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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!
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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
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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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PsychoDemonFox 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...
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Hoshiwerewolfknight 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!!
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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"?
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jarredspekter 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:
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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.
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SilverZeo Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist
You think they may make an overdue sequel to it?
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jarredspekter 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 :)
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IchabodVering6 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. =)
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zarothaa Jul 31, 2009   Writer
I really miss hand drawn animation.
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surrealdeamer Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the way old cell animation looks, especialy the way the backgrounds look. The way they are painted really has a way of looking realistic and somewhat depressing and cold.

CG is over-rated.
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