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A rock & roll singer searches for eternal life in this animated musical fantasy set in a post-nuclear dystopia. Similar to the earlier Heavy Metal 1981 in tone, this film attempts to incorporate mythical themes and mutant beings with music by Cheap Trick, Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop, and other popular acts of the time, with mixed success. Clive Smith's film was a disappointment at the box-office, but has since attracted a minor cult following.
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Overview

A rock & roll singer searches for eternal life in this animated musical fantasy set in a post-nuclear dystopia. Similar to the earlier Heavy Metal 1981 in tone, this film attempts to incorporate mythical themes and mutant beings with music by Cheap Trick, Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop, and other popular acts of the time, with mixed success. Clive Smith's film was a disappointment at the box-office, but has since attracted a minor cult following.
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Special Features

Commentary with director Clive Smith; The making of rock & rule; Alternate version of rock & rule; The devil and daniel mouse: 27 min animation (the inspiration) for rock & rule); How we made the devil and daniel mouse; Workprint title sequence; 15 Minute workprint of the ending of r&r; Rock & Blue
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The benefit of hindsight makes it easy to see why Rock & Rule got buried during its original release: too cute and restrained for the adult-animation set but too dark and edgy in its ideas for the kiddie set, the film manages to be only partially acceptable to either of the traditional audiences for animation in the early '80s. The same sense of hindsight also reveals why it became something of an underground favorite with the cult-movie set: Rock & Rule boasts a fantastic soundtrack, an often-stunning sense of futuristic design, and a novel combination of cel animation and computer graphics that is pleasing to the eye. The script is a bit disjointed at times (particularly the rather choppy first act), but the unique, eccentric nature of the film is likely to keep the viewer intrigued; it's constantly throwing an amusing gag, a catchy tune, or an eye-popping bit of design at the audience. When these elements click, Rock & Rule is also capable of producing some stunning set pieces that offer laughs and chills all at once; one of the most impressive is a mad dash through a downtown dance club as the heroes search for Angel amongst a crowd of bizarre revelers. Ultimately, Rock & Rule might be a little too odd in concept and storytelling style for a mass audience, but animation fans and cult-movie fanatics with a yen for music-themed features will definitely want to give it a look.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • UPC: 853937002414
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Unearthed
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Francks Voice Only
Paul Le Mat Voice Only
Susan Roman Voice Only
Dan Hennessy Voice Only
Samantha Langevin Voice Only
Chris Wiggins Voice Only
Martin Lavut Voice Only
Catherine Gallant Voice Only
Nick Nichols Voice Only
Maurice LaMarche Voice Only
Catherine O'Hara Voice Only
Iggy Pop Voice Only
Lou Reed Voice Only
Deborah Harry Voice Only
Technical Credits
Clive A. Smith Director, Art Director
Robin Budd Animator
Patricia Cullen Score Composer
John Helfpenny Screenwriter
Michael Hirsh Producer
Lenora Hume Cinematographer
Patrick Loubert Original Story, Producer
Don Marshall Set Decoration/Design
Frank Nissen Animator
Peter Sauder Screenwriter
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