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An entertaining, but flawed animated translation,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings (Animated Version) [DVD]  (DVD)
This animated version of Tolkien's famous trilogy tries too hard to please adults and children alike. The hobbit and dwarf characters tend to be inspired by twee Disney role models, while the villains' dark overtones remain from the book making them more succesful. The narrative follows the book closely, but wisely avoids the historical depth. There are times when scenes feel rushed as the filmmakers aim to keep the film to a reasonable length, although sufficient time is allocated to the magnificent and unusual battle scene with the orcs, combining live action and animation. On the whole, this film version aims to please too wide an audience and is unlikely to attract any new non-Tolkien converts.