Wizards

Directed By: Ralph Bakshi

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Wizards is a thought-provoking, kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes that will enthrall animation fans and film lovers of all ages.

Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, this fantasy adventure follows the story of Avatar, the kindly, eccentric sorcerer-ruler of Montagar, a rainbow paradise inhabited by elves and fairies. Avatar's evil brother, Blackwolf, dominates Scortch, a bleak land of goblins and wraiths. When the power-hungry Blackwolf attacks Montagar, Avatar, accompanied only by a spirited young woman and a courageous elf, must enter the darkness of Scortch to save his world.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40239845
UPC 024543120261
UPC 14 00024543120261
Format DVD
Release Date 5/25/2004
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Animation
Big Battles
Epic
Fantasy
Good Vs. Evil
Swords & Sorcery
Theatrical Release
Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
Note This uniquely 1970s blend of swords, sorcery, science fiction, kung-fu, fascism, and nuclear holocaust was director Ralph Bakshi's first venture into fantasy after his grim urban epics STREETFIGHT and HEAVY TRAFFIC. In a postapocalyptic 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 (Bob Holt, sounding like Peter Falk) must save the world from a band of fascist mutants controlled by his evil twin brother, Blackwolf (Steve Gravers), 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 a sexually promiscuous fairy queen (Jesse Wells), a hot-blooded warrior elf (Mark Hamill, fresh from his role in STAR WARS) and Peace (David Proval), a misunderstood robot rebelling against his Blackwolf-controlled programming. A bizarre and psychedelic meditation on magic vs. technology, this cult film still finds an audience on college campuses and will prove quite rewarding to viewers in the right frame of mind.
Plot Summary
Summary Ralph Bakshi's animated futuristic fantasy depicts a battle between magic and technology as a kindhearted old sorcerer named Avatar embarks on a perilous quest into darkness to save the world from his evil brother's black magic.
Reviews
New York Times "...A fable, but one that is as contemporary as Hitler..." 04/21/1977 p.C22
Premiere "WIZARDS fills the screen with as much sci-fi fantasia as one could ask for." 07/01/2004 p.116
Directors
Ralph Bakshi
Actors
Name Bakshi,Ralph
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Cast & Crew
Andrew Belling - Original Music By
Angelo Grisanti - Actor
Bob Holt - Actor
Donald W. Ernst - Editor
Jim Connell - Actor
Mark Hamill - Actor
Peter Hobbs - Actor
Ralph Bakshi - Screenplay
Ralph Bakshi - Producer
Ralph Bakshi - Director
Steve Gravers - Actor
Ted C. Bemiller - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
Catalog ID 2222026
UPC 00024543120261
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 80 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Features
DVD, Animation
Product Attributes
Actor Bakshi,Ralph
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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