Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings

In 1978, Ralph Bakshi, a producer and director from the United Kingdom, produced an animated adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s masterpieces.  His Lord of the Rings adaptation took the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring, and half of the second book, The Two Towers, and made a movie out of the story line.  Bakshi, to an extent was a pioneer, because Peter Jackson borrowed and alluded to Bakshi’s adaptation in the trilogy.  Bakshi made the first film attempt to adapt Tolkien’s masterpiece.  Although Bakshi had financial success with his film, the movie had a mixed reception.  This led the company funding Bakshi to scrap Bakshi’s plans for a sequel to finish the trilogy. 

In Bakshi’s adaptation, Bakshi took numerous freedoms in depicting characters and scenes.  Peter Jackson, tried to make a majority of the characters look like the novel description.  In the table below, one can compare the Bakshi depictions with the Peter Jackson live action actors’ looks, and one can see notable differences.  My impression is that Bakshi tried to give the spirit of Tolkien without being exactly true to Tolkien. In other words, Bakshi wanted to focus more on story and characterization, rather than the look of the characters. Peter Jackson tried to make the characters follow the description given in the book. However, he did take a few freedoms in changing some characterizations to add a bit more drama to Tolkien's work. Jackson did a very good job replicating in his interpretation of J. R. R. Tolkien's masterpiece.

Frodo Baggins
Samwise Gamgee
Gandalf the Grey/White


Here are weblinks to the scenes of the Ralph Bakshi movie from youtube. 

cartoon movie part1
cartoon movie part2
cartoon movie part3
cartoon movie part4
cartoon movie part 5
cartoon movie part 6
cartoon movie part 7
cartoon movie part 8
cartoon movie part 9
cartoon movie part 10
cartoon movie part 12
cartoon movie part 11
cartoon movie part 13

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