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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Elinore (voice)
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Weehawk (voice)
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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)
Tina Romanus ...
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 song played on the German propaganda film is the Nazi Party anthem, "Die Fahne Hoch" ("Raise the Banner"). It was written by an early party member, Horst Wessel. The song is popularly known as "The Horst Wessel Song". 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 companions] I'll be right down, Heroes!
Avatar: [leading Peace by a rope] Allright, creep, Now before I untie you, I wanna tell you a couple of things, and I want you to listen, and listen carefully. This has been the biggest bummer of a trip I've ever been on; but if you let me down, or you hurt my friends, especially the broad, I got stuff planned for you that'll take twenty years to kill ya.
Peace: ...no pain...
Avatar: ...And you'll be screaming for mercy in the first five seconds.
Peace: Peace wants love... wants ...
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Only Time Will Tell
Performed by Susan Anton
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One of the best animated films from the 70's.
28 January 1999 | by (Bermuda) – See all my reviews

This film was Bakshi's test-run, of sorts, for his upcoming version of 'Lord of the Rings'. Supposedly he originally wanted to make a fantasy based on the Holocaust, but settled for a more traditional fantasy. The story deals with wizards and elves in the distant future who dig up long-forgotten Nazi propaganda films and old war machinery, which are used by evil creatures to try and conquer the good creatures. The demons and evil creatures are obviously symbols of Nazis while the elves (with one being the voice of a young Mark Hamill) representing the Jews. It's almost disturbing at times watching old WWII war movie footage with German soldiers fighting alongside animated demons against psychedelic-colored backgrounds. The film is worth viewing for the still-drawings alone that appear throughout the film, with excellent artwork by Michael Ploog. The animation doesn't strive for realism (why bother, since Rotoscoping is so heavily used) but captures the dynamic motion depicted in comic book art. Very good. Highly recommended.


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