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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 am not into fantasy and this is not the one going to change it.
Bakshi must have had access to some of the best drugs on the planet.
Part of our new movie night series "52 Flick up (and watch a movie)" coming soon. We had a great time with this one. I can't even tell you how many times I've seen this film, but I love seeing others opinions and reactions to this film while they watch it for the first time. It's one of my favorite animated films that I've seen, and just a favorite film that I can't seem to get tired of. There's a lot to appreciate about the talent and beautiful artwork, music, messages. Give it a watch, we'll have the movie night on YouTube soon so you can join us!
Bakshi's first fantasy film is tired and dated, relying on archetypes that were old at the time and clumsy, heavy-handed tactics to make a patronising "war is bad" point. The use of Nazi stock footage and imagery is insulting dumb even for a film apparently aimed at children. It's not quite as dull and formulaic as Fire and Ice but it's not particularly good either.
A friend who hasn't seen this film was curious. I like this one a lot, every time!
When I experienced Heavy Traffic a couple years ago, I got all jazzed up about Ralph Bakshi and ran out to see some of this other films. Some pleased me, but overall I found I was not very excited by the rest.
If style were everything, they'd all be pretty decent. Bakshi's sense of style is a good one. But story really is king, and often times the stories in his films are just lukewarm. The story in Wizards is not bad, but it's not executed in a way that is gripping. The way he integrated the Nazi element was interesting and (dare I say...) fun. But why does every female character have to be barely dressed, with her nipples…
WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST WATCH!?. Holy hell is this movie weird. Wizards, Nazis, apocalyptic future, it's like "Adventure Time" for the 70s.
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).
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