The LOTR Movie Site
November 30, 1999Thoughts on Ralph
The following is an e-mail I
recently received from Steve. I thought he brought up some good points. That's why I
decided to post this. -- MATTHEW
With regard to the recent coverage of the Ralph Bakshi movie
- - it's obviously a slow news season for the LOTR Movie Site.
Bakshi himself admitted back in the eighties that he only did the movies for the cash. He
has no feelings one way or the other for Tolkien's stories. He made a lousy, sloppy movie.
We don't have to stick up for him -- we don't have to defend anyone who exploits these
Art Spigelman, the creator of the "MAUS" series, chronicling his father's
experiences before, during and after the holocaust, has often been asked why he
hasn't yet made a movie out of his stories. He replies, simply, that the stories realize
his vision exactly the way he wanted them to; a movie will not"improve" or
"enhance" that vision. In other words, the movie will NEVER be as good as the
book. Sometimes, the opposite is true -- 2001: A Space Odyssey is a good book to read, but
it's an unforgettable movie.
I think you need to remain critical of Peter Jackson's movie. Make sure he knows the
readers are out there, and give him some ammunition when he is forced to compromise on
important features of the story. From what I've read in your site, and from what I've seen
of his movies, the LOTR movie will be made with as much integrity as we can hope for. But
it will NEVER inmprove upon the books, and it will NOT enhance your own imagined vision of
Whatever you do, don't feel inclined to treat Ralph Bakshi with any critical respect. He
got his reputation the old-fashioned way. He earned it.