In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(characters created by), (characters created by) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wizards (1977)
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Jesse Welles, Bob Holt, Richard Romanus
Heavy Metal (1981)
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Director: Gerald Potterton
Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry
American Pop (1981)
Animation | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland
Gandahar (1988)
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature.

Director: René Laloux
Stars: Glenn Close, Christopher Plummer, Pierre-Marie Escourrou
Heavy Traffic (1973)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Joseph Kaufmann, Beverly Hope Atkinson, Frank DeKova
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Julie must keep madman Tyler from immortality...

Directors: Michael Coldewey, Michel Lemire
Stars: Michael Ironside, Julie Strain, Billy Idol
Adventure | Animation | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set on the subterranean Mine-World, a band of human worker are treated like slaves under the power of the evil overlord Zygon until one, Orin, unearths the hilt of a mythical sword that ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hahn
Stars: Joe Colligan, Carmen Argenziano, Noelle North
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An outrageous, affectionate look at coming of age in the Eisenhower era in Brooklyn.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Richard Romanus, David Proval, Jesse Welles
Rock & Rule (1983)
Animation | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him.

Director: Clive A. Smith
Stars: Don Francks, Gregory Salata, Susan Roman
Coonskin (1975)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Barry White, Charles Gordone, Scatman Crothers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randy Norton ...
Cynthia Leake ...
...
Sean Hannon ...
Leo Gordon ...
Jarol
William Ostrander ...
Taro / Larn (voice)
Eileen O'Neill ...
Juliana
Elizabeth Lloyd Shaw ...
Roleil
Micky Morton ...
Otwa
Tamarah Park ...
Tutor
Big Yank ...
Monga
Greg Wayne Elam ...
Pako (as Greg Elam)
...
Subhuman (as James Bridges)
Shane Callan ...
Subhuman
Archie Hamilton ...
Subhuman
Edit

Storyline

In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who vows to avenge this act of destruction. The evil continues, however, as Nekron's palace of ice heads straight towards Fire Keep, the great fortress ruled by the good King Jarol. When Jarol's beautiful daughter, Teegra, is abducted by Nekron's sub-human ape-like creatures, Larn begins a daring search for her. What results is a tense battle between good and evil, surrounded by the mystical elements of the ancient past. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The end of mankind as we know it. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuego y hielo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(L-R)| (DVD version)| (DVD version)| (Dolby TrueHD 7.1)| (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Over a thousand background paintings were done for this film. Moreover, eight to ten paintings were done per day. See more »

Goofs

Darkwolf rescues Larn from Nekron's iceberg, then both head to Fire Keep. They proceed to convince Jarol to lend him the Dragonhawks so they can return to the glacier to rescue Teegra and kill Nekron. Why didn't they simply infiltrate the glacier while they were still there? After all, Larn got close enough to fire an arrow at Nekron. Darkwolf could have killed him there, instead of wasting time heading back to Fire Keep. See more »

Quotes

Taro: Well, what do we do then, Father?
Jarol: We wait.
Taro: For Nekron's new demands?
Jarol: For his siege!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Death Row (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Worth a spin in the DVD player
11 June 2004 | by (Cleveland) – See all my reviews

When I was a lot younger and 'traditional hand-drawn animation,' to quote Mr. Eisner, wasn't dead, I was a fan of Ralph Bakshi. Sort of the anti-Disney, Bakshi did counter-culture movies like Fritz the Cat (which Robert Crumb hated so much he subsequently killed off the character), Wizards (a midnight movie staple for years), and the unfortunately named Coonskin, which was nearly incomprehensible. Bakshi was a sort of cultural renegade, offering up in animation what no one else could – basically, he made animated films for adults – and following his own warped vision of how things should be. Probably his highest profile work was his 1978 version of Lord of the Rings, a movie I still enjoy to this day. Problem is, aside from Rings, none of Bakshi's films ever made any money, and an attempt to go commercial with 1981's American Pop fizzled (granted, it was an uneven film). Bakshi returned to the genre that he'd done the best with – swords and sorcery – for 1983's Fire and Ice. 70s megastar artist Frank Frazetta designed most of the characters and did a fair amount of pre-production art (some of which, in true Bakshi fashion, shows up in montages in the film). It was a teaming up of the greatest fantasy artist if the day and the only animator who could have brought his stuff to life with any accuracy. The film was scripted by Roy Thomas, famous for working on Marvel Comics' Conan series, and Gerry Conway, another comics writer. That's a lot of genre talent for a small animated film.

Fire and Ice is no classic. It probably marks the pinnacle of rotoscoping and is a beautifully rendered film. There's a scant excuse for a plot and the characters are wafer thin, but the joy of the film is in the design and animation. This one really is eye candy, and I don't know if any of those involved with its creation ever aimed higher than making an animated Frazetta painting. Certainly they achieved that in spades.

Fire and Ice is achingly simple in its set up. Evil Ice Lord Nekron (a Bakshi staple name, used previously in Wizards) uses his magic powers to crush his enemies with a rapidly moving glacier. He also has a bunch of orcs (call them what they are) at his command who wipe out anyone who dodges the ice. Next up on his deep freeze: Fire Keep, run by King Jerol, who controls the lava, etc. The story centers mostly around a young man named Larn, the stereotypical hottie boy with long hair who runs around in a loincloth. After his village is iced, Larn encounters Jerol's ample daughter, Teegra, a Frazetta gal if ever there were one; body by Pamela Anderson, wardrobe by Frederick's of Hollywood. Aside from the pretty pictures, this would have been a forgettable flick if not for the presence of Dark Wolf, a mysterious warrior who's part Batman, part Superman, and all bad-ass. Dark Wolf's fun to watch, and he elevates the movie into the realm of the watchable.

The dialogue is pretty bad and the story is cliché-ridden, but Fire and Ice is still fun in a dopey kind of way. Some of the elements could have made a decent fantasy pulp novel, and a lot of the designs are pretty neat. Bakshi made better films than this (Wizards, Rings) but he made worse, too (most of the rest of his stuff). I wouldn't recommend this for anyone other than Bakshi fans or animation die-hards, or someone who really likes the fantasy genre. But it's light, brainless fun, and in my mind deserves not to be forgotten to the dustbin of obscurity.

June 8, 2004


51 of 58 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Racist? mattslittlebrother
Where's the obligatory 'was Nekron gay' post? smh42906
Frazetta and us; a thread for artists. fallout2077
Blue Undergrounds Transfer viddywell_78
To those people looking for the DVD larsne
Is this the film I've been searching for? lupine_ragdoll
Discuss Fire and Ice (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?