'''The Lord of the Rings''' is a 1980 animated musical television film created by Rankin/Bass and Topcraft. The film is an adaptation of The Lord of the Rings,


the third book in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, comprising The Fellowship of the Ring and the first half of The Two Towers. Set in Middle-earth, the film follows a group of hobbits, elves, men, dwarves, and wizards who form a fellowship. They embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring made by the Dark Lord Sauron, and ensure his destruction.

Rankin/Bass encountered Tolkien's writing early in his career, and had made several attempts to produce The Lord of the Rings as an animated film before being given funding by producer Saul Zaentz and distributor Warner Bros. The film is notable for its extensive use of rotoscoping, a technique in which scenes are first shot in live-action, then traced onto animation cels. It uses a hybrid of traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage. The film features the voices of John Huston, Theodore Bikel, Steve Martin, and Paul Frees, and was one of the first animated films to be presented theatrically in the Dolby Stereo sound system. The screenplay was written by Peter S. Beagle, based on an earlier draft by Romeo Muller Although Bass's The Lord of the Rings was a financial success, it received mixed reactions from critics, and there was no official sequel to cover the remainder of the story. Nonetheless, the film became a cult classic that continued to run as a matinee and a midnight movie for nearly two decades, and was an influence on Peter Jackson's trilogy, as detailed in the DVD extras of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Plot

Cast

Staff

Critical reaction

Follow-up

Background

Soundtrack and story LP

Original Soundtrack Songs

Side 1

Side 2

Critical reception

Home video releases

Sequels

Gallery

Trivia

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