1. What was the most important reason that J.R.R. Tolkien objected to original movie treatment of The Lord of the Rings written by Zimmerman? What are two other reasons he did not like the way Zimmerman was handling the story?
2. What is the difference between classic animation and CG animation?
3. What power do you give up when you watch a movie rather than reading the book version?
4. Other than just telling a story, what are some other goals that a director might have that may affect his or her direction of the movie?
Critical Thinking Questions
1. From a creative cinematic viewpoint, why was it better that a production of The Lord of the Rings using human actors rather than simple animation did not take place until the 21st century?
2. How does the use of simple animation tend to affect the presentation of a story? For instance, Baksi first presented an animated film version of The Lord of the Rings in 1978. How did his use of animation affect the story? What advantages can you think of for using simple animation in filming some stories?
3. Based on what you have learned in this unit, which do you think is best for your situation: to read the book first and then see the movie? Or to see the movie first and then read the book? Why is this choice best for you?
4. From Sam's point of view, who was Gollum and what was his motive for helping the hobbits? From Frodo's point of view, who was Gollum?
5. Give an example mentioned in this unit where the director, Peter Jackson, changed the nature of a conflict in the story.