50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

From cosmic head trips to adventures in galaxies far, far away

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39. 'Wizards' (1977)

Animator Ralph Bakshi's first "family film" concerned twin brothers — Avatar (a magic wizard) and Blackwolf (a half-demon) — who were born millions of years after terrorists ignited the earth with atomic fireballs and left half of the planet to live as mutants on radioactive land. A cartoon fantasy with post-WWII-themes and a city fit for Tolkien, the film weaves pen and ink illustration, actual Hitler propaganda films, and painted-over live-action footage in a final battle scene where magic overcomes technology. Bakshi liked to joke that this artful combination of magic, fairies, and assassins was made for the "same budget of the first minute and a half of a Pixar film." It remains one mindfuck of a fantasy/sci-fi mash-up. CC

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