YMMV / Wizards


  • Complete Monster: Blackwolf is an Evil Sorcerer who fancies himself to be the next Adolf Hitler. Millions of years after the world is devastated by a nuclear war, Blackwolf and his brother Avatar are born in the kingdom of Montagar. After their mother dies, Blackwolf is overjoyed, seeing this as his chance to seize power. Avatar defeats Blackwolf in battle and banishes him. Blackwolf moves to the kingdom of Scortch, a radioactive wasteland filled with mutants and takes over. Blackwolf sends out assassins to search the land and kill anyone who practices magic. Blackwolf also assassinates all the leaders of the free states so he can be a better position to strike. Blackwolf's mutant army is at first undisciplined and unmotivated and does not win battles. However, Blackwolf eventually finds a projector and some old Nazi propaganda films, which he uses to inspire his troops and bring fear and confusion to his enemies, so now Blackwolf's troops often slaughter the opposing side. Blackwolf's troops seize a village and end up killing all the prisoners they captured, as well as blowing up a church. Blackwolf claims mutants are a Master Race and wants to fight for their interests, but when he discovers his unborn son will be a mutant, he plans on killing him.
  • Ear Worm: The jazz-rock used in the battle scenes.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The film shows how impractical peace, love and pacifism is when you're invaded by people who don't agree with you.
    • Alternately, the film acts as a defense of World War II; even if peace is a good thing, sometimes you have to fight to maintain it when literal Nazis invade you.
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  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: As Ralph points out in the commentary, one of the messages of the film is that if Democracy lets its guard down, Fascism will be waiting just around the corner to rear its ugly head and take over, hence why Blackwolf frequently uses Nazi propaganda.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Despite the copious amounts of violence and the well-endowed Eleanor is what looks like a Vegas showgirl outfit, Bakshi insists that it is, in his words, "a family picture."
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The last big battle scene. Think about it: Mutant and Demon Nazis fighting war-hardened Elves and Fairies set on a crazy rotoscoped background, and all the while set to jazz rock. This movie is incredibly 70's.


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