The Return of the King
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"The Return of the King" certainly begins in the middle of things, with Sam (Roddy McDowell) trying to rescue the captive Frodo from the orcs and Gollum scrambling after his "precious" ring. Those who have read the trilogy will be able to pick up the narrative without any problem, but for the uninitated who have to try and enjoy this without some sort of "Previously on 'The Lord of the Ring,'" it is going to be quiet disconcerting. Clearly this version is geared for the kids, in the grand tradition of "The Hobbit," which was far and away the best of these three animated Tolkein films. Adults will undoubtedly cringe at some of these moments, as when the Orcs sing "Where There's a Whip There's a Way," but hopefully you will find a few small moments that you can enjoy. The chief charm of "The Return of the King" for me is that it does a decent job with my favorite scene of the Trilogy, when Éowyn, the shield maiden of Rohirrim engages the Lord of the Nazgul in mortal combat during the Battle of Pellennor Fields.
Glenn Yarborough again does the music, as he did with "The Hobbit," but with notably less success.Read more ›
I consider this film a fine bookend to Ralph Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings" and the earlier Rankin/Bass special "The Hobbit" as an animated trilogy. (And more appropriate for young children whose parents wish to introduce them to Tolkien's magical storytelling than the more complex and violent films by Peter Jackson.)
Given all those restrictions and obstacles, it's amazing how good the Rankin-Bass RotK is and how much of Tolkien's work it captures. Viewers get to see many elements of the book that were excluded from the Peter Jackson films, from little things like the all-white standard of the Stewards of Gondor to big moments like Sam feeling pity for Gollum on Mount Doom. I also think Rankin-Bass' ending is sadder, and closer to the spirit of Tolkien's ending, than that of Jackson's trilogy.
So I wholeheartedly recommend this film for younger viewers. And as for all you adult Tolkien aficionados who have heard nothing but bad things about this movie: Give it a try; you just might like it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a fan of the lord of the rings and Return of the King is my favorite entry in the series. But unfortunatly, this movie didn't exceed my expectations. It wasn't flat out awful. Read morePublished 14 days ago by rossanadana
I was very disappointed in this version. I have the original cartoon and love it. This one is completely different. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Opitamus Poo
Brings back memories...great follow up to the cartoon HobbitPublished 5 months ago by Michael J. Lloyd
This was a great movie. It was better than I expected and it was shipped on time too!Published 5 months ago by Anna Moore
I saw it many years ago. I have the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Always thought the animation was excellent for the time that it was made. Read morePublished 5 months ago by margaret haack
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