The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

By Ralph Bakshi

  • Genre: Ralph Bakshi
  • Release Date: 1978-11-15
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 13min
  • Director: Ralph Bakshi
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99


All of the magical adventure of J.R.R. Tolkein's thrilling "Lord of the Rings" trilogy comes to life in this brilliantly animated tale of the enchanted land of Middle Earth, and the brave band of hobbits, heroes and wizards who set out to save it. Covering the events of the first two books of the series -- "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" -- brave hobbit Frodo Baggins sets out from the Shire with his friends Sam, Meri and Pippin, to destroy the magic ring his uncle Bilbo has bequeathed him. Joined by brave warriors Aragorn and Boromir, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, and the powerful wizard Gandalf the Grey, the fellowship struggles against the forces of darkness that threaten to overtake the land. Featuring the vocal talents of John Hurt ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Alien") and Anthony Daniels (both "Star Wars" trilogies), and directed by animation legend Ralph Bakshi ("Cool World," "Fritz the Cat").




  • Bad

    By connor9090909
    This was horrible dont buy it
  • Best Tolkien adaption to date

    By silmarilln
    This movie is very close to the book outside of leaving out Tom and the forest/barrow downs it stayed true. Excellent voice acting Sam was a little to gay but again comedy in a dark film helps! Jacksons films were engaging/ entertaining but they were all fluff no meat and potatoes from the book. Just wish they let Ralph finish the series and maybe take a shot at the Silmarillion
  • Better the more times you see it

    By catopower
    I saw this movie when it first came out and it was a classic then. Even then, there were things I didn't love about the movie, particularly the cut-off ending which happens shortly after Saruman's orcs are defeated at Helm's Deep. In the theater at the time, I remember a lot of groans when the movie ended in the middle of the story. Also, I have to say that it took getting used to the animated ape mask orcs. Okay, so here we are 30 years later (or something like that) and we have Peter Jackson's masterful films, which I love and I own in more than one form. I've seen them time and again and am always impressed by them. But, then recently went back and rented this Ralph Bakshi version and I have to say I now see a lot of things in this animated film that I thought was actually was much better than in the Jackson films. I thought the ring wraiths were far scarier in the animated film. Combined with a more of an artistic presentation and the kind of painted film animation, I actually found myself enjoying parts of this animated film more than the Jackson films. One example? When the orcs speak in the Bakshi film, they don't sound like they're from some London suburb, they sound guttural and scary. The whispy voices of the ring wraiths calling for Frodo to come with them to Mordor, that was scary. When the ring wraiths try to kill the sleeping hobbits, the artistic flair to the scene made it a lot scarier and the way they cry out when they find they've been tricked - to me that was scarier than the weird scream sounds from the Jackson film that didn't sound scary as much as it sounded grating. Of course, not everything is great in the Bakshi film, don't get me wrong. There were plenty of things that I have to overlook to enjoy the animated film, like the lament for Gandalf, Boromir as little more than a caveman with a sword, and so on. But, the more I watch these two different films, the more I find myself wishing that Peter Jackson had done things more like the Bakshi film. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. This is a great film, but don't rent or buy it thinking it's going to be comparable with the high production value and the cinematic scoring of the Peter Jackson films. And remember, Peter Jackson had a lot more time over three films to tell the story. This is just one normal length film that is trying to tell about half of the whole story. So, much has to be glossed over. If you're over-critical and unrealistic, don't spend your money. If you just want to see a very well done visual telling of the Tolkien story, rent or buy it!
  • Epic

    By TunaRose
    Whomever compares this with Jackson's trilogy should make more educated reviews. An old, animated video that was on a limited budget and time should not be compared to a live action trilogy that had a LOT more funds. Clearly not fair, but obviously not so for some people. This older movie is epic for its time and circumstance.
  • Follows books well

    By Worst app ever!!!!!!!!!!
    While I personally enjoyed Peter Jackson's rendition of the Series, This follows the book very well. From the quotes and look, this was a great film. Defiantly buy this if your a die hard Tolkien fan, if your just a Jackson fan and your still interested in this version, rent it. You won't be disappointed.
  • Give us the cartoon Return of the King!!!

    By Billy DTK421
    Complete the cartoon series!!!
  • Great animated movie

    By TheComicsFanatic
    I remember seeing this movie ( and its predecessor which in my opinion was the better of the two films... Wizards). As far as the animated film genre in the US, these two films were way ahead of the curve. I remember seeing the film upon release and my girlfriend ( my wife since 1980) and myself were astounded at what we saw... Nothing at the time compared to these two films... Disney was making things like Robin one was making animated films that were primarily for an adult audience and certainly no one tackled what is arguable the greatest Fantasy trilogy of all time. To those who wondered about the place the film ended: the original plan from what I read at the time was to make two films which is why the film ended around the middle of the second book... I don't know if financing fell through or why the second film project died but at least it ended with a successful battle of Helms Deep.
  • I would not be so quick to bash this movie!!

    By Kacey R.
    Now obviously this version of LOTR is not as awesome as Peter Jackson's trilogy, however thats not really a fair comparison. I find this to be a really good version of LOTR. Despite the fact that it only covers the first 2 books this is one of the best cartoons I have ever seen, in fact I don't really think they treated this like a little kids movie. One thing I do like better about this version is that they kept it more true to the book, also I like this Frodo Baggins much better than the Elijah Wood one, less wimpy and more brave and once again more like the book. If You're a big fan of The Lord of the Rings I strongly suggest that you give this version a chance!
  • Love this movie!

    By souljaj
    I remember watching this as a kid when I finished reading the first lord of the rings book!
  • ok

    By christian barnes
    I like the movie, and I like most of the drawings, but I don't like how they pronounce Saruman's name Aruman. I also do not like how they cut off right in the middle of the books. Couldn't they at least stop when Frodo threw the ring into the fire? That would have made a better ending.