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Fire and Ice ()

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featuring Susan Tyrrell, Maggie Roswell, William Ostrander, Stephen Mendel, Clare Nono

Ralph Bakshi's last stab at epic fantasy takes place shortly after the Ice Age. The evil queen Juliana (voice of Eileen O'Reill) plots to conquer the world and raises her son Nekron (Sean Hannon) as a master of sorcery and arcane mental powers. Together the two conquer the Ice Kingdom, and from their stronghold Nekron commands massive glaciers to destroy everything between them and their ultimate goal: Fire Keep, ruled by the wise and powerful King Jarol Leo Gordon. Nekron's latest advance destroys a Northern village, leaving Larn (Randy Norton) the sole survivor, bent on revenge; it also exhausts Nekron, who resorts to sending emissaries to coerce Jarol into surrendering. When words fail, they resort to kidnapping Jarol's daughter Teegra (Cynthia Leake), who escapes and accidentally hooks up with Larn. Aided by the mysterious masked warrior Darkwolf (Steve Sandor), they attempt to return to Fire Keep and mobilize their warriors to bring the fight to Nekron. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Nuimber of Great American Artists here = 3

by mehaul on Oct 4, 2010

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.

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