Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards (1977)

ralph bakshi wizards

This week, Jared and Clint go it solo as we discuss 1977’s psychedelic animated flick Wizards!

Directed by 70s animation guru Ralph Bakshi, Wizards launches you into a classic tale of post-apocalyptic good vs. evil: the diminutive Avatar (voiced by a guy doing a hell of a Peter Falk impression) against his evil brother Bloodwolf for the fate of a bombed-out planet. Throw in a busty fairy and some rotoscoped footage from other live action films to pad out the war scenes, and you’ve got a stew going.

It’s messy, unfinished, and full of unironic Nazi propaganda footage, but it’s definitely a sight to behold. Check out our episode, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK:

wizards cocktail

DRINKING RULES FOR WIZARDS:

  1. Any time the film cuts to concept art montages complete with a bored narrator
  2. Every time you see rotoscoped footage from live-action films
  3. Whenever action scenes are set to groovy 60s Scooby-Doo tracks

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Avatar (doing a passable Columbo impression) actually says, “Oh, and just one more thing…”

Join us next week as we suit up with Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken in the classic John Carpenter film Escape from New York!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

One thought on “Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards (1977)

  1. Tieflings are a D&D race that are humanoids that have demonic influence in their ancestry. Gelflings are from The Dark Crystal, an elf-like race from the planet Thra. I’ve been listening to Alcohollywood since episode 1 and this is the first EGREGIOUS error that made me feel the need to comment. Nerds.

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