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Ralph Bakshi - The King Of "Epic Fail".
, 10 April 2010
This review is from: Wizards [DVD] (DVD)
Say the words "Ralph Bakshi" to people of a certain age and they may shudder.
The veteran animator has a long list of credits to his name that many will recognise. Some are passable, some groundbreaking, some plain awful. Notably, he produced the animated "Lord Of The Rings" (rotoscoping and badly truncated script), "Fritz The Cat" (first X-Rated cartoon film), "Coonskin" (more controversy for obvious reasons), "Fire And Ice" (D&D pathos) and "Cool World" (Brad Pitt with bumfluff romances animated Kim Basinger in Film Noir ripoff). The problem? Many first-of-their-kind, yes, but many were also quite rubbish. How many Tolkein fans plonked "Rings" into their player and soon had their first Cluster Headache? His animated style took quite some getting used to, and for many people that was just too much, period.
So what of "Wizards"? More oddly jarring animation obviously, coming from Bakshi. Although the post-apocalypse story that has a technology-phobic future fraught with magic and oddity appeals to many, myself included thanks to my Love of anything post-nuclear. The cheesy 70's soundtrack and usage of reaccuring images is almost a breath of fresh air after being bombarded for so many years with CGI coldness and push-the-button perfection, but when compared to other animated features of this ilk like Rene Laloux's "Fantastic Planet" and Nelvana's "Rock n' Rule" it just seems so...amateurish, almost as if Bakshi rushed it through to capitalise on the sudden late 70's thirst for fantasy/sci-fi escapism. It's watchable, sure, which you can't say for "Rings", but you'll never be able to get the idea out of your head that you could be watching something far superiour.
To Hell with it, this is animation history still, and for those who have a true Love for 'toons and their myriad forms, you won't be able to resist it. I just don't think that Generation Spongebob Squarepants will care too much. In conclusion, could it be that Eureka are releasing this film on Region B for the first time due to the lead character's name being "Avatar?". Surely not!?! Still, if that's what it takes for interesting films to be released , so be it.
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