Nuimber of Great American Artists here = 3
This animated feature was based on a rotoscoped film and the characters and backgrounds fleshed out in the Artists' studios. I say three because: Bakshi, perhaps the best animator (better than Walt Disney) collaborated with the best mythical illustrator of the past 200 years; Frazetta (as such equal to Rembrandt, Michelangelo, DaVinci, et al); and an artist who discovered the importance of light in art, the self proclaimed 'Painter of Light', Thomas Kinkade did many of the backgrounds (you can tell which ones he did easily). Can I stop here and say this is worth the watch just for that once a millenium collaboration? I will after I say the story is a fair Sword and Sorcery Fantasy effort equal to Conan and Red Sonja.
The DVD I got has a companion disk, "Frazetta, Painter of Fire" (think Kinkade got his title idea here?) A biographical sketch of the master artist. Revealed are many little known facts about his career. One I was stunned to learn was that during my early sunday comics puppy love of the genre. the tops was Li'l Abner. We find out that it was Frank Frazetta who drew the strip to Al Capp's direction from the mid 50s to the early 60s (their best years). That he has suffered a right side disabling stroke and so he has without a hitch begun doing his masterpieces lefthanded. There are interviews with family, friends and fellow artists who explain why his work is so important in the History of Art.