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Tonight one of our hosts watched Fire and Ice (1983) again which was directed by Ralph Bakshi and co-produced by legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. This is a reposted snippet they wrote from one of their Facebook groups:
"I imagine that writers and creative development at Blizzard took inspiration for Rexxar and Arthas from Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta's Fire and Ice (1983). See characters Darkwolf and Nekron for visual comparison. "Nekron"...implies necromancer, of which Death knights are akin and Arthas very closely resembles; "Darkwolf" implies the lone wolf archetype which is the core of Rexxar's biographical background. Both wield a bow and an axe with proficiency. I recently remarked how "we all stand on the shoulders of giants"; the main point being we take inspiration from and emulate those who came before us. We are influenced by the preceding and strike forth with aspiration to become the forthcoming. The saying isn't intended to diminish or cheapen today's efforts but to express gratitude and (*often*) due credit to our historical fundamental knowledge.
Oh yeah, if you watch the credits, Thomas Kinkade (yes, "The Painter of Light") is credited as the Background Painter.
Here's a link to his website: https://thomaskinkade.com/artist/"
With the fantasy genre on FIRE within the movie industry for the last decade and better (Harry Potter, LotR, Game of Thrones, etc), our host isn't "waxing nostalgia" but peering back into the history of film and entertainment to recognize the efforts of pioneers whose work has been critical in shaping the entertainment world as we know it today.
It is good to look back, reflect, educate and appreciate the huge body of work that has directly contributed to the entertainment landscape we navigate and (hopefully) enjoy today.
Reflect. Imagine. Create.
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