Wizards is a 1977 animated science fiction film by Ralph Bakshi. It takes place in what is basically a Standard Fantasy Setting, except it's actually Earth way, way, waaaaay After the End. It tells the story of a war between an army of nuclear mutants and a coalition of humans and various fantasy races - each group led by one of the two titular Wizards, the brothers Blackwolf (the evil one) and Avatar (the good one).Notable for featuring the early work of Mark Hamill.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Avatar is a very strong wizard, but regards the threat of his brother, the deaths of untold elves and the destruction of the entire world with an attitude that states he really just doesn't care anymore.
Combat Pragmatist: Rather than wasting time with an argument or an epic duel, Avatar (who, oddly, had made it clear earlier that he Doesn't Like Guns) simply shoots the Big Bad as soon as he gets the opportunity.
He actually says "no matter what happens, I will die anyway" shortly before doing this. He was heartbroken by Elinore's betrayal, and lost faith in his own philosophy. That is, until AFTER the shooting... Anyway, you have to watch the film very carefully.
Covert Pervert: Given Elinore's outfit, it's hardly surprising what Avatar says when she sits down on his bed in front of him, asking what the plan is.
Death by Cameo: Continuing a running gag in Bakshi's work, he appears voicing a minor character, Fritz, who is almost immediately killed.
Disney Death: Played With in the infamous "They Killed Fritz" scene; when a soldier named Max thinks his pal Fritz is dead, he goes utterly ballistic over it—until Fritz gets up and calms him down, revealing it was just a scratch. Agitated by this, Max starts complaining about him, and then unintentionally shoots him, this time really killing him—and prompting Max to go nuts on the enemy yet again.
Does Not Like Shoes: Avatar and Elinore both go barefoot throughout the movie; even when they end up on a glacier during a blizzard, Avatar conjures up a cloak for the nearly-naked Elinore, but still no shoes for either of them!
Lost Aesop: Most people assume, probably due to the introduction at the beginning of the film, that the moral is Science Is Bad. According to the commentary, it's actually a statement about propaganda.
In fact, the good guys have no problems using technology (namely, guns) when they have to.
Mood Whiplash: One moment we're laughing at the antics of the two priests, and the next we see that their carrying on has caused the demons to kill their prisoners and blow up the church.
My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Blackwolf's rhetoric about fighting to assert mutant superiority is somewhat belied by the implication that he will kill his own child when it turns out to be a mutant.
Putting on the Reich: Blackwolf's regime rapidly turns into Nazi Germany IN A FANTASY SETTING!, complete with swastika banners, German uniforms, German weaponry, panzers, planes, and old propaganda films of Hitler. Blackwolf's official title is "fuhrer", and he calls the mutants "leaders of tomorrow" and the "Master Race." At the end, the narrator even states that "Hitler was dead again."
Ragnarok Proofing: One of the most ridiculously egregious examples in film history. Old artifacts of civilization still exist three million years after the end of the world, including functioning film projectors with intact, watchable movies.
Rock Beats Laser: Averted. When the last few heroic survivors of the free nations get together an army and launch a desperate final strike against the enemy, knowing that they are the last hope to save the world...they are almost completely slaughtered by artillery, planes, tanks, and machine guns. If not for Avatar shooting Blackwolf, they would have been exterminated to a man.
In an earlier scene, it was established they got access to guns and were actually putting up a great fight. They only started to lose because Blackwolf activated the film-projector.
Rotoscoping: In several scenes, particularly the climactic battle scene, footage from other (live-action) films is used, but painted over to create a Chiaroscuro effect. In some cases fantastic flourishes such as horns or glowing eyes were added.
Schizo Tech: Medieval and automatic weapons are used, on both sides, no less.
Simpleton Voice: Necron 99 doesn't really sound as menacing as his reputation makes him out to be.
Stripperiffic: The outfit worn by Elinore◊ is ridiculously so, complete with clearly-visible nipples. Lampshaded at least once by a line of dialogue from Avatar.
What Happened to the Mouse?: We never found out what became of Blackwolf's wife and son. They are shown escaping from Scortch after she prevents Weehawk from killing Elinore, whom he believe is a traitor, but are never shown again.