Wizards

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Ralph Bakshi
Production: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
63%
PG
Year:
1977
80 min
Website
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[Woman Narrating]

The world blew up

in a thousand atomic fireballs.

The first blast was set off

by five terrorists.

It took two million years...

for some of the radioactive clouds

to allow some sun in.

By then, only a handful

of humans survived.

The rest of humanity had

changed into hideous mutants.

These mutant species

floundered in the bad areas...

radioactive lands that never allowed

them to become human again...

and made each birth a new disaster.

Then, in the good lands...

they came back,

arising from their long sleep...

fairies, elves, dwarves--

the true ancestors of man.

They lived happily in the good areas.

It was a big day in Montagar.

Delia, queen of the fairies...

was presiding over the feast of plenty...

celebrating 3,000 years of peace.

In the midst of the celebration...

Delia felt a pull from the skies.

She looked up

and saw dark clouds...

forming on the horizon in every direction.

She fell into a trance

and left the party...

heading for her home on a high hill.

At first, the fairies were puzzled.

But then they too felt

a force drawing them to follow.

Delia was alone inside.

The storm grew until

it was a raging cyclone...

hovering over the dwelling.

One of the older fairies

ventured inside the house.

There lay Delia on her bed...

holding a pair of twins in her arms.

The older fairy instantly knew that...

these were not ordinary twins,

but magical wizards.

The baby wizards were

polarized like magnets...

one attracting with a magnetic draw...

the other repelling

and impossible to get near.

A vatar, the kind and good wizard...

spent much of his boyhood...

entertaining his mother

with beautiful visions.

Blackwolf, the mutant wizard...

would never visit his mother...

and spent his time

torturing small animals.

More years passed,

and Delia continued to slip.

Finally, all life drained out of her...

andA vatar held her hand

trying desperately to use

his magic to restore her.

He cradled her in his arms and wept.

when Blackwolffound that

his mother had died, he was excited...

for now he felt he would take over

her leadership and rule the land.

when A vatar confronted

Blackwolf, he was enraged.

They began a furious battle.

Each using his magic, they continued...

until they had nearly destroyed each other.

But A vatar's magic was stronger...

because he had the emotional loss

of his mother that drove him on.

Blackwolfwas defeated.

"The day will come, my brother,

when I will return...

and make this a planet

where mutants rule. "

Blackwolfheaded off,

leaving A vatar very disturbed.

The ti me has come.

Ki I l!

[ Laughi ng ]

wel l, hello, handsome.

- [ Boing-ing ]

- Hello, honey.

He is called Necron 99.

He is one of Blackwolf's assassins.

He travels the land destroying

the believers of magic.

[ Chains Clinking ]

[ Horse Neighing ]

[ Man Reading ] "My children,

the only true technology is nature.

"All the other forms

of manmade technology...

"are perversions.

"The ancient dictators used technology...

to enslave the masses."

- [ Gunshot ]

- [ Birds Squawking ]

[Door Opens ]

[ Sniffing Air]

[ Chittering ]

- weehawk, can't we stay here for tonight?.

- No.

Just for a few hours' rest.

- I sense something.

- But the road is clear.

we haven't seen an assassin for days.

A clever assassin stays hidden.

Avatar must be warned.

Our mission is nearly over, westwind...

but now it's time for one final run.

[ Nickers ]

[ Neighs ]

- [ Neighing ]

- [Pursuing Hoofbeats ]

[ Shrieking Neighs ]

[Squawking]

[ Grunting ]

[ Pained Neighing ]

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Ralph Bakshi

Ralph Bakshi (born October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and live-action films. In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions. Between 1972 and 2015, he directed ten theatrically released feature films, six of which he wrote. He has been involved in numerous television projects as director, writer, producer and animator. Beginning his career at the Terrytoons television cartoon studio as a cel polisher, Bakshi was eventually promoted to animator, and then director. He moved to the animation division of Paramount Pictures in 1967 and started his own studio, Bakshi Productions, in 1968. Through producer Steve Krantz, Bakshi made his debut feature film, Fritz the Cat, released in 1972. It was the first animated film to receive an X rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, and the most successful independent animated feature of all time. Over the next eleven years, Bakshi directed seven additional animated features. He is well known for such films as Wizards (1977), The Lord of the Rings (1978), American Pop (1981) and Fire and Ice (1983). In 1987, Bakshi returned to television work, producing the series Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, which ran for two years. After a nine-year hiatus from feature films, he directed Cool World (1992), which was largely rewritten during production and received poor reviews. Bakshi returned to television with the live-action film Cool and the Crazy (1994) and the anthology series Spicy City (1997). During the 2000s, he focused largely on fine art and painting and in 2003 co-founded The Bakshi School of Animation with his son Eddie and Jess Gorell. Bakshi has received several awards for his work, including the 1980 Golden Gryphon for The Lord of the Rings at the Giffoni Film Festival, the 1988 Annie Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Art of Animation, and the 2003 Maverick Tribute Award at the Cinequest Film Festival. more…

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