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Review: Rankin-Bass "The Hobbit" and "Return of the King" Remastered DVDs - Classics Revisited

Rankin-Bass Hobbit Smaug

It’s always nice to discover that an old cartoon from your childhood holds up to your fond nostalgic feelings for it. The Rankin-Bass adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit proves to be one of those cartoons. The TV special, first aired in the late 1970’s, was my personal introduction to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, and while the […]

Third Hobbit Film Retitled “The Battle Of The Five Armies”

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The third installment in the latest Middle Earth trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has been renamed by director Peter Jackson. Originally titled as “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”, Jackson has instead chosen to title the film “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” after discussing it with MGM, saying that the new […]

Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings": Better Than It Looks

Movies are movies, and books are books; and it is usually unfair to judge an adaptation from one medium to another by comparing it to the original. But sometimes it can’t be helped. Judged on its own, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is an abysmal failure: […]

"The Lord of the Rings": Potential Energy That Never Becomes Kinetic

Some of that faithfulness to Tolkien’s prose doesn’t serve the movie terribly well. Several of the actors’ line readings strain so hard to stay true to Tolkien’s words that they forget to bring life to his language. William Squire’s Gandalf and Annette Crosbie’s Galadriel are especially susceptible to this, although Squire is also competing with […]

New Video Clips & Stills from "The Lord of the Rings" Remastered Deluxe Edition

Toonzone News is proud to host the following three clips from Ralph Bakshi’s animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, which is being released by Warner Home Video in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack today, April 6, 2010. Warner Home Video has also made the following stills from the movie available. Click on […]

Toonzone Presents New Video Clip from "Lord of the Rings" Animated Remastered DVD

Warner Home Video has released a new video clip and several stills from the upcoming remastered release of Ralph Bakshi’s animated feature film The Lord of the Rings: Click on any of the images below to enlarge to full-size:

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