Suilaid, my friends:
At the time Bakshi's film was made the technique of painting over live action, called Rotoscope by the way, was to some extend avant-garde. It had been used occasionally by the Disney studios in the past but had fallen out of favor. Bakshi revived it in his film "Wizards," which has been considered a cult classic for years now. In retrospect Bakshi regretted using rotoscope to the extent that he did, but what was done, was done.
Though the film, seen through special-effects-hardened 21st century eyes, seems a bit half-baked, rough and comical in parts and truly it is--the two Tolkien Fan-films I mentioned in another thread far outstrip it in polish and presentation--it was literally the only show in town in 1978 save for Tolkien's then-five books. And while I can totally relate to some of the observations fielded in this thread, I think it a bit harsh to judge an animation done nearly 35 years ago by the standard of today's special effects savvy movie studios.
While I enjoy Jackson's vision, I was always worried that his films would come to dominate any conversation about LotRs and that Tolkien's literary work, the real jewel, would suffer, relegated to the shadows as too difficult to read in light of the special effects of the Jackson treatment and today's all too easy accessible, mindless and watered down fiction.
For example, it amazes me how many self-proclaimed die hard "Tolkien fans" have no idea who Tom Bambadil or Goldberry were; think Arwen is a main character and Glorfindal just a name; swear Elves fought at the Battle of Helm's Deep; see Faramir as sinister and weak; believe that Aragorn tried to refuse his heritage and purposely avoided taking up Narsil never realizing he fully embraced his birthright and had the Sword-That-Was-Broken forged anew as Anduril in Rivendell before the Fellowship of the Ring left that place; they are under the impression that he had the dead to fight for him on the fields of the Pelennor; and have no idea that upon returning home the hobbits took part in a major battle in the Shire and witnessed the death of Saruman. How tragic, how sad that the very beauty of the elves they so thoroughly desire to emulate is lost to them without having read in context the Lament of Galadriel, the Lay of Nimrodel or the Hymn of Earindil the Mariner, father of Elrond.
Anyway...for what it was at the time, I enjoyed the film...especially for the depiction of Gollum. At least the elves had feet and not tree roots like they did in the animated version of The Hobbit that aired on T.V. in 1977. And yes, Boromir looked like a cross between a Hollywood Viking and He-Man, but at least he died bravely...and accurately. As for Aragorn trippingâ€”well, at least he didnâ€™t break his toe like he did in Jacksonâ€™s film :-) Of course the real Strider would never have done eitherâ€¦LOL!