The Lord of the Rings

Friday, August 9 - Sunday, August 11, 2024

Ralph Bakshi encountered Tolkien’s writing early in his career, and had made several attempts to produce THE LORD OF THE RINGS as an animated film before being given funding by producer Saul Zaentz and distributor United Artists.
The film is notable for its extensive use of rotoscoping, a technique in which scenes are first shot in live-action, then traced onto animation cels. It uses a hybrid of traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage.
The film features the voices of William Squire, John Hurt, Michael Graham Cox, and Anthony Daniels of Star Wars fame, and was one of the first animated films to be presented theatrically in the Dolby Stereo sound system.

Tickets available Monday, August 5

Screening as part of our new Ralph Bakshi midnight series Ralph Bakshi: Outside the Lines

  • Country USA
  • Year 1978
  • Running Time 132 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Middle Earth
  • Director Ralph Bakshi
  • Cast William Squire, John Westbrook, Sharon Baird, Anthony Daniels, John Hurt, Michael Graham Cox
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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