AlphaBots Week XIV: N is for Necron 99!
If you grew up in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the US and were a fan of science fiction and/or fantasy, chances are better than even that you’ve at some point become aware of the 1977 animated feature, Wizards. Created by Ralph Bakshi, who had previously brought Robert Crumb’s Fritz the Cat to American theaters as a horribly adapted X-rated animated film, Wizards melded static comic panels, traditional cell animation, and rotoscoped WWII film footage into a dark, bloody, fantasy epic.
Wizards takes place two million years into our future. Humanity has long since destroyed themselves in a global nuclear conflict and the radioactive fallout has finally subsided enough for the planet to again sustain life. Earth is now inhabited by two dominant species: the mutants, who are the cursed remains of the worst parts of our previous civilization; and the “true ancestors of humans,” which are comprised of fairies, elves, and other life-loving woodland creatures, who live in the idyllic land of Montagar. The elves and fairies live among nature and embrace the power of magic, while the soulless mutants thrive with the use of technology and machinery.
At some point the queen of Montagar gives birth to twin boys. One is a benevolent wizard named Avatar, and the other is the evil mutant wizard, Blackwolf. They battle each other upon their mother’s death. Avatar prevails and exiles Blackwolf, who swears to return and claim his crown.
Decades later Blackwolf readies his armies for their invasion into Montagar. Necron 99 is a robot assassin that Blackwolf unleashes upon the land to kill all practitioners of magic. He rides a great two-legged beast that’s reminiscent of a dragon and a hippo.
The entire movie can be seen on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgol5_00prc
Drawn in Manga Studio Debut 4 with a Wacom Intuos 2 tablet.