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Fire and Ice (Ice Baby)
on 26 December 2010
Until stumbling across this 1983 animated movie, the only time I'd heard of Ralph Bakshi was as the maker of the late 70s animated version of Lord of the Rings - at the time this was all we LOTR fans had in terms of a visual adaptation of the classic fantasy trilogy and consequently Bakshi became something of a hero to a generation of adolescent boys.
Fire and Ice is obviously very limited in terms of what can be produced with 2010 technology, however it's arguably still pretty impressive for something produced almost thirty years ago. The background reminded me of those old He-Man and Battle of the Planets cartoons; one-dimensional drawings and stock images, however Bakshi somehow manages to create quite an atmospheric backdrop for his admittedly cliched characters to pirouette across.
Borrowing heavily from the likes of Star Wars, LOTR, Flash Gordon et al, the story itself is pretty risible, however there is a certain something about this movie that makes it a fun watch as a one-off. A previous reviewer mentioned the Freudian undertones and there is certainly quite a range of suggestive images throughout, although one could feasibly watch the film unaware of these. My 6 year old daughter saw the case and wanted to watch it, however I would personally baulk at letting a kid see the movie as there are a couple of gory moments and a fascinating but potentially disturbing scene that could have been lifted directly from Macbeth.