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.