It has been several years, but.... I recall absolutely loathing the Bakshi version of Lord of the Rings. I recall it being long, boring, and surreal at points, and utterly unwatchable in my opinion. I will have to watch it again sometime to review how true to the novels it is. On the other hand (and granted, there may be a lot of nostalgia here), I loved as a child and still love as an adult the Rankin/Bass Return of the King (and the Hobbit for that matter). While I realize that it is a significantly abridged version of the work, I still feel like it captured the magic of Middle Earth better than almost anything, and at some points still can rival or even exceed the Peter Jackson epics (which I also like quite a bit). There was something particularly engaging about Huston as Gandolf, and for my money the reveal of Eowyn in the battle with the Witch King is much better in the Rankin/Bass version than in the Jackson movie. And yes, both the Hobbit and Return of the King have signiifcant musical interludes which at some points are hokey but overall I feel fit the mood of the piece (and even where it doesn't, its so darn enjoyable I have to forgive it - I mean really, who doesn't love, "Where there's a Whip, there's a Way?"). I hope this LoTR Bakshi is more accessable to the general public (though I hardly count as such).