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Fire and Ice
     

Fire and Ice

Director: Ralph Bakshi, Susan Tyrrell, Maggie Roswell, William Ostrander

Cast: Ralph Bakshi, Susan Tyrrell, Maggie Roswell, William Ostrander

 

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Ralph Bakshi's last stab at epic fantasy takes place shortly after the Ice Age. The evil queen Juliana (voice of Eileen O'Reill) plots to conquer the world and raises her son Nekron (Sean Hannon) as a master of sorcery and arcane mental powers. Together the two conquer the Ice Kingdom, and from their stronghold Nekron commands massive glaciers to destroy everything

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Ralph Bakshi's last stab at epic fantasy takes place shortly after the Ice Age. The evil queen Juliana (voice of Eileen O'Reill) plots to conquer the world and raises her son Nekron (Sean Hannon) as a master of sorcery and arcane mental powers. Together the two conquer the Ice Kingdom, and from their stronghold Nekron commands massive glaciers to destroy everything between them and their ultimate goal: Fire Keep, ruled by the wise and powerful King Jarol Leo Gordon. Nekron's latest advance destroys a Northern village, leaving Larn (Randy Norton) the sole survivor, bent on revenge; it also exhausts Nekron, who resorts to sending emissaries to coerce Jarol into surrendering. When words fail, they resort to kidnapping Jarol's daughter Teegra (Cynthia Leake), who escapes and accidentally hooks up with Larn. Aided by the mysterious masked warrior Darkwolf (Steve Sandor), they attempt to return to Fire Keep and mobilize their warriors to bring the fight to Nekron. ~ Emru Townsend

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Although known for his adult, urban-themed animated films like Heavy Traffic, Coonskin, and American Pop, Ralph Bakshi also had a soft spot for fantasy -- the most famous (or perhaps infamous) example being the 1978 Lord of the Rings. Five years after attempting to take on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, Bakshi tackled a more conventional sword-and-sorcery tale in the bare-chested, monosyllabic vein of Conan the Barbarian. Teamed up with veteran comics writers Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas and prodigious fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, Bakshi should have made Fire and Ice into a sweeping, imaginative epic; instead, you get the feeling that this has all been done before. The trouble is, it has been. From the moment Larn and his people set up barriers against an unknown menace, you know his village will be decimated and that he'll go on a quest for revenge. You also know that as soon as he spots Princess Teegra in her barely-there outfit, he'll be doing a whole lot of rescuing until the inevitable fade-out with the two of them embracing. Despite its clichés, it's not hard to see why Fire and Ice remains a cult favorite; the story structure is solid, and never feels sluggish. And despite Bakshi's typical use of rotoscoping -- tracing over film footage of live actors -- Frazetta's designs and Bakshi's direction occasionally provide some genuinely involving imagery.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
UPC:
0827058700290
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Blue Underground
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
24,256

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Ralph Bakshi; ; The Making of Fire and Ice; Bakshi of Frazetta; Sean Hannon's Diary Notes; Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Tyrrell Juliana
Maggie Roswell Teegra
William Ostrander Taro
Stephen Mendel Nekron
Clare Nono Tutor
Alan Koss Envoy
Hans Howes Defender captain
Raymond Oliver subhuman
Nathan Purdee subhuman
Le Tari subhuman
James Bridges Voice Only
Leo Gordon Jarol
Cynthia Leake Voice Only
Mickey Morton Otwa
Randy Norton Voice Only
Big Yank Mongo
Elizabeth Lloyd Shaw Roleil
Steve Sandor Darkwolf
Greg Wayne Elam Pako

Technical Credits
Ralph Bakshi Director,Producer
Gerry Conway Screenwriter
Frank Frazetta Producer
Francis Grumman Cinematographer
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
William Kraft Score Composer
Gregg Landaker Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Angela Morley Musical Arrangement
Richard St. Johns Executive Producer
Roy Thomas Screenwriter
Bill Varney Sound/Sound Designer

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