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Dec. 7th, 2008

So in the early 80's there were a number of animated films which flew under the radar. One of my favorites is a Canadian film called Rock and Rule. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States populated by mutated humanoid animals. It is a rock roll story obviously and the main characters all rock musicians. The heroes are an up start band trying to get into the big time. They run into tensions as the lead singer Omar's ego keeps him from recognizing his girlfriend Angle's talent.

The bad guy in the piece is Mok who is a mega rock star. He is clearly modeled on the glam rock stars of the age with some punk tossed in. He is a little David Bowie and a little Iggy Pop. He is also big making a magic theme part of his show. When he has less than amazing sales on an album he decides to punish the world by showing the real magic and opening a gate way to hell. To do this he needs a particular voice which apparently is Angel. One of the reason the movie did not due well is it was targeted to grown ups and in the early 80's Americans thought of animation as kids stuff for the most part. Characters used drugs, there was the suggestion of devil worship and more shockingly a suggestion of sex happening. Simply put the American distributors just didn't know what to do with it.

The movies story is not Shakespeare but it is not terrible. The animation is interesting and different. but really makes this one shine is the music. You got on the soundtrack by Cheap Trick, Chris Stein and Debbie Harry of the pop group Blondie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Good Stuff.



This little ditty is by Lou Reed and it is the bad guys egomaniacal theme song.

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drivingblind
Dec. 7th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I love Rock & Rule. :)
technoir
Dec. 8th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I have a bootleg old video of it but it seems they finally released it on DVD a couple of years ago so I will be getting that at some point.
justinjacobson
Dec. 7th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I actually have the comic book lying around in my collection somewhere.
technoir
Dec. 8th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
There is a comic book? I may one of the biggest geeks in the world and I didn't know there was comic book. Kick ass. Added to my list of oddities to find.
imperatrix
Dec. 8th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
I actually own the DVD-- (I'm pretty sure it's bootlegged, from D*C) loved this when I was a kid. Still do.

I used to have the "I survived the Mok Concert" t-shirt somewhere...

Heh. Talk about nostalgia. ;)
carnivorax
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
Triumph!


Egotism indeed!
ikara_fox
Dec. 8th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
This I remember. My uncle had this on video.
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