The problem lies in that this movie tried to be a translation of Tolkien's book, only condensed into two two-hour movies. The first one, The Lord of the Rings, falls flat because of how it is presented, not the story.
Fortunately, the story here is intact. Of course there were ample numbers of things that were cut out, but the events play out as written, and the dialogue is straight from the pages. Problem is, all that jazz doesn't matter if you don't know HOW to tell a story. That's the difference between the Peter Jackson version, and the Bakshi version. Jackson knew HOW to tell the story; Bakshi did not.
Firstly, the main characters all look ridiculous, even for a cartoon. The hobbits look more like kids than little people, Sam is turned into the immensely stupid comic relief, Legolas, a WOOD ELF (you know, with the whole BLEND IN thing) prances around the whole movie in glaring white, and Boromir, a lord of the most advanced human civilization in Middle-earth, is drawn as A FREAKING VIKING. No. Just NO. Additionally, Bakshi chose to use rotoscoping (tracing over live actors to make them look cartoony) and it looks awful, even compared to the regular animation.
There were other things that were changed for unimaginable reasons. Sauruman is changed to Auruman, though some of the characters still use the original name, which is confusing as heck.Read more ›