Is there any production footage of part 2 of Ralph Bakshi's Lord of The Rings 70's animated movie? At the end of the film there is dialogue indicating that there would be another film:

Narrator: As their gallant battle ended, so too ends the first great tale of The Lord of the Rings.

Was such a film produced?

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Apparently a lack of funding did not allow for a part 2.

By the time The Hobbit aired in 1977, Bakshi had already spent three years creating his Tolkien adaptation based on The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, the first two installments in the the three-part The Lord of the Rings book series. Bakshi had intended to film a sequel to his movie, but it never materialized due to a lack of financing.

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Most of the animated film suffered from a lack of financing as well, so it is no surprise they didn't make a sequel.

"Where I do think the movie suffers, even taking into account the low budget and rapid schedule, are the big battle scenes, especially at Helm’s Deep."


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    They didn't even have time or money to finish the rotoscoping for the first film, much less film the second.
    – Buzz
    Aug 16, 2018 at 1:00
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    Thanks, think I remember something about Tolkien helping with the screenplay but died and his son Christopher taking over but might have dreamed it. Just have to live with Wizards I suppose Aug 16, 2018 at 6:24
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    There is a sort-of sequel made for TV in 1980 by Rankin & Bass, entitled Return of the King (imdb.com/title/tt0079802). Rankin and Bass also did an animated Hobbit movie in 1977 (imdb.com/title/tt0077687) Aug 16, 2018 at 7:59
  • Thanks Klaus, don't know what I hadn't seen the Rankin & Bass ones? They look much more mad for kids against Bakshi's LoTRs. It would be great to see a gritty version of RoTK Aug 17, 2018 at 21:28
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    @KlausÆ.Mogensen - The Rankin/Bass The Return of the King was intended purely as a sequel for the Rankin/Bass The Hobbit, and began production prior to the Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings.
    – ibid
    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:31

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