Picks and Pans Review: Fire and Ice
That sex and violence are the focus of this animated sword-and-sorcery movie shouldn't come as any surprise. Director Ralph Bakshi's other animated features, Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and, most recently, American Pop, all had a vulgar, macho edge. The bad guys in this case hang out on a large glacier that is moving inexorably south to swallow up all of humanity. The evil genius behind this icy invasion is a white-haired mama's boy named Nekron, who sits on an ice-carved throne that is shaped like a human skull. The good guys are the folks who inhabit the warmer regions and are ruled by the good King Jarol. One night Nekron's drooling, subhuman henchmen show up and kidnap the voluptuous daughter of Jarol, Princess Teegra, who sometimes acts like a centerfold model. The hero, Larn, turns out to be a blond-haired, blue-eyed WASP sort. (Skin color in this film consistently denotes good and evil, which seems racist.) There are too many chase scenes and too many Star Wars pyrotechnics. Those who find titration in this kind of thing can probably manage to hang on for the ride; anyone else is likely to be offended and, worse, bored. (PG)
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