Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
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…
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'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.
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 was both enthralled and appalled. I would never rewatch it. However I am not bummed to have seen it.
Mix of stock footage, animation, and rotoscoping. Poor animation and not memorable.
I'll probably never view it again, but it is worth a view. The animation is good quality, however omnipresent Elinore's nipples seemed to be. Seriously, Ralph, lay off the nips. We get you like tits, who doesn't? But there is a fine line between titillating and uncomfortably misogynistic and you crossed it after the fifteenth reminder of Elinore's lack of brassiere. The roto-scoped propaganda footage was a bold choice, but it felt WAY out of place in the tone of the film overall. Standard story brought up a notch by Bakshi's unique style and the wonderful voice cast. However, if there is anything iconic about the film, it is the design of the characters, especially Peace, who would make an ideal cosplay. Also, Richard Romanus is awesome in everything, including this!
Psychedelic fantasy cartoon aimed not for kids, but not quite for adults either, at least not in the mind I'm guessing. 1.2 million and still the animation is weak and the humor at times out of place. The "dream machines", aka, projected films from the old world of Hitler and his war (how exactly do film strips last millions of years?) are a "bold" addition. I'd revisit it within a year by my own account because there are certainly moments of innovation. However, playing this at a party where everyone is stoned and chilled would be the most ideal.
Good futuristic fantasy from the late '70s. I don't like the visual style of anime which is probably why I appreciate animated movies like Wizards, Heavy Metal, and Fantastic Planet because they have a nice psychedelic aesthetic. Be sure to get in the right state of mind first if you're bout dat life.
This animated film is a survey of 70s science fiction tropes and underground comics delivered in a rough experimental style which is not consistently good. It has its moments but it is not going to win director Ralph Bakshi any new converts. If you recall the dawn of the midnight movie with nostalgia, you may love this quirky fantasy but trust me it is rather slight.
Pretty lame and disappointing. Too adult for the young set and too childish for a discerning audience. I can see the film appealing to middle school kids who have only seen Disney and are looking for something "subversive". The film is hardly subversive, however, except in its aesthetic style and innovative animation which deserves all the accolades it has received.
The content, however, is exceptionally poor. The metaphors are cringingly obvious. The voice acting horribly cast. The characters are all irritating or unlikable. At best the film is awkward and at worst embarrassing.
Bakshi said he made the film in order to prove he could make a "family film" that had the same impact as his family films. Instead he continued to prove that he could create a cult favorite that appeals to a niche audience only. I don't begrudge fealty to the film but I can't find any common ground on which to join the faithful.
It's really not very good, but there's quite a bit of bizarre and memorable imagery.
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