The Return of the King (1980)

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Podcast Release Date:
Aug 22, 2014

Lord of the Rings Series Episode 3

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Despite the title, Rankin/Bass’ adaptation of The Return of the King is not the conclusion to 1978’s animated Lord of the Rings film. Attempting to be a direct sequel to 1977’s animated The Hobbit, this ABC network television special brings back the character designs and voice cast from that first show. Can the story of The Return of the King be told without the previous two volumes, or does this work as an unofficial conclusion to Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings? If you make a Platinum donation to Now Playing podcast you can listen and find out!

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Movie Details

Series
Lord of the Rings
Original Title
The Return of the King
Title
The Return of the King
Director
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Author
Producer
Jules Bass, Masaki Îzuka
Writer
Romeo Muller
Actors
Orson Bean, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad, John Huston, Roddy McDowall, Theodore Gottlieb, Paul Frees, Casey Kasem, Sonny Melendrez, Nellie Bellflower
Runtime
1 h 38 min
Release Date
11 May 1980
Genres
Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
Overview
Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

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