Las Vegas Film Society

Fire and Ice

"A Masterpiece Of Fantasy & Illustration."

PRODUCERS SALES ORGANIZATION presents A RALPH BAKSHI/FRANK FRAZETTA production
A RALPH BAKSHI film "FIRE & ICE" directed by RALPH BAKSHI
produced by RALPH BAKSHI and FRANK FRAZETTA
executive producers JOHN W. HYDE and RICHARD R. ST. JOHNS
screenplay by ROY THOMAS and GERRY CONWAY music by WILLIAM KRAFT

Wow. We are growing so fast that we are now on to our second animated feature. Too cool! I once heard that there was nothing so vibrant as a Ralph Bakshi film. I think after seeing this movie, you will have to agree.

The animation in this film is almost up to par with Japanese animation (or "Anime" as it is most commonly reffered to). Beautiful backgrounds and stunning color abounds. In fact, as far as the animation is concerned (and you have to remember that this film was made WAY back in 1983!), other than a little bit on the short of frames side, is first rate. Disney (in my book), still has as of yet to perfect the art of realism animation. It is my personal bet that they aren't trying to. Disney has a style of animation that is all their own and is often immitated. But, I digress...

Ok, Fire & Ice is your basic good vs. evil storyline, complete with handsome hero, voluptuous heroine, and evil mother and son. A nice little twist, though, is that in this epic, the good represents fire and the evil represents ice, a reversal on the classic mysticism.

Like most feature films, Fire & Ice has the usual sub plots and intertwining storylines. The one thing I love most about animation is that you can have the most spectacular special effects, monsters, magic, etc. and have it all look as real as anything else in the film. Unlike live action (even with the addition of CGI), it is very easy to have spectacular effects blend in naturally with the storyline. Ahh, the bliss that is the painter!

Well, the only other thing I can think of to mention is that Fire & Ice is set sometime in our distant past. When humans and neanderthals (in this movie referred to as "subhumans") co-existed and our world was one of might and magic. Fire and Ice, although now difficult to find as it is out of print, is a fantastic movie and is a good pre-cursor to full blown Anime. If you are not, or have been unexposed to realism animation (my own term, cool, huh?), this is a great beginner film. If you love animation and "Anime", and for some reason haven't seen this yet, you owe it to yourself to pick it up at your local video store.

Fire & Ice runs approximately 81 minutes and although graphic, contains no nudity.

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