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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!
This review may contain 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.
Madonna quanta droga.
A beguiling, at times incoherent, fantasy.
This is some trippy shit. I liked it, mostly for that drug-fueled imagery... and drug-fueled everything, actually. This kind of thing could only be made in the '70s.
Animated sci-fi/fantasy directed by Ralph Bakshi, about two wizards -- one good, one evil -- battling for supremacy on a post-apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants, fairies and elves. In other words, weird sh*t. But that's Bakshi all over. Haha. Nicely animated but the story wasn't terribly interesting (and the constant WWII/Nazi imagery used on the bad guys seemed a little out of place). Probably would've had a better impact if I'd seen it on the big screen in '77 after smoking a couple of phatties.
Useless trivia, a pre-"Star Wars" Mark Hamill has a small voice part.
"Wizards" is a mess of a movie. It's tonally awkward, a mixed bag of animation, and lacks in anything that could be defined as subtlety. But I still kinda enjoy it, and always have. It captures the vibe of a particular breed of a particular era's forays into Fantasy. Very 70s, very post-Tolkien/post-Hippie. It's worth checking out for animation fans. But it should be remembered that Disney, for all their lack of quality and direction at the time, still dominated animation, and what was produced elsewhere was typically of a lower technical level.
This one is weird, to start is as 70's as it can be, and is kind of childish and dirty at the same time.
At times it feels like is trying to tell a type of story instead of telling a story, and the pace can become a bit too slow at moments and the way it shows women is kind of creepy, like really.
Nonetheless the movie is fun in how visually loud it is, and in how interesting the animation is, combining different styles and showing us a lot of worlds match together into one, a lot of times in contradictory fashion but it works.
It seemed a bit too simple or one dimensional at times, but it…
I don't know where to begin with the film.
Crudely drawn, shockingly adult, yet remarkably juvenile, WIZARDS seems to be a movie completely out of step with all cinema of its time. Ralph Bashki's ode to the powers of good and evil must have landed like a dull thud on audiences at the time. As a teenage I would have loved it. As an adult I can clearly see the flaws.
Heavy handed in the worst possible way, Bashki's use of Nazi propaganda, including Hitler in newsreel footage and a prolific use of swaztikas throughout is so overt that it feels like you are being struck by a hammer. This is all intertwined with a heavy dose of sexuality, always…
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…
Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
The title says it all