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Year: 1978
Original Title: The Lord of the Rings
Length: 132 minutes
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Distributor: United Artists
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: July 05 1979

United States: November 15 1978


Ranking: 4,716 out of 15,912 movies (up 1704)


6.2 by 4 users

6.5 by 3 media


An old ring with an ancestral power must be destroyed in order to keep it from falling in the hands of the Dark Lord Sauron. Young Hobbit Frodo Baggins (Christopher Guard) will be the chosen one for the mission. In one of the biggest adventures ever told, he will embark through the Middle Earth along with companions such as wizard Gandalf the Grey (William Squire) or warriors Aragorn (John Hurt) and Boromir (Michael Graham Cox). The fate of this magic world depends on their job. This is the first adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's famous novels and is based upon books 'The Fellowship of the Ring' and 'The Two Towers'. The film was helmed by Ralph Bakshi, one of the icons of adult animation and author of 'Wizards' or 'Fritz the Cat'.


Cast The Lord of the Rings

John Hurt

John Hurt

Aragorn (voz)



Trivia The Lord of the Rings

The film uses the rotoscoping animation technique, filming the real images first in order to turn them into animation later. This was the first feature film to be shot in its entirety through rotoscoping. Bakshi wanted to adapt 'The return of the King' as well, but producer Saul Zaentz didn't allow him to, since he considered this film the worst experience of his career. Rankin and Bass were the ones to make an animated film for 'The return of the King', much worse valued by fans and critics than Bakshi's. The rotoscoping scenes were filmed in Spain.