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The Lord Of the Rings (1978)

The Lord Of the Rings (1978)
The Lord Of the Rings (1978)
The Lord Of the Rings (1978)
  • PG
  • 2h 13m
  • 1978
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From director Ralph Bakshi (Fire and Ice, Wizards) comes an ambitious animated version of the classic Tolkien tale about the Fellowship of the Ring embarking on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end the evil Sauron's reign over Middle Earth.
© 1978 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Ralph Bakshi's valiant attempt at rendering Tolkein's magnum opus in rotoscope never lives up to the grandeur of its source material, with a compressed running time that flattens the sweeping story and experimental animation that is more bizarre than magical.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Animated adventure too dated and dark for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings was cutting-edge at the time with its incorporation of live-action elements, but this hybrid style heightens some of the action sequences and makes the battle scenes frightening for under-8 audiences. Although there is a pub scene in which the Hobbits and others are drinking and smoking pipes, the potentially objectionable content is the violence that is prevalent throughout Frodo's journey to get rid of the Ring. The Ringwraiths, Orcs, Nazguls, and other creatures are far scarier than the villains in most animated films. On the other hand, J.R.R. Tolkien's tale emphasizes the importance of teamwork and friendship, and that is still a major theme of the movie.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Family
  • Release Date:November 15, 1978
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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