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The Return of the King
The Return of the King, 1980 film.jpg
Original VHS release cover
Based on The Hobbit and The Return of the King 
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Written by Romeo Muller
Directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Starring Orson Bean
John Huston
William Conrad
Roddy McDowall
Theodore Bikel
Theme music composer Glenn Yarbrough
Composer(s) Maury Laws
Country of origin USA Japan
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Running time 98 minutes
Production company(s) Topcraft
Rankin/Bass Productions
Distributor American Broadcasting Company (TV)
Warner Bros.
Release
Original release May 11, 1980
Chronology
Preceded by The Hobbit

The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King: A Story of the Hobbits), is a 1980 animated musical television film created by Rankin/Bass and Topcraft. The film is an adaptation of The Return of the King, the third book in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Due to marketing by Warner Bros., the film is often credited by fans as the unofficial sequel to Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated film The Lord of the Rings, which is based on the first two volumes of the book. According to rumors, Rankin/Bass decided to do the project upon hearing that Bakshi's sequel finishing The Lord of the Rings was going to be left unmade. However, Rankin/Bass had always planned on making a sequel based on The Return of the King as their follow-up project to The Hobbit.[1]

The special aired on ABC on Sunday, May 11, 1980. Critical and fan reaction to The Return of the King was lukewarm.[2]

Parodies (Don't delete, but you can add some more)

  1. The Return of the King (1980)/The Amazing World of Gumball
  2. The Return of the King (1980)/The New Amazing World of Gumball
  3. The Return of the King (1980)/T.U.F.F. Puppy
  4. The Return of the King (1980)/Skunk Fu!
  5. The Return of the King (1980)/How to Train Your Dragon
  6. The Return of the King (1980)/Kung Fu Panda
  7. The Return of the King (1980)/Dinosaur
  8. The Return of the King (1980)/The Land Before Time
  9. The Return of the King (1980)/Star Wars
  10. The Return of the King (1980)/Back to the Future
  11. The Return of the King (1980)/Indiana Jones
  12. The Return of the King (1980)/The Wizard of Oz
  13. The Return of the King (1980)/Pinocchio
  14. The Return of the King (1980)/Sleeping Beauty
  15. The Return of the King (1980)/The Pagemaster
  16. The Return of the King (1980)/The Rescuers
  17. The Return of the King (1980)/Fantasia
  18. The Return of the King (1980)/Aladdin
  19. The Return of the King (1980)/Hercules
  20. The Return of the King (1980)/Monsters vs Aliens
  21. The Return of the King (1980)/Frozen
  22. The Return of the King (1980)/Tangled
  23. The Return of the King (1980)/Moana
  24. The Return of the King (1980)/The Lion King
  25. The Return of the King (1980)/The Jungle Book (2016)
  26. The Return of the King (1980)/Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  27. The Return of the King (1980)/The Lion Guard
  28. The Return of the King (1980)/The Good Dinosaur
  29. The Return of the King (1980)/Spongebob Squarepants
  30. The Return of the King (1980)/Regular Show

References

  1. J.W. Braun, The Lord of the Films (ECW Press, 2009)
  2. Tolkien Online: The Return of the King

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