Rotoscoped orcs

Here begins a series of posts about orcs and dunters.

Some striking orcs appeared in the 1978 animated version of Lord of the Rings — at least my 11-year-old self thought they were striking.


Rotoscoped orcs from Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 LOTR movie

I thought these looked unique, and menacing. Of course, what was unique in 1978, when one was 11, may be less unique now — but then again, rotoscoping is still pretty rare. 

Now, many commenters online have panned these orcs . . . for example see this comprehensive treatment of the film by Erik David Even:

Quantum vis . . . regardless, I think these rotoscoped fellows are clearly better than the pig-nosed variants who appeared for awhile in Dungeons & Dragons books.




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