BUYSOUNDTRAX Records presents the soundtrack for FIRE AND ICE, featuring music composed by William Kraft (AVALANCHE, THE CHISHOLMS) for the 1983 animated fantasy adventure directed by Ralph Bakshi (FRITZ THE CAT, WIZARDS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS), featuring characters created by artist Frank Frazetta, from a script by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, and featuring the voices of Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon, William Ostrander and Eileen O’Neill.
Released in the summer of 1983, FIRE AND ICE offered the audience a unique visual experience. In his earlier features, Bakshi’s animation style had been marked by reliance on a technique called rotoscoping, in which his artists would take live action footage and trace over it, frame by frame, to create drawn images which were then animated. Unlike the use of silhouetted armies marching and battling through his previous animated films, the rotoscope process was used in FIRE AND ICE as the basis for the character movements and interactions, such as fights and chases. Presaging today’s use of motion capture in CGI-animation, Bakshi and Frazetta first spent 4-6 weeks filming live actors performing with simple props on a bare sound stage. That footage was rotoscoped and then animated one frame at a time in the manner of traditional cel animation. The end result was very fluid and lifelike movement. The effectiveness of those animated images was enhanced by the atmospheric background paintings that established the environment in which the characters lived, and it was in these paintings that Bakshi tried to replicate the look of Frank Frazetta’s artwork. The experience of watching FIRE AND ICE is greatly enhanced by its musical score, which was Bakshi’s first collaboration with William Kraft, a composer originally from the classical world.
William Kraft’s music for FIRE AND ICE is a thunderous, large scale composition, developed and orchestrated not in a Hollywood fashion but in the manner of old school classicism. His previous film scores had been necessarily atmospheric and progressive but with FIRE AND ICE, the composer enjoyed the opportunity to be highly thematic. All of the main characters have their own themes, which interact constantly throughout the score. The music for FIRE AND ICE was orchestrated by Angela Morley, a noted film composer in her own right (WATERSHIP DOWN) who also orchestrated for John Williams throughout the 1990s. FIRE AND ICE was recorded at Paramount Studios with a large size orchestra, with Dan Wallin serving as music scoring mixer, which gave Kraft’s score a generously large sonic dimension. Evoking the sorceries of ages past and the unsung heroes of fable and fantasy, the score for FIRE AND ICE is a battle between beneficent heroism and dark sorcery, sculpting the film’s brutal landscape with heavy swaths of low horns, ascending trumpets, and plenty of percussion.
1. Main Title/Prologue/The Subhumans Appear/Nekron 7:01
2. Spoils Of War/On The Run 5:28]
3. Meet Teegra 1:07
4. Teegra Is Abducted 2:44
5. Escape From The Subhumans 4:09
6. Lunch Is Served 1:14
7. Teegra Kills 1:29
8. Wolves/Dinner Guest 4:30
9. Larn And Teegra 2:42
10. Cephalopod Attack 1:11
11. Darkwolf 00:46
12. Botched Rescue 4:30
13. Roleil/Darkwolf's Stand 3:29
14. Thoughts Of Teegra 2:57
15. Roleil's Deal/Larn In Pursuit 2:43
16. Nekron's Madness 3:19
17. Nekron's Power 1:25
18. Larn Versus Nekron 2:31
19. Larn Escapes/Darkwolf Appears 2:38
20. Flight Of The Dragonhawks/The End Of Nekron/Reunited10:00
21. Fire And Ice End Title 3:35