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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.
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!
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.
Animated Ralph Bakshi fantasy/sci-fi flick that has some interesting design ideas but which just isn’t all that interesting. The animation itself is also often clunky and jerky.
I tried this once before, about twenty years ago. Couldn't get halfway through. I figure, it's hung on to a reputation of sorts, let's give it another shot with more mature eyes.
Maturity is not something you bring to a movie like this. Perhaps my best shot at enjoying this would've been halfway between my two attempts, when I was deep into my stoner days and was closest aligned with the hazy, airbrushed-on-a-van thing it's going for, and I would've been best prepared to appreciate that its token girl is a Frazettaian nymph with erect nipples poking through a sling bikini.
This is one of those cases where the ambition far outstrips the skill and/or resources on display, a rock…
strange and not easy to follow
I don't get it.
Day 45 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 7: Fantasy
"We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality." - Iris Murdoch
Ralph Bakshi seemingly has a reputation for edgy, controversial and rather adult animated films. Between Fritz the Cat and Coonskin Bakshi will almost never lose this appraisal but with Wizards, we lose the urban controversy for a fantasy romp that, though never less than mature, is a much more palatable cult classic.
Thousands of years after the Earth has been destroyed by nuclear war, peace pervades the land. With very few humans left, elves, dwarves and fairies have taken up residence in the idyllic…
- some of the animation, as always, is phenomenal.
- and Necron 99, or Peace, is a great little character
It’s not just in the 21st century that post-apocalyptic films were all the rage. Back in 1977, cult animator and filmmaker Ralph Bakshi wrote and directed this fantasy thriller. It was a departure for the American whose previous efforts included Fritz The Cat, Heavy Traffic and Coonskin, all of which were firmly based in his familiar urban milieu. That Wizards was a fantasy film with fairies, elves, monsters and of course wizards came as surprise to many but it was to become his genre of choice with a version of The Lord of The Rings coming in the following year.
Wizards is the story of an earth where a nuclear disaster has wiped out mankind and only after thousands of…
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.
Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
I decided not to clog this with Disney and Pixar. I imagine you see those whether you plan to or…