203Re: The How and Why of Bakshi's LotR film
- Jun 16, 1999In a message dated 6/16/99 10:25:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> In any case it's somewhat telling that neither Rankin/Bass video iscommercially
> available in the U.K., where Tolkien's copyrights have never been inquestion.
Almost 10 years ago, I asked Rayner Unwin (Tolkien's publisher) about the
status of the Rankin/Bass movie _The Return of the King_. He said that
originally it was not authorized, but that at some point Rankin/Bass and the
Tolkien estate came to an agreement. Perhaps neither wanted to fight it out
in court. Apparently the agreement was that Rankin/Bass would pay the estate
some appropriate amount and that the film would only be available in the U.S.
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