Fire and Ice [Blu-ray]
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FIRE AND ICE - Blu-Ray Movie
The mighty-muscled heroes and big-bottomed babes of fantasy artist Frank Frazetta inspired animator Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards) to create the swords-and-sorcery epic Fire and Ice. Bakshi uses a technique called rotoscoping, which uses live-action film of actors as the template for animation, allowing him to put realistic action into fantastic environments. The verisimilitude of movement in a cartoon can be startling, but that's about all Fire and Ice has to offer; the wafer-thin story, overwrought characters, and clumsy dialogue are vapid cliches. Of much greater interest are the extras in this two-disc set, including a making-of feature that demonstrates the painstaking process of rotoscoping; enthusiastic commentary from Bakshi, who's a jovial, down-to-earth guy with a thick Brooklyn accent; deliriously fatuous diary notes from one of the actors; and a feature-length documentary called Frazetta: Painting with Fire, which reveals the artist to be more intriguing than any of the barbarians he's famous for. The effusive praise of other fantasy artists and "Frazetta historians" occasionally veers into Spinal Tap territory, but it's fascinating watching Frazetta turn from a 1950s James-Dean-style tough guy into the king of fantasy art. Though his work is often dismissed as adolescent kitsch, the documentary persuasively argues that Frazetta deservedly dominates his corner of the art world. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This movie did very little box office (as did most of Ralph Bakshi's films), but has become a cult classic, partly for the quality of the art, a collaboration between Ralph Bakshi and the famed fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. Also, I have heard that the screenplay was written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, the two men who had done Conan comic book stories, and the background painters included James Gurney, the illustrator of the Dinotopia novels. Though admittedly I had never read Conan or Dinotopia. And also the painter Thomas Kinkade, noted for his artwork for figurines, music-boxes for The Bradford Exchange Company besides paintings. And like Bakshi's films The Lord of the Rings and American Pop, this movie was rotoscoped, but the process works better in this film.
So overall, I think it's one of the best animated fantasy movies ever made, and an awesome collaboration between two great minds - Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta. With plenty of fantasy, sexual innuendo, and thrilling adventure.
The animation is super detailed in every aspect and the kept pace all the way through. This is one adult cartoon I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy flick.
From the opening stills you can get a grasp of his style and see the connection Ralph Bakshi has made to the
production of this feature.The 'Death Dealer' personna, riding in the backround at first and then becoming the
primary force in this battle of 'Good vs Evil', is straight from one of Frazetta's most famous posters.
The animation and art work are superb (by 1980's standards) and the DVD release really brings out the colors
and details missing from most of the VHS tapes I've viewed over the last twenty-plus years.
The movie is relatively short, at 80 minutes, and is packed with action from start to finish. You will not be bored.
The fast pace allows you to skip by the 'lame' sections of the story quickly and move on to the more interesting
parts that will grip you and provide an overall satisfying experience by the end of the movie.
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