The 1977 animation Wizards and that kiddies sci-fi horse opera in space, Star Wars have quite a lot on common. Not only where they both released in 1977, by 20th Century Fox. But Mark Hamill was in both movies. Playing the voice of Sean, king of the mountain fairies, in Wizards. And some bloke called Luke something in Star Wars. Both Ralph Bakshi, the genius behind Wizards, and George Loosearse were in the same meeting with 20th Century Fox, asking for money. Neither of them got any. Bakshi finished the movie with his own money. Not sure what Loosearse did with his little film. Apart from that he spat his dummy out because Bakshi was originally going to call Wizards, "War Wizards". But Loosearse wanted to call his little flick Star Wars, and he felt the names were too similar. The words "Wizards" and "Stars" both sounding like they're both sort of magic like.
Not only did he directly rip-off The Wizard Of Oz. Tin-Man / C3PO, Wicked Witch of the West / Darth Vader, Cowardly Lion / Chewbacca , yeah you all know, I don't need to go on. He screwed over poor old Ralph Bakshi as well. With the aid of high-tech modern wizardry (Google and Photoshop), we can now finally reveal how Georgie directly copied the most iconic images of Wizards.
Look, when you lay one over the other, the match is uncanny! Loosearse you plagiarising bastard! It doesn't end there you know. Oh no, not by a long shot. Wizards has characters called "stormtroopers" in it. Guess what Star Wars has? Yeah you know it, stormtroopers, who just happen to look a lot like Peace from Wizards. Did little old George Loosearse never have a original idea of his own?
Oh and talking of Peace in Wizards. He started out as an evil "robot" called Necron 99, controlled by the evil ruler Blackwolf. Who is the dark-side one of twins, born to a queen, the other being to good-side called Avatar. Avatar changes Necron 99 it a force for good called Peace. Now, come on, dark-side, light-side, imbued with magical force, evil becoming good and bloody twins!!! Loosearse took the whole of Wizards, chucked in a massive dollop of Just Garland, and a bunch of crappy westerns he'd once seen and stretched it over 6 bloody movies. What a twat!