The Return of the King
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The second of Rankin/Bass' animated TV specials based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Return of the King plots the quest to defeat the evil wizard Sauron. Frodo, nephew of The Hobbit protagonist Bilbo Baggins, vows to destroy the Ring, even if it costs him his own life. He carries the Ring to the volcanic innards of Mount Doom. All this he does on behalf of good-guy Aragon, who will never be able to escape the dreaded land of Sauron so long as the Ring retains its evil powers. Orson Bean, who'd been the voice of Bilbo Baggins in the 1977 Hobbit cartoon special, returns to portray… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A joyless failure which has only the latent strength of Tolkien's fantastic imaginings to give it any merit whatsoever."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"I love this. All of it. Although I adore what Peter & Co. did, I think this movie, for sheer atmosphere, slightly nudges out his Oscar-winner. Really."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ▄berCinÚ
"Cartoon tale is darker, more complex than others in series."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The cartoon version isn't that bad, espcecially when they couldn't use the first two books in the trilogy."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"McDowall is terrific"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Works even less well than The Hobbit, which really is a children's story… overbearing folk-ballad soundtrack doesn't even gesture lyrically to Tolkien's poetry."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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