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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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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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Trivia

On July 14th 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre, Portland, Oregon. Andrew Belling and Marie Karlin performed the song "Time Will Tell" from the movie. See more »

Goofs

After receiving the news about the assassinations of the heads of his neighboring states, Blackwolf declares that the successors will blame the deaths on people in their own ranks. But Blackwolf is the only ruler who still uses technology, and his assassins are armed with automatic rifles. Blackwolf will immediately be blamed. See more »

Quotes

Hawk: Hey, c'mon Lardbottom, get up. Blackwulf's callin'.
Lardbutt: I don't wanna go.
Hawk: Hey, when Blackwulf calls, we go.
Lardbutt: I don't wanna fight any more...
Hawk: Ya gotta!
Lardbutt: I don't wanna hurt things any more!
Hawk: Hey... you're so stupid...
Lardbutt: [jumps up] Listen, Hawk, I ain't stupid; Just listen! Y'know what I mean, trees, birds, butterflies? Everything's got a right to live! Y'know what I mean?
Hawk: Hey... hey... waitaminnit...
Lardbutt: Everything... everything's got a right to live... the butterflies... Why can't...
[...]
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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

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Soundtracks

Only Time Will Tell
Performed by Susan Anton
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User Reviews

The cream of the cult-crop
25 May 2004 | by txStargazerlillySee all my reviews

This cult/comic/anime movie ranks right up at the top of the list along with all the good ones - Heavy Metal, American Pop,etc. To the people who say the animation is no good and the story line is horrible I have two points to make: 1. Look at the year it was made. C'mon, trees were entertaining if you drank the right "Kool-Aid". and #2 - you don't like the animation and the story line, yet you can't wait for the new season of South Park to come on. This movie has all the necessary elements for any classic that stays in your heart long after you saw it. Unforgettable characters, one scene that reached out to you and you still can't get it out of your head, and that one catchy line that makes you smile every time you hear it. (For me it will always be "They killed Fritz!") This is a movie to enjoy over and over.


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