Review of Fire and Ice (1983)

Moving picture, 81 minutes

Ralph Bakshi (director).

Seen in 2018.

A glacier attacks.

Epic fantasy. The flaws are not subtle: Consistently pornographic portrayals of women, weak characterization, weak environments (because the rotoscoped actors have nothing to work with), terribly uninspired worldbuilding. The whole idea of an army mustering to defend a country against a glacier is great kitsch, as dumb as “The Coming of the White Worm” (1933/1941/1989) and dumber than The Adventures of Hols, Prince of the Sun (1968). Still, relatively realistically proportioned Ralph Bakshi feature animation is worth seeing even with the sensibility of a contemporary crappy game of second-edition D&D.

References here: The Black Cauldron (1985), “Korgoth of Barbaria” (2006), Tales from Earthsea (2006).

moving picture animation fiction