Fire and Ice (1983)





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Filmed under the working title Sword and the Sorcery, Fire and Ice is one of the best of Ralph Bakshi's "mainstream" animated features. The story takes place after the destruction of the city of Fire Keep by the unspeakable Ice Lord. Despite the villain's efforts, several Subhumans manage to survive the apocalypse. They kidnap the Ice Lord's daughter Teegra, whereupon the bad guys' Dragonhawks swoop down to wreak all sorts of havoc. Coming to everyone's rescue is the enigmatic hero Darkwolf. The man responsible for most of Fire and Ice's vivid character and background design is the legendary Frank Frazetta, the film's co-producer and co-writer--not to mention the best friend the sword-and-sorcery genre ever had.
Action & Adventure , Animation , Cult Movies , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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William Ostrander
as Larn/Taro
Steve Sandor
as Darkwolf
Leo Gordon
as Jarol
Susan Tyrrell
as Juliana
Raymond Oliver
as subhuman
Clare Nono
as Tutor
Nathan Purdee
as subhuman
Le Tari
as subhuman
Big Yank
as Mongo
Holly Frazetta
as Subhuman Priestess
Alan Koss
as Envoy
Hans Howes
as Defender captain
James Bridges
as Subhuman
Shane Callan
as Subhuman
Archie Hamilton
as Subhuman
Michael Kelloff
as Subhuman
Dale Park
as Subhuman
Douglas Payton
as Subhuman
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Critic Reviews for Fire and Ice

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August 30, 2004
New York Times
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It fully conjures a universe that other movies had to infer with cheap sets and silly costumes.

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Audience Reviews for Fire and Ice

If you're a fan of sword and sorcery of the ilk Robert E. Howard or Edgar Rice Burroughs might churn up then this it what you've been waiting to see. Frank Frazetta had something to do with it, and so there's plenty of heaving busoms and rippling backsides as well as the standard swordplay that the genre thrives on. This version of that genre might be the absolute best on film period. Nothing else even comes close to capturing the ominous feel of it. Kudos to all involved, especially (surprise!) Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, co-helming the typewriting duties.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Haven't seen this for along time but really enjoyed seeing it again. Another brilliant Bakshi rotoscope animation which looks even better and more fluid than his famous Lord of the Rings film. The plot is basic and the whole thing plays out a little too quickly (1h 18min) but the direct and simple fairytale approach really seems to work well despite being silly. The look of the film is like LOTR in design and colour schemes, its vibrant in places, eerie in others and shows nice clear details throughout. It does feel like there could be much more to see in this world, you just wanna see it expand further with more creatures and adventures. As said the film is kinda limited and short, a sequel would of been just the ticket. Really this could easily be a chapter from the LOTR franchise with names like Fire Keep, Nekron, Darkwolf, Teegra, Larn etc...Bakshi's prior work obviously helped a lot here. His approach has been refined as has the animators skills and techniques. There is also a clear Conan feeling running through this too thanks to writers from Marvel, its pure 80's fantasy to a tee with great graphic novel visuals, a living comic way back before the likes of 'Sin City'. Again like LOTR the voice work is great and really makes the whole thing more than just a cartoon. The rotoscoping is much better and looks more realistic (quite eerie actually), the film is much more adult in style and action, plenty of blood and killing. A pre-runner to modern adaptations if you ask me, not at all for kids, more along the lines of 'The Beastmaster' perhaps. This is great fun and could really be a decent adult fantasy live action film if made correctly, but I stress ADULT only. Teegra must be running around in her skimpy thong and straddling a Pterodactyl if this is gonna work for live action. A real sense of many barbarian fantasy films from back in the day including a taste of He-Man, of course Conan is more evident over everything else. That doesn't detract from this what so ever, as an original creation Bakshi has done an amazing job to bring this together with much quality and style. A true cult classic that is probably Bakshi's finest hour in animation.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I think I've stated this before, but I'm not an enormous fan of Ralph Bakshi's work. I'm more fascinated than anything. I consider him the Stanley Kubrick of animated films. What I mean by that is the supposed freedom he had to make pretty much whatever he wanted containing whatever content he felt was necessary for it, AND that the studios supported it. So yeah, I find it fascinating. Fire and Ice is probably a bit more tame compared to films like Heavy Traffic and Coonskin. It's a fantasy film in the sort of same vein as The Lord of the Rings, even though it doesn't feel all that fresh or different. It's not a bad film, but it doesn't really bring much new to the table. It's not socially-conscious, it contains mostly the same animated techniques as his other films and it feels stale story-wise. Having said all that, it still works. The backgrounds are beautifully-drawn, the voice acting is quite excellent and the designs are pretty well-executed. I dig it, I must say. It's definitely not for everyone, but then again, Ralph Bakshi's work never is.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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