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2014-01-04 12:12:36 PM

Damn. The word 'film' needed to be after animated in the header. Perhaps a mod min would correct my stupidity.


Saturday Cinema, Heavy Metal, 1981  - In the days before CGI, Heavy Metal magazine was the closest we could come regular doses of fantastic imagery. This animated also had a rockin' soundtrack.
www.sci-fimovieposters.co.uk

I may sound old, but as time passes, the difficulty in obtaining imagery will be hard for people to understand. In the days before social media, photographs only existed in printable form. In the days before CGI, all special effects were practical and had to be built which is why action film posters had a stupendous scene that was guaranteed to not be in the film.

Heavy Metal magazine showcased the best in science fiction and fantasy illustration from around the world. The speech bubbles were translated and replaced so many English readers had no idea that they were reading French or German comics but ultimately who cared - from story to story, the art changed style and content.

The movie changed beat from story to story. The animated film was made in hand-drawn cell and rotoscope and was so expensive that there was never any follow up.  One think is for certain, it also sold a hell of a lot of records.

It's also a look back at a different time. It was made during a time when coke had piled onto the 70s marijuana culture and was though of as cool rather than the commodity that kicked off drugs cartels in the 80s, it was pre-AIDS, critics were less than enthusiastic about the film during its initial run but it proved to have staying power with audiences at repertory cinemas.

Art house cinemas were the only places to see the film for many years because the film was unavailable on DVD. Why? The WKRP phenomenon: like the TV show about a radio station, no-one gave any long term thought about the music licencing so the film and WKRP were unavailable while who-payed-whom was battled over by accountants and lawyers and the situation was made worse because legally, the film was produced in Canada which meant that even for US purposes, the film was an import and had even more complexities.

As such, much of the voice over work was a who's who of Canadian comedy broadcasting including Joe Flaherty and John Candy.

The film never managed to get everything it wanted to on screen. Many animation studios were involved and some of the connective tissue between the stories was only partially produced. The incomplete previsualizaions were had a habit of turning up in other films and rock videos that had been farmed out to the various animation production houses. For example,  Dan O'Bannon, who worked on Alien, Total Recall and the cult Sci-Fi weirdness that was Dark Star, wrote the introduction with the Courvette and the B-17 segment that was never properly bridged.
 
2014-01-04 12:33:37 PM
Wasn't there a Heavy Metal 2000?

/love this movie, BTW
//been in the collection many years
 
2014-01-04 12:35:28 PM
Cartoon porn for every horny teenage boy of the time.
 
2014-01-04 12:44:09 PM

SauronWasFramed: Cartoon porn for every horny teenage boy of the time.


i was 12 and saw it in the theater with my friends. (we lived in a small town with a one-screen mom-and-pop theater where you could go to R-rated movies with a note from your parents).

let's just say that i'm guessing that we all killed kittens to that movie for the next few years...
 
2014-01-04 01:01:05 PM
If you saw this movie as a young male, you probably played this song loud at least once. Turn it up...

♫ ♬Head bangers in leather♫ ♬

ALSO The South Park 'Major Boobage' satire was one of their best episodes EVER!

Possibly NSFW cartoon boobage, Hilarious if you never saw it...
 
2014-01-04 02:14:40 PM
i.imgur.com

/You never really get to see her boobs.
 
2014-01-04 02:29:08 PM

Radak: [i.imgur.com image 550x309]

/You never really get to see her boobs.


sometimes less is more.
 
2014-01-04 03:05:29 PM

Dahnkster: If you saw this movie as a young male, you probably played this song loud at least once. Turn it up...

♫ ♬Head bangers in leather♫ ♬

ALSO The South Park 'Major Boobage' satire was one of their best episodes EVER!

Possibly NSFW cartoon boobage, Hilarious if you never saw it...


Never saw it. And yes, hilarious.
 
2014-01-04 03:53:45 PM
The first animated film with adult themes I watched was Ralph Bakshi's, Wizards in the late 70s.

I think I might have been too young for some of the material; I was simultaneously fascinated, confused, and a little terrified.

I need to watch both Heavy Metal and Wizards again.
 
2014-01-04 04:32:05 PM
Rock & Rule

80's stoner movies were the best.
 
2014-01-04 04:33:19 PM

AGremlin: The first animated film with adult themes I watched was Ralph Bakshi's, Wizards in the late 70s.

I think I might have been too young for some of the material; I was simultaneously fascinated, confused, and a little terrified.

I need to watch both Heavy Metal and Wizards again.


My mom took me and my brother to see Wizards because it was a cartoon, eh. I was 12 I think. Awesome film!
 
2014-01-04 04:33:43 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Wasn't there a Heavy Metal 2000?

/love this movie, BTW
//been in the collection many years


Yes... it's not... terrible...  but it's more of a animated Julie Strain B action flick. I prefer the original as a animation and art showcase which 2000, or F.A.K.K outside the US, is most certainly not.


but high.. Micheal Ironside chews up the scenery even if he is animated.. so there's that.. which is nice
 
2014-01-04 04:34:45 PM
Great movie. The trailer is NSFW, I'm afraid, so best to be careful.

There was a sequel, of sorts. It wasn't in the same league.

Puts me in mind to watch it tonight.
 
2014-01-04 04:36:28 PM

AGremlin: The first animated film with adult themes I watched was Ralph Bakshi's, Wizards in the late 70s.

I think I might have been too young for some of the material; I was simultaneously fascinated, confused, and a little terrified.

I need to watch both Heavy Metal and Wizards again.


I saw Wizards around that age/time as well, and it was somewhat heavy....there was some Nazi imagery, and some more socio-political overtones, rather than just boobs and blood. Of course, even Rock & Rule was too heavy for a 12-year old me.

Also, I think it says a lot that even the slightest discussion of Heavy Metal always has to start and end with a million qualifiers....because it kind of sucks.
 
mhd
2014-01-04 04:36:56 PM
Weren't there some even weirder French animated movies inspired by Moebius and the like?
 
2014-01-04 04:37:12 PM
I collected HEAVY METAL magazines (and bought copies of the french version when I was overseas) from June 1980 through March 1990. Subscribed along with National Lampoon while in the US Navy. Sealed in bags, read again and again.

All destroyed when the house I grew up in burned down.

Have both magazines now as .CBR/.CBZ, PDF and .RAR files. Not the same as the paper version, but I can read them all now and they fit on a memory card.

Now off my well-manicured patch of grass.
/adjusts onion
 
2014-01-04 04:38:17 PM

Cerebral Knievel: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Wasn't there a Heavy Metal 2000?

/love this movie, BTW
//been in the collection many years

Yes... it's not... terrible...  but it's more of a animated Julie Strain B action flick. I prefer the original as a animation and art showcase which 2000, or F.A.K.K outside the US, is most certainly not.


but high.. Micheal Ironside chews up the scenery even if he is animated.. so there's that.. which is nice


And hey, animated Julie Strain!

/had such a case of the hots for her back in the day.
 
2014-01-04 04:40:17 PM

studebaker hoch: Rock & Rule

80's stoner movies were the best.


HA... yeah... you must forgive that film... it's Canadian...

What was the hero name? Omar?  moody, Pratt.. He makes the movie almost unwatchable.
 
2014-01-04 04:43:03 PM
Not so CSB: My brother worked with the guy that did the Corvette animation.
 
2014-01-04 04:44:00 PM
Ah yes, Donald Fagen. Truly a heavy metal pioneer.

/I know, I know.
 
2014-01-04 04:48:13 PM

Cerebral Knievel: studebaker hoch: Rock & Rule

80's stoner movies were the best.

HA... yeah... you must forgive that film... it's Canadian...

What was the hero name? Omar?  moody, Pratt.. He makes the movie almost unwatchable.


Omar. On the other hand, there was Angel, whose singing voice was provided by Debby Harry........
 
2014-01-04 04:48:50 PM

mhd: Weren't there some even weirder French animated movies inspired by Moebius and the like?


Druuna movie?
 
2014-01-04 04:58:14 PM

Fano: Druuna movie?


There were a few live action movies inspired by Milo Manara, that I recall.
 
mhd
2014-01-04 05:08:49 PM
Googling "weird French animatd movie", I think I saw either "Fantastic Planet" or "Gandahar" as a wee tyke.
 
2014-01-04 05:09:33 PM
18 years of nothing, and now twice in one day ...

/that line clicked in my teenage brain - started lifting after that
 
2014-01-04 05:11:08 PM

mhd: Googling "weird French animatd movie", I think I saw either "Fantastic Planet" or "Gandahar" as a wee tyke.


I remember Secret of the Selenites, translated into English as Moon Madness.

The animation is.... very bizarre.
 
2014-01-04 05:13:03 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Wasn't there a Heavy Metal 2000?

/love this movie, BTW
//been in the collection many years


There was, with a damn find soundtrack as well.

Happens to be the only place you could find "Missing Time" by MFDMK back in the olden days.
 
2014-01-04 05:13:43 PM

croesius: MFDMK


Make that MDFMK

/Damn you Bulleit Rye.
 
2014-01-04 05:18:54 PM

gaslight: As such, much of the voice over work was a who's who of Canadian comedy broadcasting including Joe Flaherty and John Candy.


Eugene Levy and Harold Ramis too. And the inimitable John Vernon in a cameo role. Other little known fact: Blue Oyster Cult made more than one song for the movie, but only Veteran of the Psychic Wars was used. The others still made it to the Fire of Unknown Origin album.

Ah, college sci-fi club memories... I knew someone who even had a Captain Sternn t-shirt. That and Harry Canyon were the best parts of the film.
 
2014-01-04 05:24:03 PM

Jim_Tressel's_O-Face: gaslight: As such, much of the voice over work was a who's who of Canadian comedy broadcasting including Joe Flaherty and John Candy.

Eugene Levy and Harold Ramis too. And the inimitable John Vernon in a cameo role. Other little known fact: Blue Oyster Cult made more than one song for the movie, but only Veteran of the Psychic Wars was used. The others still made it to the Fire of Unknown Origin album.

Ah, college sci-fi club memories... I knew someone who even had a Captain Sternn t-shirt. That and Harry Canyon were the best parts of the film.


There some suggestions* that the Bruce Willis character in The Fifth Element is based on Harry Canyon.


*which I can't be bothered to look up, sorry.
 
2014-01-04 05:34:38 PM
I first saw this on ON TV wayyyy back int he earliest days of pay tv. I was sleeping on the couch because I had the flu, and the next day, I wasn't sure if the movie I'd watched was really that weird or if I'd been hallucinating.
 
2014-01-04 05:37:30 PM

rewind2846: I collected HEAVY METAL magazines (and bought copies of the french version when I was overseas) from June 1980 through March 1990. Subscribed along with National Lampoon while in the US Navy. Sealed in bags, read again and again.

All destroyed when the house I grew up in burned down.

Have both magazines now as .CBR/.CBZ, PDF and .RAR files. Not the same as the paper version, but I can read them all now and they fit on a memory card.

Now off my well-manicured patch of grass.
/adjusts onion


Anyone else interested will find both available at archive.org.

https://archive.org/details/magazine_rack
 
2014-01-04 05:39:04 PM

mhd: Googling "weird French animatd movie", I think I saw either "Fantastic Planet" or "Gandahar" as a wee tyke.


I got that one as well on the hard drive. I hunted it down because Nickilodeon used to play the hell out of it on the saturday feature show they had when I was growing up. Nick presents I think it was called.
it did foster my love for the Baron von Munchousen stories

I got fantastic planet as well. not a kiddie cartoon, but I'm sure was presented as quite a few times.

if anything, I would call moon madness limited, cheap, animation. Fantastic Planet I would simply call... French

another french animation flick I picked up recently was "the rabbis cat" thats a great flick and its on Netflix streaming
 
2014-01-04 05:46:20 PM
i also love the two cheap trick songs on the soundtrack - you must be dreaming and reach out and take it. i don't think they were released anywhere else.
 
2014-01-04 05:51:01 PM

FlashHarry: i also love the two cheap trick songs on the soundtrack - you must be dreaming and reach out and take it. i don't think they were released anywhere else.


That was a great soundtrack - practically wore out the cassette player in my '82 Camero playing that.

/yes, I realize the unflattering picture that comment makes about me
 
2014-01-04 05:53:57 PM
The magazine was a refreshing dose of international and "mature" domestic comics.
The movie was crap.
 
2014-01-04 05:55:10 PM
It's your one-way ticket to midnight.
 
2014-01-04 06:05:10 PM
www.meangoblin.com
 
2014-01-04 06:12:15 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: The magazine was a refreshing dose of international and "mature" domestic comics.
The movie was crap.


I was always pissed off that I never got to see the movie when it was in the theatres and then the music licensing issues prevented it from being released on video. Then once the music rights issue was resolved and it was released I saw it...

... and was very disappointed.
 
2014-01-04 06:14:32 PM

Jim_Tressel's_O-Face: Other little known fact: Blue Oyster Cult made more than one song for the movie, but only Veteran of the Psychic Wars was used. The others still made it to the Fire of Unknown Origin album.


So I saw Heavy Metal when one of the neighborhood teenagers came over to babysit me and my brother in 1982 and was like "Let's see what's on cable lil' dudes." I was ten. It blew my mind. That and "Time Bandits" and the anime "Galaxy Express 999", which also had heavy rotation that on cable that year.

When I was sixteen and borrowed a friend's BÖC tapes I was rather surprised to recognize the plot for "Vengence: the Pact".
 
2014-01-04 06:15:04 PM
Loved the magazine and the movie. I actually had a bunch of cards from Olivia's collection
 
2014-01-04 06:26:24 PM

Ghastly: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: The magazine was a refreshing dose of international and "mature" domestic comics.
The movie was crap.

I was always pissed off that I never got to see the movie when it was in the theatres and then the music licensing issues prevented it from being released on video. Then once the music rights issue was resolved and it was released I saw it...

... and was very disappointed.


I was 15 in '81. Saw it in the theater.

At that age and in the context of the time, it was *perfect*

Unfortunately, I watched it a few years ago on dvd ...

/preferred the mag tho - used to have a hardbound European Rankxerox compilation
 
2014-01-04 06:47:07 PM
The magazine was hit or miss, but had some great things in it over the years. The movie is a lot worse now than it was in 1980, as it has aged terribly. You can still take some historical enjoyment out of it, but it's tough to watch these days.

/whatever you do, do not watch  Heavy Metal 2000
 
2014-01-04 06:47:12 PM

Uzzah: Ah yes, Donald Fagen. Truly a heavy metal pioneer.

/I know, I know.


Don Felder. Point still stands.
 
2014-01-04 06:55:08 PM
I scored major points back in my Army days, when I picked up a pirate copy of Heavy Metal at a Star Trek convention. That thing got a lot of play on late Saturday nights in the common room.
 
2014-01-04 07:15:52 PM
Killer cartoon erotica, great voice actors, and one of the great soundtracks of all times.
 
2014-01-04 07:16:51 PM

sallyjuneabigailmay: Uzzah: Ah yes, Donald Fagen. Truly a heavy metal pioneer.

/I know, I know.

Don Felder. Point still stands.


More hard rock, good song nonetheless:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02nAH_oAjeg
 
2014-01-04 07:35:52 PM

mhd: Googling "weird French animatd movie", I think I saw either "Fantastic Planet" or "Gandahar" as a wee tyke



Ahh Gandahar!  When I was 15 My mom and her best friend were going on an overnight trip to I forget where maybe to see my aunt in Michigan. Her kids were going to stay at our house with me and my brothers overnight. Basically the first time anything like this had ever happened. They took us to a video store that had never gone to before to get some movies. Wandering around I found "Gandahar" in the science fiction section, hadn't seen or heard of it before.

We got home and while everyone else was watching movies and screaming and making a horrid racket in the living room. Since my mom was gone I went up into her bedroom to watch my movie on the other VCR... having no idea what to expect 15 year old me with my jaw on the ground going "WTF" as I watched a cartoon in which all the women were topless. This was a perfect moment!
 
2014-01-04 07:46:16 PM
I got lucky all those millenia ago, and saw this with some friends in a grubby old theater in Bako when it came out.

We snuck a little bit of unapproved gear in under our jackets.

I'm not sure but I may still have the bootleg audio tape cassette.

It was a great audience that night, I can still hear the appropriately placed snickering to this day.
 
2014-01-04 07:47:05 PM
I was seriously about to fire up the soundtrack to this movie and burn one. It has never, ever failed to make me love life again.
 
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