The Lord of the Rings | Chicago Reader

The Lord of the Rings

Ralph Bakshi's allegedly animated version of the Tolkien saga contains practically no animation. Most of it has been made using an updated version of rotoscoping, a cost-cutting process developed in the 20s to turn live-action footage into cartoons. It looked terrible then and it still does: cartoon characters move differently from live actors, and the attempt to duplicate natural movement ends in stylistic incoherence. The film is flat, dull, and sloppy. Bakshi has a lot of talent, as he proved in Heavy Traffic and Coonskin, but Lord of the Rings allows him to show none of it (1978).

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