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(1977)

Trivia

In East Elfland, the elves have arranged themselves for trench warfare. Blackwolf overwhelms them with a Blitzkrieg. This is a direct parallel to the Battle of the Low Countries in 1940.
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The horse-like animals had two feet instead of four because it was easier and cheaper to animate.
The line "They killed Fritz! They killed Fritz!" is a reference to Robert Crumb killing off Fritz the Cat in his underground comic book series. Ralph Bakshi directed the film adaptation of Fritz the Cat (1972). Bakshi is quoted as saying, "I named the character Fritz in "Wizards," just so I could scream 'They killed Fritz!' To kill such a cat would make Don Marcus commit suicide."
No pencil tests were done on the film because of its low budget. The drawings went straight to the final product.
Some of the shadow-warrior footage was taken from Zulu (1964), El Cid (1961), Patton (1970), Battle of the Bulge (1965), and especially Alexander Nevsky (1938).
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The "religious" articles in the temple include pinball machines, a Coca-Cola sign, a catcher's mitt, an Oscar statuette, a jukebox, and a gold front grill from a Rolls Royce.
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Just before the battle of East Elfland, a map is shown of the Wizards world. Scortch is apparently in the location of Lebanon, while Avatar's land of Montagar is in Germany.
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The original title, "War Wizards," was changed to avoid confusion with another 20th Century Fox release, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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The two priests in the temple are seated in front of a curtain decorated with the symbol of the CBS network.
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George Lucas recommended Mark Hamill to Ralph Bakshi for the voice of Sean. Lucas was very excited to see the film, and was a big fan of Bakshi.
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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".
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Mark Hamill also auditioned for the voice of Weehawk.
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Susan Tyrrell specifically requested to be uncredited for her role as the narrator, believing that performing in an animated film would be detrimental to her career. Ralph Bakshi claims that she approached him years later and revealed that the movie had actually been instrumental in securing her many subsequent roles and that she regretted her request.
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44 minutes into the film, when Weehawk falls into a chasm but urges Avatar to go on, Avatar appears to mutter a spell: "Morrow crinkle frizetta." This is a reference to fantasy illustrators Gray Morrow, Frank Frazetta and Frank's best friend, Roy Krekel.
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The Battle of East Elfland is a textbook example of a set-piece battle and a Blitzkrieg.
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Bob Holt modeled Avatar's voice after Peter Falk.
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The pistol that Avatar uses against Blackwolf is a Pistole Parabellum 1908, commonly known as a Luger.
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Avatar's mount is wearing socks, although he himself remains barefoot throughout the entire movie.
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Fritz and one of Blackwolf's other soldiers is voiced by Ralph Bakshi.
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Susan Tyrrell also narrated one of the American theatrical trailers for this film.
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Ian Miller was flown in from England to do the illustrated backgrounds of Scortch in the film.
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Princess Elinore was named after Ralph Bakshi's first girlfriend.
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Ralph Bakshi did storyboards for every last shot in this movie.
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Brenda Banks did all the animation of Blackwolf's goons.
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An uncredited Ralph Bakshi provided the voices of 3 different characters in the film: Fritz, Lardbottom and a Stormtrooper.
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The film made $9,000,000 at the Box Office.
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Due to the dark imagery from the shadow-animation, this movie is a favorite for Midnight Movie shows around the world, whose primary market are teenagers.
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Alfie tells Pubital not to worry, and describes past engagements with Blackwolf which have always ended in victory. Actually, in warfare, when it doesn't seem possible to lose, that is when you must worry the most.
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Just before Larry the lizard leaves Blackwolf's chamber, the corpse he has been devouring turns around and reveals a tattooed Star of David on it.
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When the film was first released in New Zealand, it was given the M rating, due to the film's animated violence, profanity and sexual content. But, when the film was released on DVD in New Zealand in 2011, it was re-rated PG. The film was given the PG rating in England and in America.
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Larry the Lizard was influenced by the character of Gollum from JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Ralph Bakshi adapted The Lord of the Rings into an animated film in 1978.
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The two-legged horse-like creature rode by Necron 99/Peace (as seen on the film's poster) inspired the Tauntauns in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Although Peace is not the lead character and dies 60 minutes into the film. Peace and his camel are the only characters from the film that are featured on the poster of the movie.
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Since the film's release, Ralph Bakshi had wanted to make a sequel "Wizards 2" and that the plot would focus on Avatar and Elinore's relationship, which doesn't work out because Weehawk gets in the way. But due to production difficulties and other projects, the sequel never happened.
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Considering the fact that both Blackwolf and Avatar are described as polar opposites of the same power that gave them birth, it is physically impossible for one to live without the other. That means that Blackwolf's power was passed on to his son after his death.
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