Classic Film Review: Wizards (1977)

So I just finished watching an animated movie entitled Wizards…

Wizards tells the tale of twin brothers named Avatar and Blackwater. When the evil Blackwater looks to take over the world, his army initially fails him. However, he eventually uses old Nazi war footage and black magic to bolster the resolve and technological might of his army. With a great war looming near, Avatar, Queen Elanor, an Elf named Weehawk, and an assassin formerly known as Necron 99, travel to the land of Scorch to stop Blackwolf once and for all.

What a great movie. A stylish, fun, and intelligent animated adventure movie.

Good script, good characters and performances, great animation, fantastic score (All set to 70s prog and funk music, the action scenes are all greatly enhanced), interesting themes, etc.

This film’s animation is what stole the show here. The beautiful still frames with the amazingly read narration helped set the tone of this movie so well. The use of shadows and shaded footage of war was impactful and helped accentuate the horrors of the war between Avatar and Blackwolf’s armies.

However, I did find some of the Nazi imagery used in this movie to be a tad too on the nose. Some of it was subtle and I really liked it when it was used in that manner, but when Blackwolf is sitting on a throne overtop a swastika, and Hitler speeches are blaring out of people’s mouths, it gets to be a bit much.

Overall, this is an absolute gem of a film. Dark, stylish, and well made, this is one of the best animated films of the 70s. If you’re looking for more adult oriented animated features, this is one you should most definitely check out. Highly recommended.

9 out of 10

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