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.
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.
I wonder what your take on this movie would be like, though...
I changed the words around a bit
But you're right, I should have used the originals
I was trying to be a epic, and may have failed just as epically
Leastwise though I'm glad the poster came out well
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
Thank you for posting this.
CG is over-rated.
I think maybe a remake should use just elements of CGI (like in Titan A.E) rather then being completely in CG, which always looks really fake to me. A combination of live action, CGI, and traditional animation could really give this project legs.
I still watch the original film and enjoy the sheer amount of detail in the backgrounds.
A blimp stands out in particular.
Its sort of like Heavy Metal in many ways; utterly confusing at times, but so darn unique its hard to cast aside completely.
Full frontal nudity, drug use, blood, harsh language, devil worship...
We were spoiled back then! XD
haven't seen the movie though:/