Despite the title, Rankin/Bass' adaptation of The Return of the King is not the conclusion to 1978's animated Lord of the Rings film. Attempting to be a direct sequel to 1977's animated The Hobbit, this ABC network television special brings back the character designs and voice cast from that first show. Can the story of The Return of the King be told without the previous two volumes, or does this work as an unofficial conclusion to Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings? If you make a Platinum donation to Now Playing podcast you can listen and find out! NOTE: You can donate and get this episode individually, or you can subscribe for 12 months to access all our bonus shows. Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!