On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.

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Peace (voice)
Jim Connell ...
President (voice) (as James Connell)
Steve Gravers ...
Blackwolf (voice)
Barbara Sloane ...
Fairy (voice)
Angelo Grisanti ...
Frog (voice)
Hyman Wien ...
Priest (voice)
Christopher Tayback ...
Peewhittle (voice)
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Sean (voice) (as Mark Hamil)
Peter Hobbs ...
General (voice)
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Prostitute (voice) (as Tina Bowman)
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In a post apocalyptic future that appears as a blend of World War II Europe and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, a pint-size wizard named Avatar must save the world from a band of fascist mutants controlled by his evil twin brother, Blackwolf, who likes to confuse enemy armies by projecting films of Adolf Hitler speeches during attacks. Painted live-action footage of advancing Nazi armies contrasts with Saturday-morning-cartoon-style animation of fairies and elves as Avatar travels through various magical and radioactive realms on his quest. Aiding him are the beautiful Fairy princess Elinore, hot-blooded warrior elf Weehawk, and Peace, a misunderstood robot rebelling against his Blackwolf-controlled programming. A bizarre and psychedelic meditation on magic vs. technology, this ultimate futuristic fantastic epic cult film still finds an audience on college campuses and will prove quite rewarding to viewers in the right frame of mind. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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9 February 1977 (USA)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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The film made $9,000,000 at the Box Office. See more »

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Just before Avatar's party sets off toward Scortch, the narrator tells us that Elinore visits her village to "say goodbye to her father," etc. But her father--the president--is already dead (to wit, murdered by the robot assassin), as Elinore herself tells us moments later. Actually, this is not a goof. In the illustration accompanying this narration, Elinore is shown kneeling in front of her father's tomb in prayer. This is what was meant by "saying goodbye to her father." See more »

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Avatar: [to Weehawk] You know, the world owes you much, kid. Even if we don't take another step.
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Featured in Wizards: Ralph Bakshi - The Wizard of Animation (2004) See more »

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Only Time Will Tell
Performed by Susan Anton
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Flawed, but interesting, likable, and certainly worth watching.
20 March 2004 | by (Coral Springs, FL) – See all my reviews

I really like this movie, and it's hard to explain why as it's obviously full of flaws (overuse of narration, cheesy '70s soundtrack, some corny lines, awkward pacing, and repeated use of the same images/clips), but I think it's incredibly well-drawn (yes, the characters are very cartoonish, but they all have personality, and the backgrounds are simply gorgeous), and I found the character of Avatar so interesting and likable. The almighty Good wizard is laid back, unpretentious, good-natured, and seems unusually real for an animated character. The excellent atmosphere and strong central character are enough to make this a good movie. It just has this rough-around-the-edges charm to it that's hard to explain. Bakshi doesn't seem to have been striving for a masterpiece with this movie, so it's hard to call it a failure.

I certainly wouldn't call this an "animated masterpiece" or anything of the sort, but it is interesting, and even lovable. And not in a "guilty pleasure" way either.


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