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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

An Epic Fantasy in a World of Peace and Magic See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was heavily influenced by the work of underground comix legend Vaughn Bode; most notably, Necron 99 is a dead ringer for Vaughn's post-apocalyptic character Cobalt 60. See more »

Goofs

The swastika in Blackwolf's chamber bends to the left, which is of Hindu origin, a ward against evil. Nazi swastikas bend to the right. See more »

Quotes

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.
Peace: ...no pain...
Avatar: ...And you'll be screaming for mercy in the first five seconds.
Peace: Peace wants love... wants ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

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:
  • Susan Tyrrell does not read the opening shot's storybook title in her narration voice-over. In this print, the film's narration starts with "The world blew up in a thousand atomic fireballs...," in the next shot.
  • The character of Nekron 99's (AKA Peace's) narrated introduction was also missing from the print.
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Connections

Referenced in American Asshole (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Only Time Will Tell
Performed by Susan Anton
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User Reviews

One of the best animated films from the 70's.
28 January 1999 | by Critic-25See all my reviews

This film was Bakshi's test-run, of sorts, for his upcoming version of 'Lord of the Rings'. Supposedly he originally wanted to make a fantasy based on the Holocaust, but settled for a more traditional fantasy. The story deals with wizards and elves in the distant future who dig up long-forgotten Nazi propaganda films and old war machinery, which are used by evil creatures to try and conquer the good creatures. The demons and evil creatures are obviously symbols of Nazis while the elves (with one being the voice of a young Mark Hamill) representing the Jews. It's almost disturbing at times watching old WWII war movie footage with German soldiers fighting alongside animated demons against psychedelic-colored backgrounds. The film is worth viewing for the still-drawings alone that appear throughout the film, with excellent artwork by Michael Ploog. The animation doesn't strive for realism (why bother, since Rotoscoping is so heavily used) but captures the dynamic motion depicted in comic book art. Very good. Highly recommended.


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