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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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