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An epic fantasy of peace and magic.
An ambiguous battle between good and evil wages in a post-apocalyptic earth populated by netherworld creatures who have re-emerged after the nuclear winter. Two wizard twin brothers - the evil Blackwolf and the good Avatar - battle for supremacy. The war turns in Blackwolf's favor when he discovers the methods of warfare used by the ill-fated humans of the past.
Turns out a 15 year break from Ralph Bakshi gave me no further insight to his work, nor did my opinion of his work change in any way: I can appreciate it, but I don't actually like it.
Wizards is a mixed bag of of animation styles, characterizations, storylines, and odd soundtrack choices, all of which reeks of bad 70's dirt weed. The upside to cramming so much into your film is that some of it is bound to work.
By and large the movie looks great. The heroes tend to be really cartoon-y, but I'm willing to give that a pass for how cool the rest of it looks. I realize that the rotoscoping and stills and watercolor backgrounds…
I've seen this movie multiple times and I still don't really know what it's about - I assume wizards, and there are some fairies, but also Nazis somehow, and...boobs? I like putting it on in the background when I'm doing other things, the animation and the soundtrack are great, and that for me is enough to gain my affections.
Man, if any movie ever needed a video game adaptation, it would be this. You could either play on the side of magic or technology. The race choices would be elf, fairy, human, frogman, mutant, and hellspawn, and the classes would be wizard, warrior, assassin, and techno. That would be a kickass game.
If you can look past all the Nazi references and the weird “Science is bad, magic is the best” message then you will have a reasonable blast with this film. I personally subscribe to the theory of swords>guns, so I had no problem just going with it. I am also giving this film an extra half star for marking the first time in my life that I have ever jacked off to a cartoon fairy.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I'm too old for this sort of thing. Just wake me up when the planet's destroyed.."
Wizards is a strange film. It feels like it's supposed be a futuristic fantasy, like Lord Of The Rings; but ultimately ends up being more about Nazis, magic, technology, and demonic creatures. It's also filled with technicolors and trippy scenery, which could be considered both a good or a bad thing - I like to believe doing drugs may help the viewer understand the film as a whole more. On a positive note, the animation [especially for 1977] is fucking great!
like I said, Wizards takes place in the [post apocalyptic] future, where a wizard named Avatar must save the world from a band…
Podéis decir que es rancia, infantiloide, trasnochada, que el término "animación adulta" le viene grande, que es una amorfa mezcla de géneros, pero Gimme Bakshi or Gimme Death!!!
Ojalá a Pixar le creciesen los c*jones necesarios para hacer una cosa de estas.
Less ambitious than Bakshi's other movies I've seen in a lot of ways - the story is classical fantasy-quest type stuff for the most part (albeit with a whole bunch of swastikas thrown in), and the animation is a less abstract, flatter, and more TV-like. But it works for me, and there are a ton of cool visual ideas and, despite the more family-oriented tone, lots of Bakshi-style satire and commentary.
Was definitely not expecting the final showdown between the titular wizards to go that way.
I'm surprised to see this doesn't have more praise on here. I know this has a cult following but it deserves far more than what it has. This film juxtaposes some things we have rarely seen together, and others that we have never seen together.
In a post-apocalyptic world where natural selection causes things to become like that of fantasy stories, an evil wizard uses Nazi propaganda footage to inspire his goblins and run his society. We not only get the bizarre mix of recent iconography (Nazism) with Tolkein-style fantasy, we get mixed media art. Actual footage of the nazis being viewed by fantasy creatures drawn with traditional animation, animation over live action film, and other creative pairing.
The look of the film is often quite dark and morbid but does so while remaining beautiful colorful, another great pairing that we rarely see. It's beautiful from beginning to end.
Ralph Bakshi's animated sword-and-sorcery tale is a long way from his best work, marred by cut-rate techniques and a shapeless screenplay. The visual design, drawn largely from the proto-fascist comic-book art of Frank Frazetta, is much too complicated for the tiny budget; the compromises that result range from the grotesque to the unconscionable (1977).
Ralph Bakshi. If you haven’t heard his name before then the chances are that you’re not a fan of Fritz The Cat or The Lord Of The Rings (both movies that he directed). I’ve yet to see the former movie but the latter film is one I have revisited a number of times, including right here at this festival, and I also managed to see the interesting, though hugely flawed, Cool World for the first time recently. Despite being rude and crude, there’s always something to Bakshi’s work that makes it worth at least one viewing.
Wizards is a tale of magic and machinery and war and death and more. It focuses on two brothers, the good Avatar (Bob Holt)…
There's no way I can claim this to be good. But Bakshi's character designs and style are just really endearing to me. There's some biting commentary in here, but overall it isn't a compelling enough story and it is assembled in such a weird and dated way.
One of my favorite animated films. Hand drawn, interesting characters and the dynamic between them. Some cool themes and points made. Love revisiting this one, at least once a year.
Weird and disjointed, but also imaginative and kind of fascinating.
This is probably Bakshi's most original film in terms of production design. It was his first entry into fantasy and you can tell he really put the effort in, the backgrounds are something to behold and the characters are unique. The background story at the start of the film is that the world has been destroyed by nuclear war and a long time since humans have died off or mutated magic returns to the world bringing with it all sorts of creatures... Now doesn't that sound familiar?
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