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A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Don Francks ... Grimaldi (segment "Grimaldi") / Co-Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Caroline Semple ... Girl (segment "Grimaldi") (voice)

Richard Romanus ... Harry Canyon (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)

Susan Roman ... Girl (segment "Harry Canyon") / Satellite (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Al Waxman ... Rudnick (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)

Harvey Atkin ... Alien (segment "Harry Canyon") / Henchman (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)

John Candy ... Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / Robot (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Glenis Wootton Gross ... Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)

Marilyn Lightstone ... Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") / Queen (segment "Den") (voice)

Jackie Burroughs ... Katherine (segment "Den") (voice)
Martin Lavut ... Ard (segment "Den") (voice)

August Schellenberg ... Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice)

John Vernon ... Prosecutor (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice)

Eugene Levy ... Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn") / Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") / Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)

Joe Flaherty ... Lawyer (segment "Captain Sternn") / General (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)

Rodger Bumpass ... Hanover Fiste (segment "Captain Sternn") / Dr. Anrak (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice) (as Roger Bumpass)
Douglas Kenney ... Regolian (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice)

George Touliatos ... Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Zal Yanovsky ... Navigator (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Patty Dworkin ... Woman Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)

Warren Munson ... Senator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Alice Playten ... Gloria (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)

Harold Ramis ... Zeke (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)

Vlasta Vrana ... Barbarian Leader (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Mavor Moore ... Elder (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Thor Bishopric ... Boy (segment "Taarna") (voice)

Len Doncheff ... Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)

Cedric Smith ... Bartender (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Joseph Golland ... Councilman (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Charles Jolliffe ... Councilman (segment "Taarna") (voice) (as Charles Joliffe)
Ned Conlon ... Councilman (segment "Taarna") (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Percy Rodrigues ... Loknar (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Potterton 
Writing credits
Daniel Goldberg (screenplay) (as Dan Goldberg) &
Len Blum (screenplay)

Dan O'Bannon (original story) (segment "Soft Landing")

Daniel Goldberg (story) (segment "Harry Canyon") (as Dan Goldberg) &
Len Blum (story) (segment "Harry Canyon")

Richard Corben (original story) (segment "Den")

Bernie Wrightson (original story) (segment "Captain Sternn") (as Berni Wrightson)

Dan O'Bannon (story) (segment "B-17")

Angus McKie (original story) (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")

Daniel Goldberg (story) (segment "Taarna") (as Dan Goldberg) &
Len Blum (story) (segment "Taarna")

Jean Giraud  characters and situations (segment "Taarna") (uncredited)

Produced by
Vic Atkinson .... sequence producer (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
John Coates .... sequence producer (segment "Soft Landing")
Michael C. Gross .... associate producer (as Michael Gross)
John Halas .... sequence producer (segment "Grimaldi")
Richard Hawley .... associate producer
Jerry Hibbert .... sequence producer (segment "Den")
Peter Lebensold .... associate producer
Leonard Mogel .... executive producer
Lawrence Nesis .... associate producer
Ivan Reitman .... producer
W.H. Stevens Jr. .... sequence producer (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Film Editing by
Ian Llande (segment "Den")
Mick Manning (segment "Soft Landing")
Gerald Tripp (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Production Design by
Michael C. Gross  (as Michael Gross)
Art Direction by
Pat Gavin (segment "Den")
Production Management
Dominic Anciano .... production manager (segment "Soft Landing")
Francis Gallagher .... production manager: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Valerie Gifford .... production manager (segment "Taarna")
Daniel Goldberg .... post-production supervisor (as Dan Goldberg)
Andrew Gryn .... unit manager: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Susan Kapigian .... production manager (segment "Captain Sternn")
Jack King .... production manager (segment "Grimaldi")
Christine Larocque .... production supervisor
Philip Lynch .... production manager (segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Elizabeth Murdoch .... assistant production supervisor
Bob Yuile .... production manager (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Yuile .... assistant director (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Richard Hawley .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Christos Achilleos .... designer (segment "Taarna") (as Chris Achilleos)
Neal Adams .... designer (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Brent Boates .... designer (segment "Taarna")
Christian Bénard .... designer (segment "Taarna")
Howard Chaykin .... designer (segment "Taarna")
Kurt Conner .... storyboard artist (segment "Taarna")
Richard Corben .... original art (segment "Den")
John Dorman .... storyboard artist (segment "Taarna")
Jeffrey Gatrall .... storyboard artist (segment "Taarna")
Rusty Gilligan .... storyboard artist
Juan Giménez .... designer (segment "Harry Canyon")
Juan Giménez .... storyboard artist (segment "Harry Canyon")
J.S. Goert .... designer (segment "Taarna")
Blake James .... designer (segment "B-17")
Sherman Labby .... storyboard artist (segment "Taarna")
Brian Larkin .... storyboard artist (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Angus McKie .... designer (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Angus McKie .... original art (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Lee Mishkin .... storyboard director (segment "B-17")
Phillip Norwood .... designer (segment "Taarna")
Michael G. Ploog .... designer (segments "B-17" and "Taarna") (as Mike Ploog)
Alex Tavoularis .... designer (segment "Taarna")
Hank Tucker .... storyboard artist (segment "Taarna")
Ira Turek .... designer (segment "Taarna")
George Ungar .... designer (segment "Taarna")
Thomas Warkentin .... original art (segment "Soft Landing")
Harold Whitaker .... storyboard artist (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Charles White III .... designer (segment "Taarna")
Bernie Wrightson .... original art (segment "Captain Sternn") (as Berni Wrightson)
Corny Cole .... designer (segment "Neverwhereland") (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marc Chiasson .... sound effects editor
Rod Crawley .... sound effects editor
Austin Grimaldi .... sound re-recordist
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recordist
Joanne Hovey .... assistant sound editor
Joanne Hovey .... sound effects editor
Peter Jermyn .... synthesized sound effects
Andy Malcolm .... post sync sound effects
Peter McBurnie .... post sync sound effects
Tony Reed .... dialogue editor
Nick Rotundo .... assistant sound editor
Peter Thillaye .... supervising sound editor
Gord Thompson .... assistant sound editor (as Gordon Thompson)
Gord Thompson .... sound effects editor (as Gordon Thompson)
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Jerry L. Allen .... model construction (segment "Taarna")
Judy Allen .... model construction (segment "Taarna")
Terry Allen .... model construction (segment "Taarna")
Don Amundson .... travelling shot (segment "Taarna")
Barry Atkinson .... special effects (segment "B-17")
Lee Atkinson .... special effects (segment "B-17")
Rodolfo Azaro .... airbrush artist (segment "Soft Landing") (as Rudolfo Azaro)
Brian Borthwick .... model construction (segment "Grimaldi")
Brian Borthwick .... technical artist (segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
John Bruno .... director of special effects
Gordon Coulthart .... special effects (segment "Harry Canyon")
Mick Crane .... airbrush artist (segment "Soft Landing")
Lee Dyer .... effects animator (segment "Taarna")
Vance Frederick .... model construction (segment "Taarna")
Alex Funke .... travelling shot (segment "Taarna")
Dale Herigstad .... animator: main title
Wayne Kimball .... camera effects (segment "Taarna")
John Leprovost .... animator: main title (as John LePrevost)
Michele Moen .... background painter: special effects (segment "Taarna")
Harry Moreau .... camera effects (segment "Taarna") (as Harry J. Moreau)
Max Morgan .... camera operator: multiplane (segment "Taarna") (as Maxwell Morgan)
Rex Neville .... special effects (segment "Den")
Peter Petronio .... special effects (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Philip Phillipson .... background painter: special effects (segment "Taarna")
Arthur Provis .... model photography (segment "Grimaldi")
Robert Schaefer .... background painter: special effects (segment "Taarna") (as Bob Schaefer)
Gregory Schafer .... camera operator: multiplane (segment "Taarna")
Eric Semones .... background painter: special effects (segment "Taarna")
Scott Sinclair .... model construction (segment "Taarna")
Jay Teitzell .... animator: main title
Tim Tondreault .... model construction (segment "Taarna")
Lisa Atkinson .... painter (uncredited)
Ben Ballon .... special effects (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... maintitle animation element cinematography: Bo Gehring Associates (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
André Beaulieu .... assistant camera: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Peter Bromley .... camera operator (segment "Taarna")
Peter Brown .... camera assistant (segment "Taarna")
Michèle Carrier .... camera assistant (segment "Taarna")
Gabriel Caya .... camera assistant (segment "Taarna")
Peter Jones .... camera operator (segment "Den")
Serge Langlois .... camera operator (segment "Taarna")
Claude Lapierre .... camera operator (segments "Captain Sternn" and "Taarna")
Warren Lipton .... still photographer: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Graham Orrin .... camera operator (segment "Den")
Peter Petronio .... camera operator (segment "Grimaldi")
Richard Potterton .... camera operator: video (segment "Taarna")
Jean Robillard .... camera operator (segment "Taarna")
Peter Turner .... camera operator (segments "Soft Landing" and "Den")
Paul Van der Linden .... camera operator: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Richard Wolff .... camera operator (segment "Den")
Robert Edward Crawford .... camera operator: rostrum camera (uncredited)
Ray Evans .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ron Haines .... camera operator (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17") (uncredited)
Animation Department
José Abel .... key animator (segment "Taarna")
Viki Anderson .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Vicky Wintz)
Danny Antonucci .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Barry Atkinson .... background artist (segment "B-17")
Barry Atkinson .... color coordinator (segment "B-17")
Lee Atkinson .... color coordinator (segment "B-17")
Vic Atkinson .... animator (segment "B-17")
Hilary Audus .... animator (segments "Soft Landing" and "Den")
Carlos Baeza .... background artist (segment "Taarna") (as Carlos Lillo Baeza)
Colin Baker .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Robert Balser .... animator (segment "Den") (as Bob Balser)
Michael Bannon .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Jean Bello .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Alan Best .... background artist (segment "Den")
Alexandra Bex .... paint and trace coordinator (segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Christiane Bissonnette .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Phyllis Blumenfeld .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Brent Boates .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Andrew Breen .... assistant animator (segment "Soft Landing")
Michel Breton .... background artist (segment "Captain Sternn")
Michel Breton .... layout artist (segment "Captain Sternn")
Kevin Brownie .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
John Bruno .... sequence director (segment "Soft Landing")
Errol Bryant .... background artist (segment "Den")
Sue Butterworth .... layout artist (segment "Harry Canyon")
Christian Bénard .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Roland Carter .... paint and trace coordinator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Kathi Castillo .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Cathy Castillo)
Anne Chevalier .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Roger Chiasson .... animator (segment "Taarna") (as Rodger Chiasson)
Chris Chu .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Christopher Chu)
Joan Churchill .... paint and trace supervisor (segment "Taarna")
Scott Claus .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Vanessa Clegg .... background artist (segment "Den")
Jim Cleland .... assistant animator (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Bobby Clennell .... animator (segment "Den")
Hester Coblentz .... assistant animator (segment "Den")
Richard Coleman .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Kurt Conner .... assistant animator (segment "Den")
Kurt Conner .... layout supervisor (segment "Taarna")
Gordon Coulthart .... color coordinator (segment "Harry Canyon")
John Cousen .... animator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Paul Cowen .... assistant animator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
John Cox .... assistant animator (segments "Den" and "Taarna")
Rich Cox .... animator (segment "Den")
Dan Craig .... assistant animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
Ian Craig .... background artist (segment "Den")
Doug Crane .... animator (segment "Den") (as Douglas Crane)
Doug Crane .... animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
Jane Jurasek Currie .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Ray daSilva .... animator (segment "Harry Canyon") (as Ray de Silva)
Retta Davidson .... assistant animation supervisor (segment "Taarna")
Daniel de Niger .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Daniel DeCelles .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Daniel DeCelles .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Bernie Denk .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Bernie Denk .... layout artist (segment "Taarna")
John Dorman .... layout artist (segment "Taarna")
Chuck Downs .... animator (segment "Taarna") (as Charlie Downs)
Malcolm Draper .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Norman Drew .... animator (segment "Taarna") (as Norm Drew)
Michael Dudok de Wit .... animator (segment "Den")
Helga Egilson .... assistant animator (segment "Den")
David Elvin .... layout artist (segment "Den")
Marie Faucher .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Richard Fawdry .... animator (segment "Den")
David Feiss .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Ian Freedman .... assistant animator (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Euan Frizzell .... animator (segment "Grimaldi")
Al Gaivoto .... animator (segment "Taarna") (as Alvaro Gaivoto)
Zdenko Gasparovic .... key animator (segment "Taarna")
Joseph Gilland .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Scott Glynn .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Milton Gray .... key animator (segment "Taarna") (as Milt Gray)
Sebastian Grunstra .... animator (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17") (as Sebastian)
Paul Gruwell .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Michel Guerin .... background artist (segment "Harry Canyon")
John Halas .... sequence director (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Jeff Hale .... animator (segment "B-17")
Jackie Hall .... color coordinator (segment "Den")
Julian Harris .... key animator (segment "Captain Sternn") (as Julian Szuchopa)
Julian Harris .... sequence director (segment "Captain Sternn") (as Julian Szuchopa)
Joanna Harrison .... animator (segments "Soft Landing" and "Den") (as Joanna Fryer)
Michael Hayes .... paint and trace supervisor (segment "Den") (as Mike Hayes)
Fred Hellmich .... animator (segment "B-17")
Fred Hellmich .... layout artist (segment "B-17")
Jerry Hibbert .... animator (segment "Den")
Mike Hibbert .... animator (segment "Den")
Michael Hirsh .... background artist (segment "Den")
Renee Holt .... assistant animation supervisor (segment "Taarna")
Richard Hoover .... layout artist (segment "Taarna")
Dick Horn .... animator (segment "Den")
Pierre Houde .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Blake James .... layout artist (segment "B-17")
Susan Kapigian .... assistant animator (segment "Captain Sternn")
Susan Kapigian .... paint and trace supervisor (segment "Captain Sternn")
János Kass .... background artist (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (as Janos Kass)
Michael Kaweski .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Sam Kirson .... background artist (segment "Soft Landing")
Ruth Kissane .... animator (segments "B-17" and "Taarna")
Bert Kitchen .... background artist (segment "Den")
Tapani Knuutila .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Knuutila A. Tapani)
Lureline Kohler .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Lureline Weatherly)
Julie Krasniewicz .... assistant animator (segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Brian Larkin .... animation director (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Brian Larkin .... animator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Brian Larkin .... layout artist (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Raymond Lebrun .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Michel Lemire .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Michael Lessa .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Elizabeth Lewis .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Elizabeth Lewis Steele)
Leticia Lichtwardt .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Leticia Ruiz)
Bill Littlejohn .... animator (segment "B-17")
Dave Livesey .... animator (segment "Den")
Lonnie Lloyd .... layout artist (segments "Grimaldi" and "Taarna")
Mike Lodge .... assistant animator (segment "Soft Landing")
Reg Lodge .... animator (segment "Den")
Michael Longden .... animator (segment "Taarna") (as Mike Longden)
Ernesto Lopez .... key animator (segment "Taarna")
Roger Mainwood .... animator (segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Rick Maki .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Roderick Miles Maki)
Sue Mantle .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Hasmig Marangian .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Mauro Maressa .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Danielle Marleau .... background supervisor (segment "Taarna")
Brenda Martin .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Lorenzo Martinez .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Lorenzo Martinez .... layout artist (segments "Grimaldi" and "Taarna")
Gaston Marzio .... assistant animator (segments "Den" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Alain Masicotte .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Marie-Christiane Mathieu .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Paul McGarry .... assistant animator (segment "Captain Sternn")
Alastair McIlwain .... animator (segment "Den")
Angus McKie .... background artist (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Robyn Milks .... paint and trace supervisor (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Robyn Milks .... xerox supervisor (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Peter Miller .... animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
Bernie Mireault .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Gary Mooney .... key animator (segments "Captain Sternn" and "Taarna")
Russ Mooney .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Wayne Morris .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Jimmy T. Murakami .... sequence director (segment "Soft Landing") (as Jimmy T. Murikami)
Sharon Murray .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Art Nelles .... background artist (segment "B-17")
Barrie Nelson .... sequence director (segment "B-17")
Sean Newton .... key animator (segment "Taarna")
Judith Niver .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Phillip Norwood .... assistant animator (segment "Den")
Belinda Oldford .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Richard Ollive .... background artist (segment "Den")
Les Orton .... assistant animator (segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Fabio Pacifico .... animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
Spencer Peel .... animator (segments "B-17" and "Taarna")
Bill Perkins .... animator (segment "B-17")
John Perkins .... animator (segments "Grimaldi" and "Den")
Anne E. Petersen .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Ted Pettengell .... background artist (segment "Grimaldi") (as Ted Pettingell)
Ted Pettengell .... layout artist (segment "Den") (as Ted Pettingell)
Philip Phillipson .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Weldon Poapst .... paint and trace supervisor (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Weldon Poapst .... xerox supervisor (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Corina Poore .... assistant animator (segment "Den")
Steve Rabatich .... assistant animator (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Edric Radage .... animator (segment "Den")
Shivan Ramsaran .... key animator (segment "Captain Sternn")
Irene Rappaport .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
William Recinos .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Greg Reyna .... animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
Børge Ring .... animator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Louise Robinson .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Mitch Rochon .... key animator (segment "Taarna")
Norm Roen .... animator (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Denis Ryan .... background artist (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Paul Sabella .... key animator (segment "Captain Sternn")
Paul Sabella .... sequence director (segment "Captain Sternn")
Mike Salter .... assistant animator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Jean Sarault .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Mireille Sarault .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Philip Scarrold .... assistant animator (segment "Den") (as Phil Scarrold)
Pat Schaverien .... assistant animator (segment "Den")
Chris Schouten .... animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
George Scribner .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Paul Shardlow .... background artist (segment "Den")
Paul Shardlow .... layout artist (segment "Den")
Kunio Shimamura .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Ron Stangl .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Grace Stanzell .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Ken Stephenson .... animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
Jack Stokes .... animator (segment "Den")
Jack Stokes .... sequence director (segment "Den")
Paul Stone .... assistant animator (segment "Den")
Joanne Storch .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Mike Stribling .... animator (segment "Taarna") (as Michael Stribling)
Susan Sugita .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Danny Tarondo .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Marilyn Taylor .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Wynn Thomas .... background artist (segment "Den") (as Wyn Thomas)
Dan Thompson .... key animator (segment "Taarna")
Marshall Lee Toomey .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Marshall Toomey)
Pierre Tremblay .... paint and trace supervisor (segment "B-17")
Pierre Tremblay .... xerox supervisor (segment "B-17")
Richard Tremblay .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Richard Max Tremblay)
France Trudeau .... assistant paint and trace supervisor (segment "Taarna")
Marianne Tucker .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Mary Ann Tucker)
George Ungar .... animator (segment "Taarna")
George Ungar .... layout artist (segment "Taarna")
Pino Van Lamsweerde .... sequence director (segment "Harry Canyon")
Rick Villeneuve .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Richard Villeneuve)
Norton Virgien .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Barry Ward .... assistant paint and trace supervisor (segment "Taarna")
Neal Warner .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Rosemary Welch .... assistant animator (segment "Den")
Helen Wenzelbach .... assistant animator (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Stephen Weston .... animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
Harold Whitaker .... animation director (segment "Grimaldi")
Harold Whitaker .... animator (segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Harold Whitaker .... layout artist (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Harold Whitaker .... sequence director (segment "Grimaldi")
Robin White .... assistant animator (segment "Harry Canyon")
Mike Williams .... animator (segment "Den")
Terry Windell .... background artist (segment "Taarna")
Terry Windell .... layout artist (segments "Grimaldi", "Captain Sternn" and "Taarna")
Michael Wolf .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Arnie Wong .... animator (segment "Taarna")
Don Wong .... layout artist (segment "B-17")
Ronald Wong .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Hugh Workman .... assistant animator (segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous")
Lynn Yamazaki .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna")
Woody Yocum .... animator (segment "Taarna") (as Trell W. Yokum)
Mária Zsebényi .... assistant animator (segment "Taarna") (as Marika Schwarcz)
Corny Cole .... animator (segment "Neverwhereland") (uncredited)
Katherine Fitzgerald .... cel painter (uncredited)
George Murphy .... animator (segments "Harry Canyon" and "Den") (uncredited)
George Murphy .... assistant animator (segment "Harry Canyon") (uncredited)
Hans Perk .... assistant animator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (uncredited)
Kathy St. Germain .... cel painter (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Peter Aries .... editing assistance
Janice Brown .... supervising editor
Jeff Bushelman .... editorial consultant
Thomas Cadieux .... editing assistance
Marc Kaskouski .... editing assistance
Jason Levy .... assistant editor
Eva Ruggiero .... editorial consultant
Gary Toole .... editing assistance
Music Department
Irving Azoff .... executive producer: soundtrack album
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor
Peter Bernstein .... orchestrator
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Bob Destocki .... producer: soundtrack album
Keith Grant .... recording engineer
Jeanne Loriod .... musician: ondes martinot
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator
Gary Pihl .... composer: additional music
David Spear .... orchestrator
Bruce Dickinson .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Katherine Fitzgerald .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Christina Asimacopoulos .... production secretary
Nicole Beaudry-Pilon .... assistant: Gerald Potterton
Gerard Brunet .... production assistant: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Michèle Carrier .... production assistant: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Carole Desbiens .... model: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Jacqueline Johnson .... production secretary
Michael Larocque .... production assistant: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Christian Lecour .... production assistant
Wendy Loblaw .... production secretary
Burke Mattsson .... title designer
Joe Medjuck .... production coordinator
Richard Potterton .... production assistant: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Irene Rappaport .... production assistant: live action shoot (segment "Taarna")
Clennell Rawson .... coordinator (segment "Den")
Nick Roberts .... production assistant (segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
David B. Simpson .... technical advisor (segment "Taarna")
Tracy Stundon .... production assistant
Joel Thingvall .... story editor
Debby Tiffin .... script assistant
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)

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86 min | USA:90 min (premiere)
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Argentina:18 | Australia:M (original rating) | Australia:MA (video rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:M18 | South Africa:13LS | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 26394) | West Germany:16

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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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111 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
Animation is not just for kids and male teens., 8 October 2002
Author: lambiepie-2 from Los Angeles, CA

I waited a bit before contributing a review for I wanted to read a few reviews to see if what I thought would be true...and it is. So let a lady step in and point out a few things for those who are interested in viewing this film.

This film was actually started in 1978, and finally released in 1981 and I was there to see it. It is based on the adult fantasy sci-fi America version magazine "Heavy Metal". The original origin of the magazine is French, very adult, very graphic, very sci-fi, lotsa nudity BUT excellent and compelling storytelling.

The key phrase is "Adult, Fantasy, Illustrated".

Just because its a 'cartoon', does not mean its for kids.

Looking at the Animation now in 2002, its dated. In the mid-80's Japanese Anime has set and kept raising the bar on this kind of adult anime genre. This early mainstream American attempt was good, for it had a good model, the magazine, Heavy Metal.

If Heavy Metal had waited to be produced until now, with all the advancements on technology, animation, graphics, art we have at our disposal, I only wish that the popular artists and storytellers of the magazine Heavy Metal were involved. It would be a different film indeed, and it would get an NC-17 rating. The only pieces that were trademarks of the Heavy Metal magazine were "Soft Landing"/"Grimaldi" "Den" and "Taarna".

More specifically, "Taarna" WAS exactly what the American Heavy Metal Magazine was all about and uncredited was Jean Giraud who has done a hell of a lot of work in the magazines history....both American and French versions is the cause for that. You may know his work by his other more famous name, "Moebius".

If you ask me, the film could have gone one of two ways: just like the magazine story by story without the silly connector of the green orb, or with just the one story of "Taarna". Back in 1978-1981, I would assume the Studio Executives could not venture into that manner without getting squeamish about box office so what we have is a tip-toe cross blend between the two. On one level it works, on another it does not. Its a viewers decision.

I like this 1981 version of the movie Heavy Metal, although a few stories didn't live up to the level of the magazine content..or were not presented as such. "Neverwhereland" should have NEVER been cut, I would have taken it over "Captain Stern" any day. "Neverwhereland" seemed to be along the lines of the magazines' content, too bad it wasn't included. "Harry Canyon" I could have taken or left, made no difference.

Additionally, I JUST loved "Den" and "B-17". I loved the soundtrack, for Metal is America. But just like the magazine, it was adult, it was fantasy, violent at points and contained nudity. It was early "R" Adult Animation American Style. (I know...Fritz the Cat was an "X" rated Animation that instead of using humans, used felines. Besides, Fritz was Ralph Bakshi's ticket outa Disney Animation and Robert Crumb is the 70's counter culture!)

This film, "Heavy Metal" was also marketed as the male dream: Metal Music, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Nudity.

But wait...why was I...a woman interested?!?!?

It was "Taarna". This was the first animated woman in an American made mainstream animated adult feature film that the world needed, that the world depended upon, that was tough, that was independent, not a size four but voluptous, and was still very sexy. Nowadays, it may not mean much, but in 1981 when I was a teen and saw this, it meant a lot. Snow White, she wasn't and was she the Wicked Witch of the West either and that is how women were portrayed up till the release of Heavy Metal.

When I read a few stories in the adult magazines Heavy Metal from the late 70's to the early 90's, both American and French versions, the women in the majority of the stories, although drawn by European men and set in uncertain futures, wear...and in many cases...don't wear at all... and involved in explicit sexual situations..the women WERE the heroes!!

All in all, keep in mind Heavy Metal was made for an adult audience, just like the magazine. It's not just for the teenaged guys, its not just for the stoned and metal heads, its not just for the trekies or x-filers. It's a good effort for its time but if you're expectting work like in late 80s/90's Japanese Anime like "Katsuhiro Ôtomo's Akira", etc., or 2001's "Taro Rin's Metropolis" remember its 1981, and American, and NOT quite like its name sake Magazines, but its still good.

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