Wizards

Wizards

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Director: Ralph Bakshi

Cast: Ralph Bakshi

     
 

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In this animated futuristic tale, a pair of twins must fight for domination of what is left of the world, the good man using the powers of magic in an attempt to save the Earth, and the evil twin taking advantage of the horrors of technology that again threaten to destroy everything.  See more details below

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In this animated futuristic tale, a pair of twins must fight for domination of what is left of the world, the good man using the powers of magic in an attempt to save the Earth, and the evil twin taking advantage of the horrors of technology that again threaten to destroy everything.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
For a while in the 1970s, it looked as if animated movies might be entering a new era, one marked by a break with traditional (children's) subject matter, animation styles, and storytelling methods. Films such as Fritz the Cat, Allegro Non Troppo, and Heavy Traffic all challenged the Disney method, quite successfully. Wizards was part of this era, but it's a very mixed bag. The animation is in a different vein -- what might be termed a "multi-media" approach, employing the traditional cel-based process as well as extensive rotoscoping (though often in silhouette) and use of still sketches. It's an intriguing idea, but too sloppily executed to be successful. The story itself is convoluted and not particularly convincing; at times it seems as if director Ralph Bakshi didn't really have a story to tell, just an urge to put some images onscreen and move them through some exercises. However, there are some very nice isolated sequences, and the movie has a palpable sense of the period in which it was made. It somehow or other screams out "1977" in every frame, even though the design scheme is based upon both the distant past and the farflung future. Sometimes irritating, Wizards is of interest mostly to aficionados of animated film, who will find as many things to make them smile as to make them cringe.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2012
UPC:
0024543781899
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
13,272

Special Features

24-Page Collectible Book Packaging; Commentary by Director Ralph Bakshi; Ralph Bakshi: The Wizard of Animation; Still Gallery; TV Spot and Theatrical Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Sloane Fairy
Hyman Wien Priest
Christopher Tayback Peewhittle
Tina Bowman Prostitute
Peter Hobbs General
James Connell President
Steve Gravers Blackwolf
Angelo Grisanti Frog
Mark Hamill Sean
Bob Holt Avatar
David Proval Peace/Necron 99
Richard Romanus Weehawk
Susan Tyrrell Narrator/Various characters
Jesse Wells Elinor

Technical Credits
Ralph Bakshi Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Brenda Banks Animator
Andrew Belling Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted C. Bemiller Cinematographer
Donald W. Ernst Editor
Jack Hooper Cinematographer
Irven Spence Animator
Robert Taylor Animator
Art Vitello Animator

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Wizards 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when I was in High School, it was an instant classic. I particularly like the voice of the narrator. If you dig fantasy & annimation, you'll love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an amazing movie. It really captured 20th century history with the twist on fantasy & reality of Hitler's reighn. TOTALLY RECOMENDED!!!!