On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his fairy folk comrades fight an evil wizard who’s using technology in his bid for conquest.
Palestine native Ralph Bakshi was raised in a rough-and-tumble section of Brooklyn. A talented artist virtually from the time he could read and write, Bakshi was eighteen years old when he was hired as an opaquer at the Terrytoons animation studio. Recently purchased by the CBS television network, Terrytoons was going through a period of reorganization and restructuring, thus the time was ripe for a young man full of fresh ideas to make an impression. By his early 20s, Bakshi was directing episodes of the Terrytoons TVer Deputy Dawg and the theatrical series James Hound; he also worked on the popular cartoons Hekyll and Jekyll and Mighty Mouse. Ordered by CBS to put together a “superhero” TV cartoon series in 1965, Bakshi, now in charge of Terrytoons, demonstrated his disdain for this assignment by coming up with some of the most ridiculous, least prepossessing superguys in history: Tornado Man, Cuckooman, Ropeman, Strongman, and Diaper Baby. Incredibly, CBS loved it, and thus was born… read more
This film needs more praise. Mixed media bank overdraw with face-kicking Brooklyn attitude locking your melted brain into a magic duel with fantasy tropes in heat, all wetly grinding the loosest color pallete (un)imaginable. Rotoscoped Eisenstein battlescene stock footage? So tastee. Bakshi, his balls, and his patience for the manic make me proud.
Family film this is not, it's too dark of a story for children and I can't understand why it was given a PG rating. It's clearly animation for adults, kids would think it scary. Bakshi's animation was clearly ahead of its time but now it just looks dated, but I did enjoy certain aspects of it. Cool story and even though its only 80 minutes long, it could have been shorter.
Ralph Bakshi, director of the iconic FRITZ THE CAT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS, created this animated oddity in 1977, the first animated film by 20th Century Fox. An allegorical epic about war between two wizard brothers for control of a post-apocalyptic Earth populated by elves and fairies, WIZARDS is an occasionally compelling psychedelic curiosity that is both beautiful and fatally unfocused.