190The How and Why of Bakshi's LotR film
- Jun 16, 1999On Tue, 15 Jun 1999 at 23:54:23 EDT FrMacKen@...
> Why didn't Ralph Bashki ever finish the animated film of The Lord ofwrong
> the Rings? Although key scenes were written out, and lines spoken by
> characters, I still think it was a worthy project. I am alone in thismatter?
It's due to the rather strange legalities surrounding film rights, and
they're tied directly to each of the three individual volumes of the
At the time, Bakshi's company, Fantasy Films, had the rights for
and "Two Towers," only, and still didn't make use of all the story
of time constraints.
Meanwhile, the rights to "Return of the King" was held by Rankin/Bass,
folks also responsible for the animated "Hobbit" which appeared on TV in
1976. "The Return of the King" aired as a TV movie on ABC not long after
the release of Bakshi's LotR to the theatres in late 1978, and all three
these quaint '70s animation pieces are available on videocassette.
Look for them in the children's section if your favorite purveyor of
doesn't have a proper and conscientiously maintained animation section
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