Tag Archives: High Fantasy

Referring to a form of fantasy storytelling wherein fantasy elements are usually explainable within the logic of its own world.

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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Farmer fights the Krug army in the forest

“In the Name of the King” Review

“Look; I am not a fucking retard like Michael Bay!”Uwe Boll

As adept a judge of character as the above quote would suggest him to be, Uwe Boll’s body of work is at least as bad as anything I’ve seen from Michael Bay.  My article today concerns Boll’s attempt at a high fantasy epic.  Like most of his work, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is based on a video-game.  I read a bit about the story of the game, and the movie seems to have nothing to do with it.  Most reviews of In the Name of the King dub it one of the worst fantasy stories of all time, but I recently reviewed The Dragon in the Sock Drawer, which was so stupid and utterly mental that In the Name of the King seems all the more bland.
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“The Twelve Kingdoms” Anime Review

I recently decided that, just for the fun of seeing what would happen, I’d randomly decide on an anime I’d never heard of and watch it from start to finish.  Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped.  I mean, I do have quite a lot to say about it, but the show itself wasn’t especially good.
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The 1977 Hobbit cartoon is an abomination.

Review of Rankin/Bass’ The Hobbit (1977)

In the first article I ever wrote for this site, I reviewed a 1966 cartoon loosely derived from The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.The 1977 Hobbit cartoon is an abomination.  Now, this cartoon was actually calculated to be as faithless an adaptation as possible for use as a tool of blackmail, and this eventually led to the existence of a second attempt to adapt The Hobbit to the screen eleven years later, this time by Rankin/Bass, a studio famous for its holiday specials.  Many of their other works are really good, but they’re really out of their league here.  This, along with two later cartoons, are often considered to make up a sort of half-formed trilogy, and I’ll eventually get around to reviewing the other two.
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King Bilbo imagery in the Rankin/Bass Hobbit cartoon

Progress on The Hobbit 1977 Review

Happy October to everyone who isn’t reviewing a bloody awful ’70s cartoon!  If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you might have heard that I didn’t get much sleep last night.  This is because the review I’m working on has been the most intense and time-consuming review I’ve written.  To make things worse, a street-lamp turned on outside my window just as I was ready to go to sleep.  I’ve been working almost non-stop on getting the review done as soon as possible so you can read my thoughts on that cartoon.  Luckily, I’ve gotten some better blinds for my window, and I expect I’ll have the article ready sometime in the next week.

In the meantime, please enjoy the highlights of my live-tweeting event…
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Bilbo resists the temptation to kill Gollum

On the Heroism of Hobbits

Happy Hobbit Day! In case you weren’t aware, the twenty-second of September is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and among Tolkien fans it is a time to celebrate Tolkien’s greatness. Although Tolkien’s works are well-known, few are aware of just how great an impact they have had not just on literature but also on western civilization in general.
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Conan The Barbarian

Epic Fantasy vs. “Sword and Sorcery”

I’d like to shed some light on a misconception concerning the genres of Epic Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery.  For those who don’t know, the genre of Sword and Sorcery was created primarily by Robert E. Howard and thrived for many years in pulp magazines.  Epic Fantasy, on the other hand, was created by Tolkien with works such as The Hobbit after World War I and The Lord of the Rings after World War II.
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