Genre Guesstimation – Return of the King (1980)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by S.G of Rhyme and Reason and he chose Fantasy/Sci-fi animation (non Disney/PIXAR) Films as the Genre for May.  If you want to still submit a movie, the deadline is 25 May. Just send it to me at animation@movierob.net

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Fantasy/Sci-fi animation (non Disney/PIXAR) movies…

return of the king“Oh Sam, what have I said, what have I done?” – Frodo

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – As Frodo and Sam get close to Mount Doom, the forces of good and evil fight it out on the battlefield.

My Take on it – The problem with watching this movie is the fact that 23 years later, Peter Jackson made a version that ended up winning lots and lots of awards because he did such an unbelievable job creating Middle Earth in a live action trilogy.

Watching this just made me yearn to see Jackson’s version again because he did everything the right way as opposed to the way this was made.

This movie is a bit longer than an hour and a half and Jackson’s version is four and a half hours long (which even that feels a bit rushed in certain places) (yes. I mean that) and this length doesn’t even come close to doing this amazing story justice.

Basically, if you want to see this story done properly, watch the Peter Jackson version.

Bottom Line – The story is excellent, but just isn’t presented well enough. Jackson did a much better job with the material and raised the bar so high that this adaptation pales by comparison.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Many Tolkien fans were disappointed when Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of “Lord of the Rings” covered only the first two books of Tolkien’s trilogy. When it became clear that Bakshi would not produce a sequel, Rankin and Bass finished the story for him with this TV movie. This production is considered by many fans to be vastly superior to Bakshi’s 1978 movie. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close.  I love the story, but it just isn’t done well enough.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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