1982, Conlan Press, 92 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass

While directors Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass are best known for their stop-motion TV specials, they also did traditional cel work, and the Japanese animation house they used here would go on to become Studio Ghibli. Adapted by Peter S. Beagle from his novel, this touching fantasy features the voices of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee and Mia Farrow as the titular creature on a magic-filled quest to find others of her kind. With music by Jimmy Webb and soft-rock hitmakers America.

1977, 20th Century Fox, 82 min, USA, Dir: Ralph Bakshi

A post-apocalyptic vision like none before, where twin wizards - the wicked Blackwolf and the good-hearted Avatar - battle for rule over an epic, fantasy wasteland.

1978, The Saul Zaentz Co., 132 min, USA, Dir: Ralph Bakshi

Originally a topic of griping among hard-core Tolkien fans, Bakshi’s bold, hallucinogenic interpretation of hobbits and the journey they undertake to save Middle-earth was later hailed by Peter Jackson as one of his inspirations for the live-action trilogy.

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