holiday animation The Return of the King © Rankin-Bass
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The Return of the King

Frodo Baggins and his friend Samwise Gamgee forge their way into the depths of Mordor, in the quest to destroy the evil One Ring of Power.

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In 1980, following in the footsteps of The Hobbit, which preceded it by 3 years, The Return of the King debuted as a Rankin Bass made-for-TV special. After The Hobbit,...
Created by: Rankin-Bass
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Orson Bean ... Bilbo / Frodo
Roddy McDowall ... Sam Gamgee
John Huston ... Gandalf
Casey Kasem ... Merry Brandybuck
Sonny Melendrez ... Pippin Took
Theodore Bikel ... Aragorn
Brother Theodore ... Gollum
Nellie Bellflower ... Eowyn
Glenn Yarbrough ... The Minstrel
William Conrad ... Denethor
Paul Frees ... Elrond/ Goblin
Directed by: Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass
Produced by: Jules Bass
Songs by: Jules Bass
Writing Credits: Romeo Muller
Supervising / Directing Animators: Katsuhisa Yamada and Koichi Sasaki
Animated by: Kazuyuki Kobayashi, Hidemi kubo and Tadakatsu Yoshida
Based on: The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

holiday animation The Return of the King © Rankin-BassWhen Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings cartoon failed to finish off the trilogy, the animators of The Hobbit picked up the slack

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