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Wizards (1977)

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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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Ralph Bakshi

Writer:

Ralph Bakshi
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Holt ... Avatar (voice)
Jesse Welles ... Elinore (voice)
Richard Romanus ... Weehawk (voice)
David Proval ... Peace (voice)
Jim Connell Jim Connell ... President (voice) (as James Connell)
Steve Gravers Steve Gravers ... Blackwolf (voice)
Barbara Sloane Barbara Sloane ... Fairy (voice)
Angelo Grisanti Angelo Grisanti ... Frog (voice)
Hyman Wien Hyman Wien ... Priest (voice)
Christopher Tayback Christopher Tayback ... Peewhittle (voice)
Mark Hamill ... Sean (voice) (as Mark Hamil)
Peter Hobbs ... General (voice)
Tina Romanus Tina Romanus ... Prostitute (voice) (as Tina Bowman)
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Storyline

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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An epic fantasy of peace and magic. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

War Wizards See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,000,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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.
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Peace: Peace wants love... wants ...
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On April 30th, 2005, as part of the Ralph Bakshi retrospective at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Bakshi's personal print of the film was shown, which was missing two pieces of narration:
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  • The character of Nekron 99's (AKA Peace's) narrated introduction was also missing from the print.
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Life on the streets, life in a fantasy world
9 April 2006 | by standardbearerSee all my reviews

I always was a big fan for Bakshi's works, i think there's no other cartoon director, who captured the smut of the streets this well. Most Bakshi movies are politically incorrect, dirty, violent, and sexual. But he does this in the most respectable way, he uses an observant, nearly scientific method, which makes him something like a visionary.

So you might understand now, why was i so confused when i sat down to watch this piece of fantasy fairytale... but when I stood up afterward, I was totally satisfied. No doubt, Bakshi's a real talent in every possible way.

Take a closer look. This feature takes place in a post apocalyptic world, thousands of years after the nuclear explosion, which erased most of mankind. The rest are turning into mutants, or, whom, who are more fortunate, and living at non-toxic areas, turning into fairies. The queen of fairies then once gives birth to magical twins. They were magical, no doubt, for one of them was a good, and Disney-like fairy, but the other was an evil mutant something.

No need to tell, they hate each-other. The evil one (Blackwolf) is banished from fairy-land, and decides to live with the mutants, build an army of them, and destroy everything that is good in this world. His only chance to win this war, is to use 'Technology' which is forbidden to use since the great explosion... But we all know, that in love or war, nothing is forbidden.

The good twin (Avatar), the princess of fairy-land, and a once evil, but now good android, makes the team that needs to stop Blackwolf, and save this world from evil.

Okay, this sounds really cheap:) And if i tell you even looks cheap in many scenes... you may wonder, why it deserves at least nine stars from me.

But it's still a Bakshi cartoon, so half of the characters got shot to death on the scene, and almost every female figurines have their breast out. The story even gets Nazis involved, which makes some scenes more than disturbing...

So its still a true Bakshi feature film, only the violence and sex is abit toned down. Still, its definitely NOT a children's film. And thats what makes this one so special. It took me back right to my childhood memories, with some nice additions, which are only understandable with a more mature mind. Definitely a CULT movie, once a big success to the studio, now an underground gem, best to watch it with friends. ... one more thing: the name 'Fritz' will burn into you your mind forever. Poor guy:)


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