Directed, Written & Produced by Ralph Bakshi
Narrated by Susan Tyrrell
Starring Bob Holt, Jesses Welles, Richard Romanus,
David Proval, Steve Gravers
Running time 80 minutes
Released February 1977
Since its Thursday I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and do a throw back today! Wizards, one of my favorite animation films of the late 70s, was also the first "adult oriented" animation i ever watched and needless to say I was hooked! The story is a basic good against evil, brother against brother story, add some fairies, mutants, dwarves, storm-troopers, and a robot on a mission to kill and you are just beginning to see the possibilities of this very dark apocalyptic tale. Its a grand scale Fantasy/Science Fiction film, that I give thanks for!
The film is such an incredible work of art, drawn in that sexy trendy style that is so Bakshi, bright vibrant colors, amazing music, and characters you can really get behind. Wizards may be animated but it is most definitely not your Saturday morning cartoon. The story is oppressively dark at times although Bakshi does a fantastic job lightening things with irreverent humor, and sarcasm. The film splices in old archival footage of WWII Nazi Propaganda including bits of speeches given by Hitler, the stark grainy black and white propaganda films are tied into the story incredibly well through the approaching 2nd holocaust at the hands of the wizard Blackwolf aka Fuhrer of Scortch. Avatar, Blackwolfs brother, finds that it has fallen to him and his ragtag band of cohorts to stop the impending doom lest we suffer another nuclear war.