LOTR-the cartoon

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Maglor Séregon 26/Dec/2004 at 12:53 PM
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I heard that a long time ago there was LOTR the cartoon.Can someone tell me if this is true?And if it is true,are there more elements from the books than in  the movie?
Silver_sprite 26/Dec/2004 at 01:09 PM
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yes it is true, and it was a really bad interpretation in my opinion and most people think that aswell, and it was made soo long ago that its pretty dated. But there is a link here for a critic of it which is pretty funny. I think there are more elements that stick closer to the book, but it has been soo long since i watched it that i cannt really remember!
Searogim 26/Dec/2004 at 01:17 PM
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Yeah thats right there was a cartoon version of LOTR (and the Hobbit too I think).  I have never actually seen this myself, and I have heard rather mixed reviews of it.  Most people don’t seem to think that it was that good, but I have heard people say that they don’t mind it because it sticks to the books much more closely than the movies did.
Andu 26/Dec/2004 at 01:43 PM
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I have seen it in my video... euhm  How the hell do you say that in English? The place where you rent you video’s/DVD’s?  Well  anyway I have seen it there, and I’ve been tempted to take it, but still I haven’t done this yet. It looks like a very old cartoon, but that won’t bother me, some of the best movies date from over thirty years ago. It didn’t really look like Tolkien, but maybe the magic of it being old and a bit melancholic, though I haven’t seen it yet, may turn it to be a good cartoon.
Stleena 26/Dec/2004 at 04:48 PM
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Yes, there was a cartoon movie. It did stick a lot closer to the books, however as silver sprite said, it si very dated and old. However I reccomend seeing it. I enjoyed it a lot.

By the way Andurinas, I think your trying to say store.

Teptoes 26/Dec/2004 at 08:43 PM
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There was a cartoon LOTR by Bashki.  It covers half the books only.  If PJ’s bothered you this one is pretty much worse.  Moria is okay but the Balrog....

The Hobbit cartoon is campy but much better.  There is a return of the king cartoon also which is made by the people who made the Hobbit cartoon and it is much closer to the third book. All three together kinda give the whole story but not really as they are not meant to go together, and the entire TTT past the battle of helms deep is missing.

Aranor 27/Dec/2004 at 04:13 AM
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there actually was a cartoon version that is quite old and actually it was more close to the book than Peter jackson’s version it was in some way more complete i actually have the version at home and for example you actually see denethor with the Palantir so it is actually closer to the book but the animation is not that good
Eldwine 28/Dec/2004 at 02:34 PM
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 I dont  like the cartton version of lotr at all it blows
Aisil 29/Dec/2004 at 06:02 AM
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I saw it on the telivision a few weeks ago and me and my friends didn`t do anything else than laughing...all the time. Just because the movie was so terribly bad. I don`t say that movies are bad fast but this was really one of the worst cartoons I`ve ever seen
Drachn’yel 29/Dec/2004 at 07:14 AM
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I have a soft spot for the Bakshi Cartoon as it was the first impression I had of Lord of the Rings.  The cartoon is looking pretty dated now but you can see that PJ blatantly copied some of the scenes - they look the same!  I have it copied on an old vhs from Channel 4 in England from the eighties sometime....ah the memories.

Aerlin Findrel 29/Dec/2004 at 01:35 PM
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The thing about the LOTR cartoon verion/s is that they’re closer to the books than PJ’s movies were, but they’re... well, I thought they’re scary! The Elves reminded me of hippies (longish hair and all, very froo froo... just need a bit of Floyd and they’d have been set!) and Aragorn and Boromir reminded me of Vikings... in skirts. I also have a bit of a soft spot for the cartoon as well, but it’s a very small spot as it is. The animation is a bit shotty and totally bizarre... I wouldn’t recommend buying them unless you can find them very cheap somewhere. Renting is good too... if you live in the States, Blockbuster has copies of the animated versions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (the first video has FotR and parts of TTT, and the second one is mostly RotK).
Cútur 30/Dec/2004 at 04:33 AM
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I could have rented it but I didn’t. I knew it wasn’t as good as the Peter Jackson ones.

Problems with cartoons.

1. One Movie: Alot of pages

2.Lack of realism

Maglor Séregon 01/Jan/2005 at 03:45 PM
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Oh i have to see it! Elves like hippies. Boromir and Aragorn in skirts. I must see it!
Maethos 01/Jan/2005 at 11:48 PM
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This is in fact true, believe it or not, though i have not seen it myself i have heard that it is not worth a second glance.

Dùnadan 02/Jan/2005 at 05:40 AM
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Yes it is true indeed. I have read some of them.. It is not the same as reading the book. but it is of interest. there are fine drawings in them. I like them, it is as a short summary of the books. but they can be hard to find. and maybe a bit expensive. but I do not know that. I have just read some of that my friends have


Smaug the Gold 02/Jan/2005 at 03:13 PM
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I saw it the FotR and the TTT one but I havn’t seen RotK is suppose it’s not much better then the others.  Isn’t it seperate from the other two because they ran out of money.  And it’s also really fake, when someone hits another person with a sword it looks like they hit them with a stick instead.  And the Balrog looks terrible.  I think I saw the Cartoon Hobbit only once.  But I wouldn’t see it ever again.

Gil-Galad55 02/Jan/2005 at 03:52 PM
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This movie was terrible. It is a disgrace to J.R.R Tolkiens books and any copies of it that you have should be destroyed immediately. It is full of horrible songs, the animation is terrible and it is very unrealistic. Especially Frodo of the nine fingers and the ring of doom song.
Arthur Weasley 02/Jan/2005 at 07:31 PM
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There were actually three cartoon movies.  The first one about the Hobbit was very well done but mostly for a children’s audience.  I still remember the songs...."down down to goblin town, down down to goblin town. etc"  The Lord of the Rings Cartoon movie was made in 1978 by Saul Zanetz and directed by Ralph Bakshi which actually covers the beginning through the Battle of Helms Deep.  This was a mixture of live action within a general cartoon setting but had a slightly more adult flavor.  One of my favorite British actors, John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander in 1st Harry Potter film, the guy in Alien with the alien coming out of his stomach,  again the guy with the alien coming out of his stomach in Spaceballs and finally Caligula in I Claudius) was the voice of Aragorn/Strider in this 1978 film.  The Return of the King was made in 1981 by the same guys who made the cartoon Hobbit but again this was mostly for children with silly songs "when there’s a whip there’s a way!  When there’s a whip...etc.
Lipillon Tabligerion 03/Jan/2005 at 07:05 AM
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The cartoon was made, but I wouldn’t actually called It cartoon, since real humans (dressed as orcs) where also there. This ’cartoon’ ended one book earlier, during the battle at Helms Deep. Personally I had a good laught watching It, since there where many more mistakes made then In the movies.
One part really knocked me down. When Mery and Pippin are talking with one ugly orc (just before their runed toward Fangorn). I would say more, but this Is familly friendly site. The best way Is to watch this cartoon
Drake 03/Jan/2005 at 04:23 PM
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The cartoon, while sad, was not the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I reserve that title for certain other movies. Now, while it is true, that the movies of LOTR and ROTK (They skipped TTT) Were pretty bad. In my opinion, the Hobbit was pretty good, and stuck to the books themes and plot much better than the movies. I even knew the words to some of the songs from the books. I Suggest watching the Hobbit cartoon if your going to watch one of them.

Oh, and I grew up with the Gollum from the cartoon... It was so odd to see Gollum from the movies.

Timotheus 03/Feb/2005 at 08:09 AM
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I agree with Drake concerning the Hobbit being the best of the animated versions. I think the reason there is no animated TTT is that Ralph Bakshi’s LOTR somewhat covers both FOTR and TTT. I’m not sure, but I think it would be a safe guess that those who made the animated ROTK were giving closure to Ralph Bakshi’s film.

Treebone 03/Feb/2005 at 02:00 PM
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The cartoon had drawings and stuff in but some of it was cast with real people. What they did was have like smoke every time there was real people so you couldn’t see them properly and I am telling no lie. Also for all that Boromir was wearing a skirt he did look quite a meat head, especially when he got shot by the orcs trying to save merry and pippin. With horns on his helm and everything AND A JAGGED SWORD!!!! lol
Aragorn 7 05/Feb/2005 at 02:22 PM
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ive heard many things about this animated version. In some places the animation was excellent, but in other scenes there were not many details in the drawings. This is because they were rushed for time. Also it introduced a new technique where live actors were filmed and the animators drew over the shots to make it look more lifelike. It looked terrible in the end. It was also filled with terrible songs which I never want to hear again!!!!!!!!!
Númegil 06/Feb/2005 at 04:59 PM
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I saw the Hobbit cartoon a while ago, and don’t remember much, other than it wasn’t very good. Then not so long ago, I saw the Lord of the Rings cartoon. It was better, but still lacking. They cut the LOTR into two pieces, called The Lord of the Rings, and The Return of the King. The first one ended after the battle of Helm’s Deep.
Rhiannon 08/Feb/2005 at 03:31 PM
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I did see this film when I was younger and I do not remember much about it, except that I didn’t enjoy it very much. All of the people I have spoken to are of the same mind on this. More recently though, I did see a cartoon version of The Hobbit and found it not to be half-bad.
Lotos 09/Feb/2005 at 02:58 AM
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Who made the cartoon ROTK(was reading on the net,not clear)?

Like many hobbits, Sam Gamgee
was particularly stingy with his
private stock of peppermint schnaps.

nanilei 09/Feb/2005 at 03:30 PM
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the cartoon versions that i grew up with were made by warner brothers, there is The Hobbit and Return of the King which deals with a very short version of return of the king, not the whole LOTR.  the hobbit was cute and decent but the Return of the King mentions aragorn, never speaks of gimli or legolas.  the cutest part of both movies are the song.  these movies, choppy as they are, were what turned me on to tolkien once my reading skills were able to tackle them.  these movies also made me afraid of gollum.  i think there may be a few other versions.
Beren of old 10/Feb/2005 at 03:27 AM
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The cartoon was absolutely classic, and SHOULD BE WATCHED BY EVERY LOTR FANATIC, as it demonstrates how far the current interpretation by Peter Jackson has come from this cartoon!!. It was unbelievable funny, not intentionally of course. Some parts of it were actually quite scary! I found the Wraiths in the cartoon much more frightening than the movie ones. Either a stroke of madness or genius, it’s entertaining either way.