Jim's talk about the Ranger the other day put me in mind of Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings. If you've never seen this, it's interesting to see the differences between Peter Jackson's lovely (if somewhat overproduced) version, and Bakshi's. It is interesting that both Bakshi and Jackson had to cut out substantial parts of Tolkien's work. Both will understandably be irritating to Tolkien purists, but if you'd like to check out Bakshi's version for yourself, it's right here.
For an irreverent overview of Bakshi's version, you may also wish to click here.
Bakshi's version seems to wear the late 70's pretty heavily. Do you think the same can be said about Peter Jackson's trilogy--that is, does it reflect the time and culture in which it was filmed?