The Lord of the Rings

1978 PG 2h 15m DVD

The Lord of the Rings

1978 PG 2h 15m DVD
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The magical world of J.R.R. Tolkien's &NFi;Lord of the Rings&NFi_; trilogy comes to life in this animated tale. Frodo possesses the all-powerful ring sought by the evil Sauron of Mordor. Frodo must bear the awful burden of the ring to a place where it may be destroyed, thus ensuring the safety of Middle Earth. Helped by the mighty wizard Gandalf, his fellow hobbits, elves, dwarfs and other Middle Earth creatures, Frodo embarks on his dangerous adventure.
Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt, Simon Chandler, Dominic Guard, Norman Bird
Ralph Bakshi
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings was cutting-edge at the time with its incorporation of live-action elements, but this hybrid style heightens some of the action sequences and makes the battle scenes frightening for under-8 audiences. Although there is a pub scene in which the Hobbits and others are drinking and smoking pipes, the potentially objectionable content is the violence that is prevalent throughout Frodo's journey to get rid of the Ring. The Ringwraiths, Orcs, Nazguls, and other creatures are far scarier than the villains in most animated films. On the other hand, J.R.R. Tolkien's tale emphasizes the importance of teamwork and friendship, and that is still a major theme of the movie.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Many of the Fellowship's skirmishes with the Ringwraiths, Orcs, and the rest of Sauron's Army are likely to frighten younger audiences. In Moria, the remains of the long-dead dwarves are shown (they're bones). Orcs are freaky looking, and the battle results in deaths. The combination of live-action and animation makes certain scenes seem all the more realistic, creating a creepier, scarier mood through the darker parts of the film.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

This is a story of how even the smallest among us can make the biggest differences. It's a universal hero's journey where the hero, like always, can only triumph over his obstacles with the help of many allies, in this case elves, men, dwarves, etc. Cooperation, teamwork, good vs. evil -- it's all there.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The Hobbits stop at a pub where they and other characters drink what's presumably alcohol and some smoke pipes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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