The making of Fire & Ice

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Shared February 16, 2012

Fire and Ice is a 1983 animated film, a collaboration between Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, distributed by 20th Century Fox, which also distributed Bakshi's 1977 release, Wizards. The animated feature, based on characters Bakshi and Frazetta co-created, was made using the process of rotoscoping, in which scenes were shot in live action and then traced onto animation cels.
The screenplay was written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, both of whom had written Conan stories for Marvel Comics. Background painter was James Gurney, the author and artist of the famous Dinotopia illustrated novels. Thomas Kinkade also worked on the backgrounds to various scenes.

Because Fire and Ice was the most action-oriented story Bakshi had directed up until that point, rotoscoping was again used, and the realism of the animation and design replicated Frazetta's artwork. Bakshi and Frazetta were heavily involved in the production of the live-action sequences, from casting sessions to the final shoot. The film's crew included background artists James Gurney and Thomas Kinkade, layout artist Peter Chung, and established Bakshi Productions artists Sparey, Steven E. Gordon, Bell and Banks. Chung strongly admired Bakshi and Frazetta's work, and animated his sequences on the film while simultaneously working for The Walt Disney Company.

Juan Borjas

It is such a shame that animated movies like this are not made these days.

4 years ago | [YT] | 16


Many japanese animated movies are still made like this i.e. studio ghibli, studio 4C, Madhouse etc. Too bad disney stopped doing this a decade ago, 3D animated movies will never have the same feel as traditional animations

4 years ago | [YT] | 22


This is really interesting. Would love to know if similar live action footage exists from Lord of the Rings. Does anyone know?

2 years ago | [YT] | 7

Bryan Coombes- REMAX

A young James Gurney and Thomas Kinkade at 6:31. An interesting start painting landscapes for these two accomplished painters.

4 years ago | [YT] | 9


I love how rotoscope (invented by Fleischer Studios, the creators of Betty Boop) allows animated film to achieve a more lifelike feel. My only problem with it, is that (as with mocap in CG film) it can become easily abused.

3 years ago | [YT] | 12


Insane how labor intensive that process is. Now animators use motion capture and the computer can fill in between key frames.

2 years ago | [YT] | 3

Zus Padt

Wow! Thank you for this gem!

2 years ago | [YT] | 3

luis antonio barcelos

Previously there was a concern with quality and great artists made history in the animated film!

2 years ago | [YT] | 2


Wow. This is so very interesting. I'd love to own some of those paintins! Nekron's keep looks awesome! :D

3 years ago | [YT] | 2

Mario Roberto Phillips

Thomas Kinkade at 6:39! So young,

4 years ago | [YT] | 5


You should of hired Bob Ross LOL Made myself laugh But he was doing his show in 83 So Bill Alexander is probaly a better choice.

4 months ago | [YT] | 0

Eric Brown

Strains the muscle in the hand and fingers. Thank goodness for computer animation now, back then it was a big deal to pull it off perfect.

4 years ago | [YT] | 1

toto gamer

Is adult animation movies dead?!

5 years ago | [YT] | 0

Martin Bodin

Thanks for uploading this, I got this on dvd but theres no making of on it :( I wonder what all these people are doing today, whats an old rotoscope animator to do in this day and age, when hardly anything is animated in the u.s. anymore?

5 years ago | [YT] | 0


watched the movie at least a 100 times since my childhood, this is the best. thanks a lot!!!

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6 years ago | [YT] | 0

Leandro Simonetti

Thank you very much for uploading this mind-blowing piece of PURE AWESOMENESS! Thanks!

6 years ago | [YT] | 0


Wow, what a tedious process... Amazing!

6 years ago | [YT] | 3


I am no man, but you're welcome anyway! :)

6 years ago | [YT] | 2


huge thanks for uploading it, man! It's so cool and interesting!

6 years ago | [YT] | 1