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Heavy Metal (1981)

R  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  7 August 1981 (USA)
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A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Grimaldi (segment "Grimaldi") / Co-Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Caroline Semple ...
Girl (segment "Grimaldi") (voice)
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Girl (segment "Harry Canyon") / Satellite (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Al Waxman ...
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Alien (segment "Harry Canyon") / Henchman (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
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Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / Robot (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Glenis Wootton Gross ...
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Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") / Queen (segment "Den") (voice)
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Katherine (segment "Den") (voice)
Martin Lavut ...
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Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice)
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Prosecutor (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice)
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Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn") / Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") / Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
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Lawyer (segment "Captain Sternn") / General (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
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Storyline

A sweeping story of the battle of good against evil is told through an anthology of short animated films about a glowing green orb (the Loc-Nar) that is the personification of ultimate evil in the universe. Based loosely on the American magazine "Heavy Metal," and the French magazine "Métal Hurlant". Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Release Date:

7 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heavy Metal: Universo em Fantasia  »

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$9,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the Taarna sequence, as the Barbarian hordes overrun Kraan, a bunny pops out of a barbarian's bedroll for one or two frames. See more »

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In the "Den" story, the Queen gets up nude after sex, then is suddenly wearing a blue loincloth-type garment. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: A shadow shall fall over the universe, and evil will grow in its path, and death will come from the skies.
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Open Arms
Performed by Journey
Written by Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain
Publisher: Weedhigh/Nightmare Music, BMI
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Growing Up
11 March 2003 | by (The ATL) – See all my reviews

I'd imagine a lot of people commenting on this site are within a certain demographic and age group as am I. I notice quite a few comments from people who were in their teens when they saw this movie and identified with it and now who cannot fathom it. To them I say, it's not for you now. It was for you then. This is one of those movies that is aimed at people from the ages of 16 to 20 who are just starting to see what the world is about and what a difference they can make if they try. It's about having dreams and pursuing them and it's about making sure that you don't get carried away in the process. It gives you an idea of what awaits you in the wide world and yet it tells you that if you hold true to what you are and make things happen you will get what you want out of life in the end. Now, the animation isn't as good as even the old Batman/Tarzan Saturday morning cartoons of the 70's, but it has style for days. The soundtrack has become a top selling CD although released years afterwards. The voice characterizations are as good as any animated film ever made. And last but not least, it has John Candy, who, in my book, just has to show up to make a movie. Whether you stay to watch the rest of that particular movie is entirely up to you ... 9 out of 10.


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