Friday, December 21, 2007
Bakshi Review: Fire and Ice (1983)
Plot: The evil Queen Juliana and her son, the sorcerer Nekron, sends forth their glaciers and force humanity to retreat southward. As a way to coerce surrender, Queen Juliana captures the Lord of the Firekeeps daughter Teegra. Now Larn, a survivor of the glaciers, and the warrior Darkwolf must rescue her and stop Juliana.
Virtues: This is the film that has the best use of rotoscope of all of Bakshi's films. They try for more emotion. It makes for better performance and stronger characters. There is fantastic background, based on Frank Frazetta's fantastic work. It suggests a real prehistoric world. The characters also look like they've come out of a Frazetta painting. The story also adds to that feeling seeing as how it was written by legendary comic book scribes Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. Also, Teegra was HOT! (Hey, I'm an 18 year old guy)
Vices: The film doesn't seem to have the same energy or personality as Bakshi's other films. I know I complain about his films' lack of story structure, but Will Finn mentioned to me about how it was just Bakshi's attempt to get rugged personality into his films. There wasn't as much as that in here. Also, rotoscope is nothing compared to that beautiful full animation used in his earlier films like Hey Good Lookin', Heavy Traffic, and Coonskin.
Best Scene: The battle scenes. Those grotesque monsters were way cool.
Final Grade: 7.0 out of 10
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