Fire And Ice [DVD]
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This animated tale of good versus evil set in the future, brings together two powerful enemies in a bid to destroy each other and possibly the whole world. The world is undergoing vast changes as an ice age threatens to engulf the planet. But the moving glaciers are not a natural phenomenon, they are the weapon and home of the evil Ice Lord, Nekron and his horde of sub-humans.
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There are some interesting detours into little scenes that add depth or intrigue to the world, like the short part with the witch in the cottage and her ogre-ish manservant who it turns out she is somewhat emotionally attached to. There's an implication that the fire king, effectively the leader of the last humans in this world, is willing to sacrifice his son to get his daughter back. When his son dies, he really just shrugs. A heirarchy within the "dogs of Nekron" is implied, and they seem to have their own animalistic language. Just little touches that bring some much needed depth or detail to the story.
Perhaps the most interesting thing is the setting. On one hand, it's extremely simple (fire land, ice land, like an old 16-bit platformer) but there's an interesting atmosphere brought on by the fact this is really a post-apocalyptic setting more than a fantasy one (I know they're not mutually exclusive, but this really is 95% post-apocalyptic, 5% fantasy). The enemies seem more like mutated humans than orcs or goblins. Nekron is inducing an ice age across the world and there's just one holdout for humanity left. The natural low-techness of the fantasy setting feels equally at home in an post-apocalyptic world.
In summary, this is sometimes bland, never particularly amazing, yet enjoyable and atmospheric all the same.
Sadly, all the rest is pretty much junk. We have a worst-than-useless princess, a blonde haired pigtailed male hero and some mysterious animal pelt wearing guy, all without an iota of personality between them. The enemies they face are so stupid you never feel like anyones ever in danger, and the main baddie is more of a laugh than a serious adversary in his. overwrought behaviour. And as much as I like a fine female form jiggling around in scant apparel, there's a little too much of that here for my comfort levels. Still, at least horny females viewers will get more than equal coverage in our many loinclothed male warriors on display. If you like that sort of thing.
So yea, a bit of a mess, and not worth bothering with if you ask me. And, you should. 4/10
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