Average Rating: 5.6/10
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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. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi
Jan 1, 1977 Wide
May 25, 2004
Eureka Entertainment Ltd - Official Site
James R. Connell
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Mr. Bakshi's allegory is fairly obvious from the outset, but he and his animators are convincingly professional. They have devised a melange of animation and live footage that gives their feature mystical, slightly scary and, occasionally, comic tones.
Bakshi's filmmaking is sloppy and slapdash at times, to be sure, but it is also uncompromising.
The story is kind of a mess, but Wizards goes beyond your standard sword and sorcery tale into some heavy surrealism.
Story and characters leave much to be desired, but there's something wonderful about this refreshingly gritty, innovative animated feature.
Its status as a low-budget cult film seems secure. I just don't think it's as good a film as it might have been with more restrained storytelling or art design.
If some elements do date the film, there nevertheless is an artisan's touch to Bakshi's images that warrant his inclusion in any discussion of cinema's great visionaries.
while having so little money may, paradoxically, have liberated Bakshi from studio interference, this freedom allows him to indulge in ideas that are, metaphorically and otherwise, away with the fairies.
Wizards may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is an audacious refreshment that deserves appreciation and respect nonetheless
A cartoon classic of its time that hasn't aged well.
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