Wizards (1977)

( l to r ) Necron 99, Avatar, Weehawk and Elinor from Ralph Bakshi's 1997 "Wizards"

I consider Wizards to be one of the great creations that was written, produced and directed by Ralph Bakshi. The balance of rotoscopic backgrounds and traditional animation makes this fantasy tale a fun to watch film that I can see again and again. The story takes place in a post apocalyptic world (as so many stories do) where after thousands of years pass, our world begins to repopulate itself with elves, wee folk and a whole host of mutated beings. Two brothers, Avatar and Blackwolf, are powerful wizards; Avatar follows the ways of good while Blackwolf follows the dark side of magic. The evil wizard uses technology to battle his brother, an avid follower of all things of nature. I consider this film a good breakaway for Bakshi from the adult-themed genre of films like Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic. The background loops noticed in the fight sequences aren’t as flat as those one might witness in a Scooby Doo cartoon-I actually applaud his usage of old film footage drawn over with mutant characteristics as a unique approach to save time on this production. Vibrant colors on matte backgrounds are very reminiscent of something one might notice in a Richard Corben comic. I would suggest this one over any of his other accomplishments, although American Pop would have to play a close second.

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2 Responses to “Wizards (1977)”

  1. I like reading through an article that can make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  2. Thanks for the comment wizard 101. I have taken a hiatus to work on a web comic but plan to get reviewing more films real soon.

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