LOTR RULEZ!!! Cute picture... and the main problem with the movie is... your picture is better.
Jackson did justice to Sam, but left out his moment with the ring (pivotal scene in the book... yes it's actually all one book... the publisher split it into 3 volumes to make it more salable). Also Merry and Pippin come off as too silly, and Frodo (It's technically an ensemble, but let's be honest, he's the main character), but he comes off as a total Damsel in Distress in Jackson's films... it just makes me so upset. (NOISES OF FURY)
So for those reasons, however strange some of the things in the RANKIN BASS version are, I have to like it better b/c it potrays Sam and Frodo the best and it strikes the right tone, the same tone as the books, and unlike the Jackson films it puts the most emphasis on the heart of the books, which is expressed in less than 2 minutes in this song. (I'll put a link) Jackson couldn't seem to get to the heart of the story in 9 plus hours with all the money, the perfect cast, the amazing effects. etc. at his disposal, but they did it perfectly, beautifully, here. It drives me crazy sometimes. So here it is, how Rankin Bass beat Jackson: www.youtube.com/watch?v=864VY2… (This is the true heart of Tolkien, and somehow Jackson completely missed it) Seriously... WTF? But to be fair, that song is amazing. I also really like this song (which is from the same film)... it's really sad it's so hard to find this film. Well here's the other song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMhY59… (It's really too bad Rankin Bass only was able to make a very small part of LOTR... they did such a good job aside from the strange intro and ending parts, and some of the character designs... also most of the songs are really good, but there is one song sung by some orcs which I admit probably should have been cut... I would have liked to see them include Shelob, but they didn't. However, Sam does use the vial of Galadrial/of starlight, to get past the watchers, another scene cut from the Jackson films...
Some of the changes Jackson made, as I said, make me really confused and angry.