Lost Footage, Gandalf Battles the Balrog !

More than 35 years after the film’s original release, two clips of lost footage that were cut from Ralph Bakshi’s animated Lord of the Rings have been restored « from the cutting room floor. »

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Eddie Bakshi, Bakshi’s son, has been busy scanning in original « cel » artwork from Bakshi’s archives, timing them to the cartoon’s original exposure sheets, and posting the scenes on Bakshi’s Facebook page. (The Facebook page also includes clips from Bakshi’s other films, though it appears none of these are new.)

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The particular Rings footage that has been restored comes from the Gandalf vs. Balrog fight sequence, and it is brief. One clip is a three-shot, 12-second sequence of the two characters falling into the void, titled « Gandalf recalls fighting the Balrog. » The other is a 10-second shot described as « Gandalf duels with the Balrog and smashes into the endless staircase. » In the film, the Balrog battle was recounted via minimally-animated still images.

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Also, Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings movie generated some fantastic concept art never published. According to a post over at Meathaus, this art comes from Unflitered, a 2008 art book that Ralph Bakshi and friends put out — but the chapter on Lord of the Rings was scrapped due to rights issues. Bakshi posted all of the pages from the scrapped chapter on his blog a while back, and they include some absolutely fantastic concept art.

The Lord of the Rings by Ralph Bakshi (1978)

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