But after reading all the negative items about the film these past few years, I was prepared for a truly horrible movie-watching experience. Luckly, I am somewhat positively surprised. Yes, the film definitely has its faults, but overall, it tells the story fairly well, and thus far (I'm watching it piecemeal with Daughter), it is faithful to the text. Stylistically, I have a number of quibbles: the rotoscoping technique really doesn't work for me, the costumes of Aragorn and Boromir are ridiculous (didn't men wear pants in the Third Age?), Aragorn looks like a Neanderthal rather than a descendant of kings, Gandalf gesticulates wildly rather than being subtle, and the paintings of the backdrops gets far too impressionistic for my taste. But as I said, the telling of the story is actually not so bad.
My memory of watching the movie all those years ago was that it fell apart towards the end and looked as though they had ran out of money and had to finish it on the cheap. Of course the fact that it only tells the first half of the story is a major flaw.
In a week or two, Cartoon Network will be showing the Rankin-Bass version of The Return of the King, which I have very little memory of. But since they also did The Hobbit, I imagine it will be very similar in style. We shall see.