Whilst I know Peter Jackson's interest in LOTR did come partially from him watching Ralph Bakshi, I found this interview with Bakshi and thought it might help:
And of course it could be really ironic if someone said something like, "In the spirit of Lord of the Rings" considering you did the first one.
I'll send it to them! Are you kidding? I'm not going to let that one
slide. "In the spirit of Lord of the Rings, I want to do Wizards II."
I'll use it.
[I've been asked] to finish Rings in animation. I really don't want
That was one of the questions I wanted to ask.
I know that. Everyone wants to ask that question. Why should you be
Because we're all curious. We love Lord of the Rings the books, we liked your Lord of the Rings, we liked the Peter Jackson one.
The picture was just done. I don't want to do a picture that's been
done. He's finished it! It's no fun doing something that's been done.
It's just no fun for me. Why would I want to spend three or five years
working doing something that someone else did?
If I got the same money he had, I could grind him into the ground with
mine, but the point is, why bother? Everyone knows that anyhow.
I'm definitely a fan of your version of Lord of the Rings, as well as the Peter Jackson one.
[My version] had more character, more soul, more heart. Less sneaker
We thought it was pretty obvious at several points in the Peter Jackson version that they did take a couple of riffs from you.
Uh huh. They took everything from me. The ring wraiths were taken from me. There was a lot! I mean, I designed the ring wraiths.
Now, I know Peter Jackson said he also saw your films, and obviously it was some degree of an influence. I mean, how do you take that?
Oh, some degree of an influence! Holy shit! Some degree of an
influence! What are you talking about?
Hey, I can be diplomatic either way, see? [laughs]
Let me ask you a question. You're a bright lad in Montreal, right?
Some degree of an influence. Look. I'm sitting here with a book called
Lord of the Rings, and no film to look at. Every fucking thing you're
looking at in Rings I—the design, Gimli, Aragon, the dwarfs, the
elves, all that stuff—I came up with, basically because there was
nothing to look at. Peter Jackson looked at it and said, I like that,
I don't like that, I can improve on that. Who are you kidding? Look at
his Lothlorien. Look at my backgrounds of Lothlorien. Take a look! He
had much more to see than I did, and if you don't think he lifted it
over and over again, you're wrong. I mean, how did he design a knife
in Lord of the Rings? How did he design a sword? How did he design the
dwarf with his axe? How did he design the fur around him? Why did
Peter Jackson put fur around the dwarf? Because I put fur around the
dwarf! Why would the dwarf have fur naturally? You see, I could give
you a billion little things. I wish I had a movie to look at. That's
fine for Peter [Jackson]. But for you to say "somewhat"—shit. Shit,
Well, you know, I've gotta be diplomatic. I've got to be honest—
What? Why? Why do you gotta be diplomatic?
Because I haven't seen your Lord of the Rings in a bout a decade. So my memory's not as good as it could be.
Then go see it! Go see it. How about under the tree, under the limb,
when the wraith on the road is trying to find Frodo, Sam, and the guys
were hiding under the bush, under the tree, under the limb on the
road, and it was on top? Where did that come from?
See, you answered my next question, which was going to be, how did you feel about that? [laughs]
How did you feel about that? You're the guy trying to be diplomatic,
I'm not. How did you feel about that? I'm interested in how you felt.
Well, like I said, I hadn't seen yours in a while, so I didn't have as good a memory as to how much it was. But there were some things
that I saw—
Aren't you curious? Why didn't you take a look to see the
shot-for-shot cuts and background for background?
Oh, I'm plenty curious. Unfortunately, I don't get that much sleep as it is. [laughs]
Well, let's take a look. You slap it in, you roll down there at high
speed, and there it is. But you don't want to do that, because you'd
be facing something you don't want to see, and you wouldn't know how
to write about it, and then Peter Jackson will get mad about you, and
you can't afford that and he's a hot director. You'd best forget about
the whole thing and hide.
Well, we all know I talk to Peter Jackson every week. [laughs]
Did Peter Jackson ever actually contact you at any point?
He can kiss my fucking ass. No he hasn't. He didn't have to contact
me. He had my movie. Why would he contact me? He robbed me to begin
with. What right did he have to make the Rings?
It does happen on occasion. I don't know all the details behind it, so I had to ask to find out.
Ask me another question.
So we won't be seeing you and Peter Jackson in a bar laughing it up anytime soon.
You won't see me and my first wife, either. There are certain people
you don't want to go near, right?