I remember studying this poem and school and not even managing to get halfway through it as it was very long and narration heavy. Luckily, the brilliant combination of Wells' masterful oration, Dore's stark artwork juxtaposed with Jordan's whimsical animation style and soundtrack produce a film that left me pleasantly uncomfortable and on the edge of my seat, filled with awe. Certainly made the poem more enjoyable.
My first exposure to this beautiful poem and I couldn't have asked for a better rendition. Orson Welles does a great job narrating and the music that accomanies the Gustave Dore's engravings, fits wonderfully. Larry Jordan's animation was sparse and unobtrusive, which is a pity becuase I enjoy his style and would have liked to have seen more animation than just colour changes, resulting in a very pretty slideshow.