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: NativeSon

6 posted on 03/23/2014 8:15:08 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: Perdogg

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....


7 posted on 03/23/2014 8:16:50 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Perdogg

Sucked.


8 posted on 03/23/2014 8:17:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Vaquero

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?


9 posted on 03/23/2014 8:23:04 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: SunkenCiv

I couldn’t help being distracted by the wiggling hair on the Hobbits’ legs.


10 posted on 03/23/2014 8:23:27 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Perdogg

Thank you for the blast-from-the-past ping.


11 posted on 03/23/2014 8:24:09 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Perdogg

12 posted on 03/23/2014 8:29:05 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Time to hit up Red Robin for a tower of onion rings!




13 posted on 03/23/2014 8:30:51 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Perdogg
Fritz lives...

14 posted on 03/23/2014 8:42:28 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Perdogg

I dig Bakshi. Crazy stuff, very different at the time. Still pop in “Wizards” and “Fire & Ice” from time to time.


15 posted on 03/23/2014 8:56:29 AM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: GAFreedom

Fire and Ice is one of the greatest pieces of fantasy put to film, IMO.


16 posted on 03/23/2014 9:13:16 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: TheOldLady

Bored Of The Rings - Episode 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yivyy5iRNc


17 posted on 03/23/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Turbo Pig

Yeah, Fire and Ice had Frazetta heavily involved, it’s a really good one for sure. The giant lizard rampage scene is fantastic.

Freegards


18 posted on 03/23/2014 9:40:44 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: TheOldLady; SunkenCiv
beginning which is very true to the book music was by Leonard Rosenmann
19 posted on 03/23/2014 9:41:08 AM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

I loved Bakshi’s Mighty Mouse. I found his other work dreary and depressing.


20 posted on 03/23/2014 10:01:40 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Perdogg
I saw Wizards at an impressionable age.


21 posted on 03/23/2014 10:14:41 AM PDT by PLMerite
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To: Vaquero

>>would love to see a John Kricfalusi treatment of “Rings” that would be sick....

Your mind works in weird ways - I like it!


22 posted on 03/23/2014 10:17:30 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: sportutegrl

The studio screwed him. They had their plans and they didn’t care what he wanted. It wasn’t just the battle scenes that were rotoscope over live action, that was the whole movie. Bakshi was very fond of that technique and used it a few times.


23 posted on 03/23/2014 10:25:23 AM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: Vaquero
Sam, You EEEDIOT!!! now that would be funny...
24 posted on 03/23/2014 11:21:38 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Turbo Pig

We watched “Fire and Ice” Friday night.

You’re right. It is truly spectacular.

And I really like Arnold Vosloo.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 11:25:47 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow! That was... back yard!


26 posted on 03/23/2014 11:32:12 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Perdogg

:-D


27 posted on 03/23/2014 5:33:14 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: PLMerite
They killed Fritz!
They killed Fritz!
Those lousy ...


28 posted on 03/23/2014 5:41:05 PM PDT by BlueLancer (Pachebel --- The original one-hit wonder.)
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To: Perdogg

Had my 16 year old watch Wizards with me. He’s still scarred by the experience.


29 posted on 03/23/2014 5:48:46 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Perdogg
Wizards - full movie on YouTube
30 posted on 03/23/2014 5:51:50 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Perdogg

I remember being very disappointed with the Bakshi version. Haven’t watched it in so long that I don’t remember why.


31 posted on 03/23/2014 6:18:59 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: sportutegrl
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?

The Rankin-Bass "Return of the King" was, apparently, the "sequel."

This actually fills in a huge hole in my childhood memories. I remember Rankin-Bass's The Hobbit and Return of the King very well. But looking back I've occasionally wondered why I couldn't recall seeing Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers. Its because there weren't any. At least from Rankin-Bass.
32 posted on 03/23/2014 6:28:32 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: PLMerite

PEACE!!!!!!!


33 posted on 03/24/2014 12:07:35 AM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: sportutegrl
That is exactly what happened.

I've always thought of Bakshi's effort as a very flawed but very valiant effort. LOTR is not a very easy book to bring to the screen, certainly not with 1970's technology.

34 posted on 03/24/2014 1:23:38 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: sportutegrl
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?

Rankin & Bass did Return of the King (animated). I think there was a DVD release briefly. I saw it on television in the early 80s once.

35 posted on 03/24/2014 7:48:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Thanks. Its not available on Netflix, but I put it in the saved queue.


36 posted on 03/24/2014 10:28:00 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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