Fire and Ice

Ralph Bakshi's newest animation feature is interesting for two special reasons: (1) the production represents a clear design on Bakshi's part to capture a wider and younger audience and (2) the animation marks the film debut of America's leading exponent of heroic fantasy art, Frank Frazetta, who coproduced.

Ralph Bakshi’s newest animation feature is interesting for two special reasons: (1) the production represents a clear design on Bakshi’s part to capture a wider and younger audience and (2) the animation marks the film debut of America’s leading exponent of heroic fantasy art, Frank Frazetta, who coproduced.

Known for his classic comic book and poster art, Frazetta works some of his famous illustrations into the film, such as his Death Dealer painting portraying an axe-wielding figure on horseback. Populating an Armageddon embellished with subhumans and flying dragonhawks are a blond hero, Larn; a sensuous-vulnerable dream girl in distress, Teegra; and an icy sorcerer and his willful mother, Lord Nekron and Juliana. Bakshi shot live actors first, to lay the foundation for the animation, in a process called Rotoscope.

Fire and Ice

Production: PSO. Director Ralph Bakshi; Producer Ralph Bakshi, Frank Frazetta; Screenplay Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway; Editor A. Davis Marshall; Music William Kraft

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 81 MIN.

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