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The Return of the King (Full Screen Animated) (Sous-titres franšais) [Import]

Orson Bean , John Huston , Arthur Rankin Jr. , Jules Bass    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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The creative team behind 1978's impressive animation feature based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbit return with this entry drawn from Tolkien's famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's good work all around, and not at all the kind of feature-length cartoon that reduces good books to treacle. Orson Bean returns as the voice of Bilbo Baggins as well as that of the trilogy's hero, Frodo. John Huston is commanding again as the voice of the wizard Gandalf, and also in the vocal cast are William Conrad, Paul Frees, and Roddy McDowall. --Tom Keogh

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't overlook this one June 1 2004
By A Customer
I have to confess that I have a great deal of affection for this animated version of ROTK. In some ways it conveys the spirit of the book much better than the Peter Jackson film, particularly in the parts with Frodo and Sam. The character of Sam comes across as more complex and convincing than Sean Astin's portrayal in the film, although I don't want to criticise the actor as I suspect this was mostly the fault of the screenwriters. And Frodo's sense of resignation is also well captured here, again much more true to the book than his terrified portrayal by Elijah Wood in the film. Much more of Tolkien's original dialogue is preserved here, which helps a lot. For instance, more of Denethor's best lines are preserved in this 90 minute cartoon than was the case with the 3+ hour movie. I also think that the music overall helps to convey the heroic and lyrical tone of the book, compared to the unrelenting horror-movie feel of the Mordor scenes in the live action film, even though much of it is admittedly silly, although even the much ballyhooed "Where There's a Whip There's a Way" has some basis in the text. I think the voice actors were excellent overall, even though I didn't particularly care for Casey Kasem as Pippin, and the Nazgul Lord did sound a little too, well, cartoonish. Still, John Huston's Gandalf will forever be the voice I hear when I read the books; a classic performance. Even though you can poke holes in this version if you want to, I suppose my only real complaint is that it failed to establish any connection between Aragorn and Frodo. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There seems to be a bit of confusion May 26 2004
By J. Ruth
The review here dated May 24, 2004 from an anonymous viewer in NJ (my home state) has CONFUSED this animated movie with the recently released Peter Jackson- Return of the King DVD.
The animated Return of the King was a TV special released in 1980. For its time, it was an entertaining look at the last segment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Keep in mind that this was targeted at a younger audience, especially those who watched the animated Hobbit film. I recall watching this in middle school, my first taste of the fantasy genre.
And I will admit, I did compare one scene from the animated Return of the King (1980) with the live-action Return of the King (2003). It was the scene with Eowyn facing off against the Lord of the Nazguls. The animated movie hewed closer to the book in that more of the actual dialogue was used.
Eowyn's speech is a bit wordy and seems more at place in a stage play than in a fast moving battle. But I did enjoy how it paused the momentum of the Battle of Pelenor Fields and you get this beauty standing on the battlefield with her long blonde hair flowing in the wind like a banner of courage. I was hoping for equal treatment from Peter Jackson, but he kept this scene short. It is a critical moment in Eowyn's character development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
To be accurate, Ralph Bakshi's animated version of "The Lord of the Rings" only made it halfway through "The Two Towers" before suddenly concluding. My understanding was that because Bakshi did not get to "The Return of the King," the rights were available for Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. to do their own version for television in 1980 in the same style they had employed for "The Hobbit." In fact, Orson Bean is back to do the voices of not only Bilbo but also Frodo, and John Huston returns to provide a perefect voice for the wizard Gandalf.
"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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I like the style,sound,and feel of this cartoon.The music reminds me of the Majestic metal band Blind Guardian and the fantasy power metal band Rhapsody.Band's that should of been on any of the Peter Jackson film's,but aren't.Instead we get enya.I'm sorry, but a women that writes songs about africa, don't make me think fantasy.Plus her background music sounds like wind chimes.Unlike Blind guardians album Nightfall in Middle earth,and Rhapsody's Power of the dragon flame album's.I mean come on,do I have to show Peter Jackson what good fantasy music sound's like.Although his big budget movie's aren't horrible,I only read half of the Fellowship of the ring's,and noticed he left out a bunch of really importent stuff.Like the part when farmer Magget was going to feed Frodo to his viscious dog's.And the dog's weren't the least bit afraid of Frodo, but ran totally in fear from the Ring Wraith's,that's makes for good contrast.Plus the Black Forest, and all of the part's with Tom Bombadil were taken out.Plus I think the colars in his movie's are dark,and dull.Unlike the cartoons,where the hole style seems fantasy.For a book that has plenty of singing,colars and some lite heartedness.The big motion picture had none of these thing's.It felt like I was watching the Matrix with sword's,the way their outfit's were so dark.And I like the Matrix,but that's not J.R.R.Tolkien.And I admit some of the stuff in this cartoon is a bit to litehearted at times maybe even cheesy,but at least they got the feel right."Plus it's a cartoon".The first big movie was a snooser to me,a total bore.But the second ones not bad. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good exposure for Tolkien, Fantasy's best author, February 10, 2001
I cannot believe the sheer number of negative reviews for this movie. Granted, THE HOBBIT was a more successful film. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2012 by Mike London
2.0 out of 5 stars A bad movie!
This movie cracked me up. Songs like "Wheres there a whip, theres a way!" and funny lines from Bilbo Baggins like "bless my soul!" This movie is a crackup! Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by John Wolf
1.0 out of 5 stars PETER JACKSON DROPPED THE BALL!!!!
WHAT HAPPENED?!?!? So I see this in the video store and think 'Wow, ROtK came out already? Where's the hype, the hoopla? Oh, well, lucky me" and buy the DVD on the spot. Read more
Published on May 24 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars What Happened????
I am stunned at all the rave reviews of this, this, well this nonsensical garbage. Don't get me wrong, its cool that they went through all that trouble to make this flik, but don't... Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Lawrence G Coatney
5.0 out of 5 stars Frodo of the Nine Fingers and the Return of a great movie
I love this movie!!!!! They really caught it beautifully on the screen. There are only a couple of parts that make no sense:
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Published on Feb. 26 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Tolkien adaptation ever
Trash. I read the books of the "Lord of the Rings" when I was in grade 6, and then I rented this movie. I'm scarred for life. The plot is completely turned around. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a perfect movie, but not a bad movie either
First of, being a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien since I was 5, I quickly bought both of these DVDs when they become available when I live. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Marianne Towle
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Rings... With Musical Interludes?
Ok, I'll admit it. This low budget film wasn't very violent or action filled. Thats what everyone is looking for now a days isnt it? Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by "burninghouston89"
3.0 out of 5 stars Coff coff
I guess its alright it would probably be more reccomended if it was exactly like the book. Aragorn looks like i hippie in this oh well go for peter jacksons movie its much... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by K. Huigsloot
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Dumb
This animated version of "The Return of the King" is very badly presented. Rankin/Bass (the makers of this film) also made the television special "The Hobbit," which was okay. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004
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