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The ridiculous character design for Treebeard in the Bakshi cartoon

Bakshi “The Lord of the Rings” Twitter Highlights

The ridiculous character design for Treebeard in the Bakshi cartoonOn Saturday I watched Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, and it wasn’t exactly bad—although it wasn’t good either!  Instead, I would define the Bakshi version as “precisely what you’d expect from a ’70s cartoon that tried to adapt a masterpiece.”  In short, it was doomed to fail.  That doesn’t mean, however, that it wasn’t fun to tear it to pieces, so here are some of the highlights from the live-tweeting session!
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Cartoon Gandalf spins around while speaking the Black Speech in The Shire.

Live Tweet of Bakshi’s “The Lord of the Rings” at Noon

Cartoon Gandalf spins around while speaking the Black Speech in The Shire.This is the last of many reminders!  The day has finally come; at noon (Pacific Time), I will tweet my thoughts on Ralph Bakshi’s “The Lord of the Rings” cartoon at twitter.com/hashtag/lotr78.  I happily invite you to tweet along with me if you’re interested in making your thoughts known about this cartoon!

Bakshi “The Lord of the Rings” Live-Tweeting Tomorrow

The animated version of Gandalf in Ralph Bakshi's cartoon.Greetings!  Tomorrow at 12:00PM (Pacific Time), I’m going to watch Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and tweet my thoughts live at twitter.com/hashtag/lotr78 as I do so.  You’re invited to join in on the discussion at noon tomorrow, and if you want to make sure you don’t miss the event, you can follow me at twitter.com/HM_Turnbull.

A Ringwraith in Ralph Bakshi's cartoon.

Live Tweeting Bakshi’s “The Lord of the Rings” Adaptation on Saturday

A Ringwraith in Ralph Bakshi's cartoon.Greetings!  This is just one of a good few reminders that I’ll be live-tweeting my thoughts on Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” this Saturday at 12:00PM (Pacific Time).  If you’re interested, you can join in at twitter.com/hashtag/lotr78 or follow me at twitter.com/HM_Turnbull.

Gandalf and "Aruman" in the Ralph Bakshi cartoon.

Live Tweeting at Noon on Saturday

Gandalf and "Aruman" in the Ralph Bakshi cartoon.As I said in my last post, I am going to be live-tweeting my thoughts on Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings on Saturday the 14th at #lotr78.  The live-tweeting will take place at 12:00PM Pacific Time, so make a note in your schedule if you’re interested.  Also, to make sure you don’t miss it, you can follow me at @HM_Turnbull.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts on this movie with you!  Expect more updates soon.

Frodo and Gandalf in Ralph Bakshi's rotoscoped cartoon.

Live Tweeting Bakshi’s “The Lord of the Rings“ Next Week

In September I live-tweeted my thoughts on the Rankin/Bass adaptation of The Hobbit.Frodo and Gandalf in Ralph Bakshi's rotoscoped cartoon.  In October I posted my full review, and on no other article have I ever worked harder.  I’ve said before that I will do the same with the rest of the makeshift cartoon trilogy—first Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of the first half of The Lord of the Rings, then Rankin/Bass’s attempt at the final third: The Return of the King.  I’ve got another review scheduled for the tenth, and then next Saturday I’m going to watch Bakshi’s “The Lord of the Rings” and live-tweet my thoughts at #lotr78.

I apologize that I don’t have an exact time of day planned yet, but I’ll post an update on my website and all relevant social-media when I know more.  To make sure you don’t miss the live-tweeting, you can follow me on Twitter at @HM_Turnbull.

Zoro holding a sword in each hand and one in his mouth.

Sexism in One Piece

There’s nothing more certain to draw masses of ire than the criticism of a well-liked show.  That said, I don’t really have much choice in the matter, as I could not ignore such blatant sexism as one finds in the nineteenth episode of the show One Piece.Zoro holding a sword in each hand and one in his mouth.  First of all, I have heard that the show gets better after this, so if this is the case, please consider this to be a criticism of Episode Nineteen only.  I don’t think that’s entirely unreasonable, as this episode functions more-or-less as a standalone story; for the purposes of this review I will regard it as such.
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Merlin prepares to cast a spell.

“BBC’s Merlin” Review

“In a land of myth and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young man.  His name: Merlin.”Kilgharrah

Merlin prepares to cast a spell.After all the horrible works I’ve reviewed recently, I decided it was finally time to talk about something that’s really good.  I had a few candidates in mind, but eventually I settled on one of my favourite television shows: BBC’s fantasy epic Merlin.
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Hazen, another chosen one from the future, prepares to thrust with the king's sword.

“In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission” Review

It’s finally about to be over!  The first In the Name of the King film was high fantasy at its very worst, the second was portal fantasy at its worst, and for some reason I don’t want to understand, Uwe Boll decided to make a third bollocks film in this awful, awful series.Hazen, another chosen one from the future, prepares to thrust with the king's sword.  This one, called either “In the Name of the King Ⅲ: The Last Mission” or, more appropriately, “In the Name of the King 3: The Last Job,” has as much to do with the other two films as the second has to do with the first.

It strikes me that, throughout these three films, not a single plot-thread from the first film—or the second—has been resolved in any sense of the word.  Nonetheless, it has more in common with Two Worlds than with A Dungeon Siege Tale, being a pathetic excuse for portal fantasy rather than high fantasy.
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“In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds” Review

Granger the modern-day veteran meets Raven, a medieval king.In my previous article, I talked about a film called In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.  In case you didn’t read that review, the film is by the infamous Uwe Boll, and it’s high fantasy at its very worst.  Upon finishing that abomination, Boll must have realized that there remained at least a very few of the genre’s worst writing practices that he’d not had time for in the original.  Sadly for everyone concerned, good old Uwe decided to make two sequels just so he could squeeze in more of the worst things a fantasy writer can do.
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