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Wizards -- To turn the tide of battle the evil wizard Blackwolf unleashes WWII Nazi propaganda footage, sending his enemies into a panic.
Wizards -- Avatar describes the long-standing feud between elves and fairies.
Wizards -- Blackwolf's mutant war machine attacks the good, magic folk of a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Wizards -- Necron 99 roams the land killing the believers of magic.

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Director:
Writer:
Ralph Bakshi (written by)
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Release Date:
9 February 1977 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The ultimate futuristic fantastic epic See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fun watching for adults, yet Consistently Inconsistent. See more (97 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Holt ... Avatar (voice)
Jesse Welles ... Elinore (voice)

Richard Romanus ... Weehawk (voice)

David Proval ... 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)

Mark Hamill ... Sean (voice) (as Mark Hamil)
Peter Hobbs ... General (voice)
Tina Romanus ... Prostitute (voice) (as Tina Bowman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Susan Anton ... Princess Elinore / The Balladeer (singing voice) (uncredited)

Ralph Bakshi ... Fritz / Storm Trooper (voice) (uncredited)
Victoria Bakshi ... Fairy Girl (voice) (uncredited)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Viktor Lutze ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Susan Tyrrell ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Bakshi 
 
Writing credits
Ralph Bakshi (written by)

Produced by
Ralph Bakshi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Andrew Belling 
 
Film Editing by
Donald W. Ernst 
 
Production Management
Steven Hahn .... production manager
Bill Orcutt .... animation production manager (as William Orcutt)
 
Art Department
Michael G. Ploog .... illustrator: histories (as Mike Ploog)
 
Sound Department
Eileen Horta .... supervising sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted C. Bemiller .... animation camera
 
Animation Department
Mary J. Adams .... final checker
Enrique Alpizar .... cel reproductions
Brenda Banks .... animator
Sandy Benenati .... ink and paint artist
Alice Cowing .... final checker
Louise Cuarto .... ink and paint artist
Janet Cummings .... color modeler
Diane Dunning .... ink and paint artist
Tasia Erickson .... animation effects (as Tasia Williams)
Dotti Foell .... animation checker
Edgar Gutierrez .... cel reproductions
Stod Herbert .... assistant animator
Charlotte Huffine .... assistant animator
David Jonas .... background artist
Alison Leopold .... ink and paint artist (as Alison A. Victory)
Ian Miller .... background artist
Ian Miller .... background designer
Nelda Ridley .... final checker
Ben Shenkman .... assistant animator
John Sparey .... layout artist
Irven Spence .... animator
Irven Spence .... sequence animator
Martin Strudler .... background artist
Martin Strudler .... background supervisor
Martin Taras .... animator (as Martin B. Taras)
Robert Taylor .... animator
Ira Turek .... background artist
Katherine Victor .... final checker (as Kathrin Leichliter)
John Vita .... background artist (as Johnnie Vita)
Art Vitello .... animator (as Arthur Vitello)
Manon Washburn .... ink and paint artist
Micki Zurcher .... ink and paint artist (as Michele Zurcher)
Cosmo Anzilotti .... animator (uncredited)
Toby Bluth .... visual development artist (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Andrew Belling .... musical director
Don Perry .... music supervisor
Susan Anton .... singing voice: Jesse Welles (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leah Bernstein .... assistant to producer
Scott Citron .... production coordinator
John Kaufman .... production coordinator
Jose Kfuri .... production coordinator
Howard Miller .... titles
Christine Wirt .... production coordinator
 

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Runtime:
Argentina:82 min | USA:80 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 (original version) | New Zealand:PG (DVD) | New Zealand:M (original rating) | Peru:14 | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (1986) (video rating) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Avatar says, "I searched for my brother in vain," but then says that Blackwolf settled in the land of Scortch. If Avatar knew that, then his search was not in vain at all.See more »
Quotes:
Avatar:[to Weehawk] You know, the world owes you much, kid. Even if we don't take another step.See more »
Soundtrack:
Only Time Will TellSee more »

FAQ

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Fun watching for adults, yet Consistently Inconsistent., 19 June 2010
Author: Michael A. Martinez (aylmer666@juno.com) from Los Angeles, CA

I first watched this film at the tender age of 9 and even then found it awfully sloppy and crude by animation or narrative standards. Bakshi claims that this movie is aimed at kids, and while I have to admit it's a lot more kid-friendly than something like COONSKIN or HEAVY TRAFFIC, there ain't a lot here for kids to like.

Truly, this film doesn't hold up too well with a lot of unsuccessful blending of animation with rotoscoped footage, which, to be honest is more often just processed film than it is truly "rotoscoped", which would imply actual work went into it. The final battle scene is actually pretty hard to tell what in the Hades is going on with so many reused cells and ugly roto'd stock footage. I'm happy to see that his techniques in this area blended together much more beautifully in his next 3-4 films, the high point of which would be FIRE AND ICE.

Too much of the script feels awfully first drafty. For instance the villains of the piece don't really seem to have much motivation for their desire to destroy the world beyond just the usual "oh, they're evil" mentality. Similarly, none of the heroes are likable or even the slightest bit interesting aside from the criminally underused Peace, the red uniform wearing android from the cover.

However, I have to hand it to Bakshi for making up for his lack of resources with a lot of heart and a lot of love in rampant abundance. The most successful portions of this film are the side-vignettes showcasing the ridiculous villains. The scenes in "Skortch" are wonderfully gloomy and campy, complemented quite well by Andrew Belling's excellent (though at times quite dated) score. A lot of the vignettes are quite funny, though the success and amount of humor follows with the rest of the film's elements as being quite inconsistent.

WIZARDS is a film with a lot of little things in it to appreciate even though the film as a whole is disjointed, cruddy, and rather tedious. I can say though that I'm glad I own it and watch it once every few years just because at the very least it's a great mood piece and has a much more personal & creative feel to it than most more recent animated features.

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