The Return of the King

Genre: 
Adventure · 
Fantasy · 

Release Date: May 11, 1980

Status: Released

Running time: 1h 38m

Content Rating: NR

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The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King: A Story of the Hobbits), is a 1980 animated musical-fantasy television film created by Rankin/Bass and Topcraft. It is an adaptation of the 1955 high fantasy novel The Return of the King, being the third and final volume of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, and is a sequel to the 1977 film The Hobbit.The film is often mistaken as a sequel to Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated film The Lord of the Rings. After Rankin/Bass became defunct in 1987, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the special for home video distribution and chose to market the film, along with The Hobbit, as installments to an animated Tolkien trilogy, with The Lord of the Rings (also owned by Warner Bros. from United Artists) acting as the middle chapter. This false promotion led to rumors that Rankin/Bass originally decided to produced The Return of the King upon hearing that Bakshi's sequel to The Lord of the Rings was canceled. However, Rankin/Bass had always planned on making The Return of the King as a follow-up to The Hobbit even before the release of Bakshi's version.The special aired on ABC on Sunday, May 11, 1980 after a legal challenge filed by the Tolkien Estate and Fantasy Films was settled. Critical and fan reaction to The Return of the King was lukewarm.

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