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"The Return of the King" is the 1979 animated adaption by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass of the final volume of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. The storyline takes place immediately after "The Two Towers," but a major portion of that volume was left off the animated movie version by Ralph Baskhi that came out the year before in 1978.


Rankin/Bass dealt with this by using a continuous timeline and frequently switching back and forth between the two separate storylines. This technique makes the animated "The Return of the King" seem much more different than it's published counterpart than either of the prior animated adaptations. Tolkien's "The Two Towers" was also split into two separate storylines, but since Ralph Bakshi's animated version dealt mainly with "The Fellowship of the Ring," the effect is not as noticeable.

"The Return of the King" has a similar look and feel to "The Hobbit," as it was produced by the same team Rankin/Bass TV production.


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