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 Its so easy not to try

Let the world go drifting by

If you never say hello

You won't have to say goodbye

Its so easy not to try

Never stay around to cry

Move along when troubles come

Like a mindless butterfly

For what good is it to love

When the loving always ends

Travel on the road that's straight

Not the one with hills and bends

Its so easy not to try

Let the world go drifting by

If you never say hello

You won't have to say goodbye

The Rankin Bass adaptation of the third The Lord of the Rings book, this is a follow up both to their adaptation of The Hobbit and the Ralph Bakshi adaptation of the first three Books (or one-and-a-half volumes).

Needs a Better Description. (You'd be pressed to find one.)


Provides Examples Of:

  • Always Chaotic Evil: Averted. The cartoon goes where even the books didn't and actually humanizes the orcs to a degree. The song, "Where There's A Whip, There's A Way" basically says that they fight because they're being made to, not because they want to. This suggests that only the higher-ranking orc officers are truly malicious and evil.
  • Animated Adaptation
  • Animesque: Virtually all the animators and one of the two character designers were Japanese, so this may actually be more half-Anime than pseudo-Anime Animesque.
  • Badass: Samwise, so much. And he manages it without losing anything of himself in the development.
  • Behind the Black: Hilariously, no one notices the Minstrel of Gondor until Gandalf introduces him. Apparently he was just standing there silently during the entire party waiting for a cue.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Couple of instances, most notable being when the Rohan army arrives, naturally, at the single most dramatically appropriate moment to save the day. Aragorn's arrival is actually more badass in this version, since it looks like he routes the evil army just by showing up.
  • Big No: By Sam, a couple of times. In fact, maybe only by Sam. Nearly every other character says "Nay" rather than "No".
  • Broad Strokes: The dialogue is surprisingly accurate, though.
  • Canon Foreigner: The "Minstrel of Gondor".
    • While I don't know about the animated figure so it might be different, but the original does have a minstrel singing about Frodo's journey at the Field of Cormallen.
  • Continuity Lock Out: You had better know the basic story and major characters, or this makes no damn sense.
  • Covers Always Lie: The DVD cover only seems to vaguely represent the film's contents, if it indeed represents them at all. It features two generic chubby hobbits, neither of which look quite like Samwise or Merry, let alone Frodo or Pippin. They are riding on a horse, despite the fact that there is no scene featuring hobbits riding horses (only significantly smaller ponies). Also prominently featured are two dwarves who do not appear in the film at all, and do not clearly resemble any of the dwarves who appeared in The Hobbit either (although one looks vaguely like Thorin). In the background are two vaguely-portrayed palace-like structures -- one light and one dark -- that do not clearly resemble Minas Tirith, Cirith Ungol, Barad Dûr or the Black Gate which appear in the film. All in all, the cover looks like it was drawn by someone who really hasn't seen the film or read the books at all but merely slapped something random together with short people, dwarves, knights, castles and a dragon, which makes you wonder if the powers that be who signed off on this DVD release simply didn't care.
  • Demoted to Extra: Legolas and Gimli do appear very briefly in a few scenes one being in Aragon's flashback, a few shots during the battle scenes, and can be seen during the parade, neither of them have any lines. For that matter, Aragorn has less than a dozen spoken lines either, and he's the title character.
  • Disneyfication
  • The Dragon: The Witch King.
  • Expository Theme Tune: "We don't wanna go to war today / But the Lord of the Lash says 'Nay nay nay'We're gonna march all day, all day, all day..."
  • Everythings Funkier With Disco: Orcs walk a grueling march to the funky bass riffs of Where There's A Whip There's a Way. Lampshaded: "I can't! I can't continue!" -- "I'd rather be singin' a good old hobbit song myself..."
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: This has Roddy McDowall ("Oi! Blimey Mistah Freodo!") as Samwise, Casey Kasem (Shaggy Rogers) as Pippin, Orson Bean as Frodo & Bilbo, folk singer Glenn Yarbrough as The Minstrel of Gondor, and Don Messick (Papa Smurf) as King Theoden.
    • Not to mention that Gandalf is John Huston (the Lawgiver, as well as a very good director), and Denethor is William Conrad of Cannon, Jake And The Fatman, and refrigerator alarm fame.
  • The Final Temptation: Sam is tempted to claim the ring, lead an army to claim the Dark Tower for his own, and turn Mordor into a vast garden paradise.[1] "Hail, Samwise The Strong! the sun shines for thee alone!"
    • Frodo's confrontation in the Cracks of Doom is drawn out, stretching and deforming the timeline quite a bit, since he apparently claims the ring and wanders around Mount Doom for quite awhile while the story proceeds. Oddly, it's portrayed as a disaster if Sam should put on the ring in sight of Mount Doom (as in the book) but Frodo can do so and all that happens is the quest gets derailed with Sam wandering around the inside of the volcano looking for him!
    • "BEHOLD! THE GARDENS OF MY DELIGHT!!" Aww... Dark Lord Samwise is so cute.
  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: The Cracks of Doom
  • How We Got Here: To Bilbo's birthday party? And how did Frodo lose a finger?
  • a go to war today
  • Everythings Funkier With Disco: Orcs walk a grueling march to the funky bass riffs of Where There's A Whip There's a Way. Lampshaded: "I can't! I can't continue!" -- "I'd rather be singin' a good old hobbit song myself..."
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: This has Roddy McDowall ("Oi! Blimey Mistah Freodo!") as Samwise, Casey Kasem (Shaggy Rogers) as Pippin, Orson Bean as Frodo & Bilbo, folk singer Glenn Yarbrough as The Minstrel of Gondor, and Don Messick (Papa Smurf) as King Theoden.
    • Not to mention that Gandalf is John Huston (the Lawgiver, as well as a very good director), and Denethor is William Conrad of Cannon, Jake And The Fatman, and refrigerator alarm fame.
  • The Final Temptation: Sam is tempted to claim the ring, lead an army to claim the Dark Tower for his own, and turn Mordor into a vast garden paradise.[2] "Hail, Samwise The Strong! the sun shines for thee alone!"
    • Frodo's confrontation in the Cracks of Doom is drawn out, stretching and deforming the timeline quite a bit, since he apparently claims the ring and wanders around Mount Doom for quite awhile while the story proceeds. Oddly, it's portrayed as a disaster if Sam should put on the ring in sight of Mount Doom (as in the book) but Frodo can do so and all that happens is the quest gets derailed with Sam wandering around the inside of the volcano looking for him!
    • "BEHOLD! THE GARDENS OF MY DELIGHT!!" Aww... Dark Lord Samwise is so cute.
  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: The Cracks of Doom
  • How We Got Here: To Bilbo's birthday party? And how did Frodo lose a finger?

 Minstrel: Why does he have nine fingers?

Minstrel: Where is the ring of doom?

Notes

  1. Actually based on a scene in the book!
  2. Actually based on a scene in the book!
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