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.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.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.
Bakshi's "Wizards" is not meant to be a cinematic masterpiece, but it reflected the time of my generation: The children born under the tip of a planet-killing nuclear bomb. Where, as one post commented, we went to school and learned Duck-And-Cover, and air raid sirens were tested once-a-week, every week of the year. We grew up in a world where the idea of surviving to the year 2004 was shaky, at best. And, as bizarre and B-movie bad as Wizards may be, it spoke to that segment of society that realistically expected the world to end, and another to take its place. Wizards has a place in my heart because my third birthday was around the Cuban Missle Crises, and I grew up with the story of how my parents weren't sure if it was worth planning a birthday party that may never happen. Sure, the bombs are still around today. But the ever-present, daily angst of them falling from the sky doesn't exist like it did in the '60s and '70s and '80s.
One more thing: Give Bakshi his due! Sure, he had his fair share of lemons, but if it wasn't for "Fritz The Cat," and "Wizards" and his other attempts -- there'd likely be no "The Simpsons," "South Park," "Ren and Stimpy," "Family Guy," Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and more -- as we know them today. There may have been Warner Brothers' Bugs Bunny, and Rocky and Bullwinkle, but they were still basically defined as children's entertainment(thus, always shown on Saturday morning). Bakshi defined the niche of adult animation with his efforts to get cartoons to grow up. And, if I'm not mistaken, his success (however you want to measure it) helped spawn "Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home" -- the first adult animated TV show aired at night.
- Dec 27, 2004