Ralph Bakshi, an American director of animated films including THE LORD OF THE RINGS (1978) and HEY GOOD LOOKIN (1982). The first time I experienced a film by Bakshi was when I watched his animated film titled Fitz The Cat was in the Netflix queue. Not only was I surprised by the intensely adult themes; cats and crows smoking dope, and the abundant sexual activity–it was an amazingly entertaining film. If it is still on Netflix, check it out!
Even more amazing, Bakshi’s Wizards, Fox’s first-ever animated film, is coming to Blu-ray March 2012.
Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, this fantasy adventure follows the story of Avatar, the kindly, eccentric sorcerer-ruler of Montagar, a rainbow paradise inhabited by elves and fairies. Avatar’s evil brother, Blackwolf, dominates Scortch, a bleak land of goblins and wraiths. When the power-hungry Blackwolf attacks Montagar, Avatar, accompanied only by a spirited young woman and a courageous elf, must enter the darkness of Scortch to save his world.
What is Wizards you might ask? It is a fantasy film teeming with elves, dragons, and fairies as they navigate the rising influence of a sorcerer by the name of Blackwolf, who is trying to disturb the peaceful people of the world. The wizard Avatar, Blackwolf’s twin brother, is out to stop him before he destroys everyone and everything in the world which they live.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the “epic fantasy of peace and magic” stars the voice talent of Mark Hamill (Star Wars Saga). The special edition Blu-ray and Book release is a must-have for fans and collectors, featuring 24-pages of fantastic artwork from the film, some of the artwork never-before-seen, and a special message from Bakshi!