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Rock and Rule remake poster by jarredspekter Rock and Rule remake poster by jarredspekter
A fan-made poster for a remake of the cult classic animated film Rock and Rule.
You can watch the movie here: [link]
This is a previous film by the same company which Rock and Rule owes a lot of its genesis from called The Devil and Daniel Mouse: [link]
Its hard to believe the Canadian animation studio that eventually made kid friendly series like Carebears and Strawberry Shortcake. started in with a post apocalyptic movie concerning devil worship, ten sexuality, drug use, and rock and roll!
The film is about a future in which nuclear war has wiped out humanity, leaving behind the 'street animals'; cats, rats, and dogs. Centuries later these animals have evolved into anthropomorphic mutants, creating a new society in the ruins of man's ancient cities, renaming them things like Ohmtown and Nuke York. Our heroes are members of a struggling band, the rebellious Omar, his gentler counterpart Angel, as well as Dizzy (on drums) and Stretch (bass). Omar and Angel have a disagreement on who should be lead vocalist which is threatening to split the group, and it doesn't help that Angel is propositioned by international rockstar Mok. However, as Omar tries to investigate Mok to get his girl back he discovers the real reason Angel has been auditioned. Her voice is the missing component of a diabolic ritual Mok has devised to raise a demon and rule the world.
In case you're wondering, Mok looks a lot like Mick Jagger.
Remember when animated features were really out there? This is one of the most intensely weird 0_0
A lot of people dislike this movie, and it is uneven. The plot is pretty jumbled and the writing is not the best, but to me the style is unique, the animation detailed and entertaining, and the sheer invention on display is quite impressive. I can't think of any other futuristic, anthropomorphic, sixtieseque, rock and roll movie off hand. There's also a number of ideas here that worked for me and I'd like to see in other movies! The pairing of Omar and Angel is a fairly developed one, both characters being resourceful, self assured, and drawn together as well as repelled by their equally ambitious attitudes. Mok too is an interesting villain because he has convinced himself to do evil through logical reasoning, revealing in one conversation that 'evil spelled backwards is live, and we all want to do that!'
I'm also a sucker for the classic rock soundtrack. Very much like another wacky animated feature Heavy Metal, most of Rock and Rule is powered by incidental music from popular artists at the time: Earth Wind and Fire, Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop (who oddly enough also voices the demon Mok is trying to summon XD)
This is a property which has gained cult status because of its sheer uniqueness and the quality of many of its animated sequences, but its a largely ignored work since it was a box office failure. I think however in the proper hands, perhaps through the latest CGI, its a property worth looking at again because of the many things it got right and the opportunities of the bizarre license.
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bigfootRULES Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Writer

I know that people hate remakes but a re-imagining and/or remake and/or re-telling of Rock & Rule may work. They just have to make a better story that’s all. For example, things such as the human race being extinct in the far, far distant future because of World War Three, and stray dogs, stray cats and street rats evolving into humanoid animals because of atomic energy and chemical waste from the global thermonuclear war is just bad science-fiction. It doesn’t make sense and a much better, more realistic story is needed. Sci-Fi is about Science-Eventuality, the extremely advanced sciences and highly powerful technologies that will happen eventually, but just hasn’t happened yet. Ultimately, in order to make it more believable by making it more possible certain things must be changed.

The dated early 1980s rock ‘n’ roll music has to go. I’m sorry but that may have been in style back in the year 1983, but today it’s just too outdated. They could play some classic music in a scene if they needed to, but the soundtrack should be more modern and updated for the present.

The origin of the street animals that were evolved into humanoid canines, felines and rodents should be connected to advanced chemical and genetic engineering techniques. Nuclear radiation and toxic waste could still fit into a future world destroyed by the nuclear war, but we know more about what atomic bombs do now than we did 30 to 40 years ago. And we know that they don’t evolve animals into humanoids. They should be the product of a corporation trying to invent genetically-made corporate warriors that turned against mankind. That way the film could be given a biopunk/cyberpunk/dystopian/post-apocalyptic background.

Finally, it should be a Rated R action-adventure, crime drama, dark adult fantasy, horror science-fiction animated motion picture that incorporates all of the best elements of the original movie but with all of the best things that an early 21st century animated film can incorporate into itself.

Giving the movie the same look and feel, or rather something very similar could still be done in order to save the artistic quality and spirit of the old movie, but with all of the more intelligent upgrades making the movie much more serious and less silly, it would make for an awesome remake of Rock & Rule.

PsychoDemonFox Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome poster! I seen a few reviews of this movie, and I think I might give it a look. The music is nice, the art style is absolutely gorgeous, and the story... is well, it's interesting.

I wonder what your take on this movie would be like, though...
Hoshiwerewolfknight Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes! Fans! I love this movie, too, and your poster's so good, I thought it was just done from inspiration of the actual remake poster! Then I realized there isn't one...for now ^^
Great work!!
BluRaeven Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Personally, I don't know anyone who didn't LOVE this movie!! Mok is drawn so wickedly that i've been drawing him (especially his lips -- don't judge! LOL! Anyone who's seen the movie will understand...i think) since I was a kid. I thought the movie, well...ROCKS!! Rent it or buy it!! It's awesome. Your poster's awesome too!!! But isn't it: "One Voice, One Heart, One Song"?
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:D I'm glad to meet another fan!
I changed the words around a bit :lol:
But you're right, I should have used the originals ^^;
I was trying to be a epic, and may have failed just as epically :lol:
Leastwise though I'm glad the poster came out well :thanks:
BluRaeven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
LOL. You're too funny. No you didn't fail AT ALL! Wicked poster. And yes me too; I don't know anyone personally (that I didn't introduce the movie too myself) that likes/loves this movie like I do, so it the pleasure is all mine in meeting a fellow fan! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing it with us.
SilverZeo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist
You think they may make an overdue sequel to it?
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Not likely unfortunately. The movie actually did really badly.
But it would be cool if a guy like Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) came along and resurrected the idea faithfully while at the same time making it powerful :)
IchabodVering6 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Actually, I've only seen little bits of this movie, and I'd really like to see this get remade. And just by looking at the animation, I'd love to see this movie!
Thank you for posting this. =)
zarothaa Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009   Writer
I really miss hand drawn animation.
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