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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't overlook this one June 1 2004
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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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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
I cannot believe the sheer number of negative reviews for this movie. Granted, THE HOBBIT was a more successful film. The reason is because these movies are for children, and written as such. THE HOBBIT does well in this situation because it is for children. THE RETURN OF THE KING not so much. The animation style is the same as THE HOBBIT. Gollum is good. The best part of this particular film is the sequence between Eowyn and the Witch-King of Angmar. That is well done. The Mouth of Sauron is also in there*. Orodruin is done well too.
One thing I don't like about both films is current packaging. I bought them before they turned over, and each is well represented with original art from the film. These new covers, however, go totally away from the animation style used to convey Tolkien's world to the audience. Bad cover art. Almost as bad as the phallus on the original cover of THE LITTLE MERMAID.

John Huston makes the ultimate Gandalf. His voice sounds exactly like a Gandalf would sound. One thing I don't like is in the end of the movie they have Gandalf imply hobbits evolved into men, which is against Tolkien's conceptions and his Christian view of the world and its inhabitants.

THE RETURN OF THE KING suffers simply because of how much they had to cut away. One of the funniest things I have ever heard in the movies is here: they state of the first two books, over 800 pages, that Frodo and Sam had many brave adventures until they got the to gate of Cirith Ungol. Legolas and Gimli are nowhere to be seen. Aragorn is poorly portrayed, and based on interaction between him and Gandalf it seems they dislike each other, which is of course not true. You don't get the feel of Aragorn like you do in the books. There is much cut away from THE RETURN OF THE KING.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who needs Willow when you can have Frodo? Oct. 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Having watched "Return of the King"and"Willow", again,I came to
the conclusion that this film is better than "Willow"(No offense to any "Willow"fans;Remember,this is only a review and these
are only my opinions).Gollum is a villain you love to hate-he's
creepy,sneaky and dispicable;he possesses all the qualities that make him a great villain!Frodo is very brave and loyal,and he fights for what's right!The storyline is good,the scenery is well-done and the songs are good.Who needs nelwyns when you can have Hobbits?
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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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2.0 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
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
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as entertaining as Peter Jackson's version.
This movie isnt bad,but its not near as good as the people version that is currently playing in theaters! Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by Jacob Cheney
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