ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – W – Wizards (1977) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“So, what are elves good for?” – Weehawk

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic world millennia after a nuclear war, two brothers rule their kingdoms with two very different ideals; one championing technology while the other magic.

My Take on it – This is a film that I only heard of recently when my friend Jason of The Palmer Files mentioned a few times on his podcast how much he enjoys this film and his musings about it got me quite curious to check it out.

It was the perfect choice for me to watch for this month’s theme for Darren’s Film Challenge.

Going in, I knew absolutely nothing about this film save the fact that it was created by Ralph Bakshi, who truly was an innovative animation creator and has given us some great films to savor for all time.

The film’s animation style and music is quite unique and that adds so much to the experience of watching this modern day fable about the push and pull between technology and nature (represented by magic).

The film uses lots of imagery to show how propaganda and imagery can affect people in a way that scares them to want to fight back.

Most of the characters in the film aren’t developed very well and they are mostly viewed in a very simple good vs evil perspective.

Yes, there are a few exceptions to this and those characters stand out among the rest.

The plot moves along at a great pace and stays interesting throughout even if the colors and imagery look very psychedelic (I wonder how someone stoned out of their mind would view this.)

Love the mixture here of sci-fi and fantasy elements and how they are able to bring them together to populate the same world because it adds so many layers to the story.

This is a film that truly needs to be studied and looked at in a minute way in order to fully appreciate it and I expect to watch it again in the future to get a better understanding of it all.

Tnx again to Jason for recommending this movie to me!


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Susan Tyrrell specifically requested to be uncredited for her role as the narrator, believing that performing in an animated film would be detrimental to her career. Ralph Bakshi claims that she approached him years later and revealed that the movie had actually been instrumental in securing her many subsequent roles and that she regretted her request. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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