Ralph Bakshi Cheryl Forbes - Essay

Cheryl Forbes

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

If you read the critics, you might not suspect that J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the first true epic to come along since Milton revitalized Homer's and Virgil's genre, was a monumental work. That its followers, as with Abraham's seed, are as numerous as the sands. That there are people who meet each week to play Middle-earth games. That maps, calendars, pictures, puzzles, and deluxe editions of the trilogy sell in the millions year after year. I suspect that the critics and the audiences of Ralph Bakshi's animated version of The Lord of the Rings … will be just as far apart.

With few exceptions, the critics find it a bad film. The audiences don't…. Bakshi, the director,...

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