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Lord of the Rings-1978

For its theatrical release, The Lord of the Rings was supposed to be the first part of an animated trilogy based on the three books by J. R. R. Tolkien.


From what little is known, Ralph Bakshi's Middle-earth movie was supposed to have been announced as The Lord of the Rings Part 1 and the two sequels would be based on the remaining books by J. R. R. Tolkien, in which we would see the giant spiders, the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and also in the sequels, Sam was supposed to stop being a fool, comic relief character and become braver like he was in the books.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. United Artists rejected Bakshi's idea that The Lord of the Rings be titled Part 1, because they didn't like the idea of promoting half a movie. So Bakshi was denied to do Part 2.


  • The sequels were permanently cancelled.
  • Ralph Bakshi's animated film of The Lord of the Rings, only based on The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, was released in 1978 and although it was a financial success, it received mixed reactions from critics and hostility from viewers. disappointed that they felt it was incomplete; there was no official sequel to cover the rest of the story.
  • Several years later, Peter Jackson would make his The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy of R.R. Tolkien's books and became a box office success and received positive reviews from critics and R.R. Tolkien fans.