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Fire and Ice (1983)



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This adult-targeted Ralph Bakshi animated fantasy film tells the story of a power hungry sorcerer who sends a flood of ice to consume lands that don't acknowledge him as their overlord. The daughter of the goodguy king gets kidnapped, but the hero, the sole survivor of a village consumed by the ice, sets out to save her. The drawings themselves are pretty poor, with minimal shading -- scarcely better than a cheap Saturday morning cartoon -- but the actual animation itself is quite fluid. Dialogue is the only thing not done well, which may explain why there is very little of it. The film loses the most points with its scant characterization of the leads. It's got rousing action scenes, though, and a great musical score. Fantasy buffs should be highly entertained, but, as the show is quite violent, it's not one for the kids.