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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.
This is one of those animated films with such a unique story and just fascinating artwork. If you are a fan of the Science Fiction and Non-fiction genre, than this film is a must.
I might be done with Ralph Bakshi movies. This is what you're going to do, man? Rip off Vaughn Bode, and not even do a good job of it?
Skip this movie. Read Vaughn Bode comics. Your life will be much better off.
The rather crude animation and bizarre use of Nazi propaganda film get in the way of Bakshi's more imaginative ideas and humor.
Visueel indrukwekkende animatie met een nogal grove lijn. Komt af en toe verouderd over. Het verhaal is wel oké, ik denk dat ik hem een paar jaar eerder had moeten zien om hem echt te smaken.
I only take prescription drugs, so the appeal of this is lost on me.
Wizards is a dark animated fantasy in the far-flung future involving the epic struggle of two wizards. Made by animator Ralph Bakshi (of Mighty Mouse and Fritz the Cat fame), the movie was released in 1977. It soon became staple of midnight movies showings. In fact, I first saw it at a midnight movie showing.
Millions of years after an atomic war has wiped out most of the human population, the world is repopulated with elves, fairies, mutants and demons. The elves and fairies live in the light, radiation-free places; the mutants and demons live in the dark, radiation infested places. Two wizards are born into this world: polar opposites, one wizard, Avatar, is good and pure, the other, Blackwolf,…
Once again a movie that doesn't target any age group, slightly inappropriate for kids, not intricate enough for adults. Story line and script were a bit week. Animation at times was brilliant and at other points not that strong. For me this is almost like a concept film where the director was trying out many ideas and mixing them all together in a soup. Interesting but just missed the mark.
Sure, AMERICAN POP is great, but to me this is the Ralph Bakshi film par excellence. Wonderfully bizarre with memorable characters and a pretty wacked-out premise. Visually, it's one of Bakshi's strongest, and you also get a taste of Bakshi's wierd & jarring rotoscoping/posterization effect without being overwhelmed by it like in LORD OF THE RINGS. Bakshi's film legacy is bizarre but lovable, and I feel that this film distills his essence most perfectly.
I think someone spilled bong water on some of the backgrounds.
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