Science Fiction and Fantasy

Wendy Pini’s college project: an Elric animated film

When I was in high school (like, 15?), a friend made the suggestion, fueled by a mutual enthusiasm for Ralph Bakshi’s animation and Am Oved’s Hebrew editions of Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer, that someone make a movie version of the latter, maybe with a Deep Purple soundtrack. I’m not even sure if “someone” was supposed to be us, but I’m sure a similar notion occured to many a young Michael Moorcock fan.

Anyway, Wendy (ElfQuest) Pini had the same idea when she was in high school, and when she went to college she made an honest attempt at it. Her efforts are lovingly detailed in this wonderful art book called Law and Chaos which is available in its entirety online.

(Although, my 15-year-old self would probably find that she drew an awful lot of ornate architecture and pretty dresses and barely any sword fights with demons. What a girl)

It’s remarkable to think that Moorcock gave her his blessing, and what technical difficulties she had to struggle with in those dark pre-computer days. These days it might be possible for a rabid fan to actually create something like this, except that nobody would be able to get the rights these days.