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I was wondering what others here thought about the animated feature film Wizards being classified as "dieselpunk." Especially with the heavy usage of German WWII Nazi imagery and war footage. I love this film and was curious what others thought.

For those not familiar with the film here's Wiki article on it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizards_%28film%29

 

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It was a little too heavy for me as a kid, but I haven't seen it in a long time, so I can't speak intelligently about it.

From the description, it sounds promising:

The film is an allegorical comment on the moral neutrality of technology and the potentially destructive powers of propaganda. Blackwolf's secret weapon is propaganda, used to incite and motivate his legions and terrorize the good fairy folk of Montagar; Blackwolf also utilizes technology for evil ends. However, in the end, it is Avatar's willingness to use a technological tool (a handgun pulled from "up his sleeve") which saves them all. Bakshi also states that Wizards "was about the creation of the state of Israel and the Holocaust, about the Jews looking for a homeland, and about the fact that fascism was on the rise again."

I tend to avoid anything that shows the Nazis in a positive light, especially from the Japanese.
Oh it doesn't show the Nazis in a positive light at all. Blackwolf discovers the films of Hitler's speeches, which he then uses to rally his mutant army. Then he raises the German SS and generals from Hell to lead his mutant army. Any time you see Nazi imagery or German war tech in the film it's with evil Blackwolf and the mutants.

Tome Wilson said:
It was a little too heavy for me as a kid, but I haven't seen it in a long time, so I can't speak intelligently about it.

From the description, it sounds promising:

The film is an allegorical comment on the moral neutrality of technology and the potentially destructive powers of propaganda. Blackwolf's secret weapon is propaganda, used to incite and motivate his legions and terrorize the good fairy folk of Montagar; Blackwolf also utilizes technology for evil ends. However, in the end, it is Avatar's willingness to use a technological tool (a handgun pulled from "up his sleeve") which saves them all. Bakshi also states that Wizards "was about the creation of the state of Israel and the Holocaust, about the Jews looking for a homeland, and about the fact that fascism was on the rise again."

I tend to avoid anything that shows the Nazis in a positive light, especially from the Japanese.
I'd buy it as Deiselpunk with a Low Fantasy crossover. Definately of the "Dark" variety.

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