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Wizards Review


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If you dread the day your child asks you where babies come from, then you definitely don't want them watching Wizards. If you're looking for an animated classic to watch with the kids on Sunday afternoon, revisit Bambi or The Fox and the Hound. Don't let the PG rating fool you -- Ralph Bakshi's 1977 Wizards will have your kid asking you about stuff that is far more difficult to explain than "the birds and the bees." However, if your kids are old enough to understand nuclear war, Adolf Hitler, the holocaust, assassinations, prostitution, terrorists, and the apocalypse, then they're in for quite a thought-provoking treat.

Director/writer/producer Ralph Bakshi first made a name for himself when he created the first X-rated cartoon Fritz the Cat (1972) and its followup, the R-rated Heavy Traffic (1973). Ever since, Bakshi has continued to make seemingly anti-Disney films that offer consenting adults speculative -- although unappetizing -- food for thought. Wizards is rather tame compared to Bakshi's previous animated features, but that's not the say it isn't just as disturbing.

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