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Rock & Rule (1983)

A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him.

Director:

Clive Smith (as Clive A. Smith)

Writers:

Patrick Loubert (story), Peter Sauder (story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Francks ... Mok (voice)
Gregory Salata Gregory Salata ... Omar (voice)
Susan Roman ... Angel (voice)
Samantha Langevin ... Mok's Computer (voice)
Dan Hennessey Dan Hennessey ... Dizzy (voice)
Greg Duffell Greg Duffell ... Stretch / Zip (voice)
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Toad (voice)
Brent Titcomb Brent Titcomb ... Sleazy (voice)
Donny Burns Donny Burns ... Quadhole / 1st Radio Announcer (voice)
Martin Lavut Martin Lavut ... Mylar / 2nd Radio Announcer (voice)
Catherine Gallant Catherine Gallant ... Cindy (voice)
Keith Hampshire Keith Hampshire ... Other Computers (voice)
Melleny Melody ... Carnegie Hall Groupie (voice) (as Melleny Brown)
Anna Bourque Anna Bourque ... Edna / Pinball Voice (voice)
Nick Nichols Nick Nichols ... Borderguard (voice)
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Storyline

Angel, a member of a punk rock band in the apocalyptic future, is kidnapped by Mok, a legendary superocker. Obsessed with a dark experiment, Mok plans to use Angel's voice to summon a demon from another dimension. The rest of the band follows Mok to Nuke York in an attempt to get her back. Written by James Ellis <3jse2@qlink.queensu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Beauty... The Beast... The Beat! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ring of Power See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,379
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Angel's Song is an early version of 'Maybe For Sure' from Deborah Harry's 1989 album 'Def, Dumb & Blonde'. See more »

Quotes

TIX News Reporter: KIX morning news update. Mok's promise to rewrite rock history was prematurely and tragically interrupted last night when an overwhelming power surge totally destroyed Carnage Hall and blacked out the entire city. Survivors described the destruction as "evil," "spooky," and "wow, bad karma, man."
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Alternate Versions

There are quite a number of differences between the Canadian TV version and the version released in the US. The main and most noticeable difference is that in the American version, Omar's voice was chosen to be re-dubbed over with another actor. In the original version, Omar was voiced by . When re-released in the United States, MGM did not approve of the dialog or voice and chose to re-dub the character with a more notable actor: . Another noticeable difference is that the original version features a higher quality soundtrack than the Ameircan version. You can actually hear the guitars as well as the back up vocals are much louder, as are some sound effects throughout the movie that are barely audible in the US version. And finally the last main difference is the Canadian version (which runs 20 seconds longer) features an expanded ending: Shortly after Mok gets thrown in the dimensional hole and Mylar comes out and starts to MC again the US version goes from here to the end credits. The Canadian goes on further showing more of Mylar talking about the show where he says "so long Mok, wherever you are", then says "just kidding, Mok's backstage, I think". Also during that they show "Zip" (the one brother that protected Omar from getting killed at the end, and instead he dies in the US version)wake up from slamming into the wall showing he did not die after all. Some other minor differences are when Stretch is playing the arcade game early in the film, in the US, it's a robotic guys voice yelling back at him, while in the Canadian version the game is a regular female voice yelling. See more »

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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Heavy Metal (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hot Dogs & Sushi
Written by Patricia Cullen and Melleny Melody
Vocals: Melleny Melody
Guitar: Toby Swann
Synthesizers: Patricia Cullen
Saxophone: Katherine Moses
Bass: Dan Colomby
Drums: Billy Bryans
Percussion: Matt Zimbel, Rick Lazar
Producer: Patricia Cullen
Recorded at Round Sound, Eastern Sound, Toronto
Engineered by David Greene
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A cult classic!
22 November 2004 | by chuuzetsuSee all my reviews

Rock & Rule was put out of print back in 1985 shortly after its first video run. Since then it has not really seen the light of day, other than on ebay auctions, random TV sightings, and most recently on Bit Torrent. Now, with a two disc special edition DVD being released, it is finally time for this film to get the attention it deserves.

Rock & Rule most likely failed because it was released in a time when animation was still dominated by the Disney/Children's market. Ralph Bakshi had a few successful films in the 70's, but as the 80's came along, he failed. Transformers (another PG animated film) failed. There were so many experimental animated films coming out, but none of them were successful, just because of its more adult-like content. Rock & Rule isn't as extreme as say some of the Bakshi film are. But, there is a strange use of drugs (with orb-like balls) in the film, sexual innuendos, language, etc., But, nothing a young teen couldn't handle.

Our story begins with some information about a war that is long passed. Humans don't exist anymore. What we have now are mutant evolutions of street animals (dogs, cats, rats, etc.,). We are introduced to Mok. He's an Iggy Pop/David Bowie sort of character. His music career is somewhat going under. It isn't as strong as it used to be.

He stumbles unto a secret code that can only be un-locked with a certain key. That key is the perfect voice. Once this code is unlocked, a beast will come and destroy all that Mok wants to be destroyed.

He stumbles upon a struggling band in his local town led by Omar and Angel. Omar sings the first song. Then Angel sings the second. When Mok hears this, he discovers the perfect voice. So, he does a little heist and kidnaps her and takes her to "Nuke York" to perform. After Omar and his friends wake up from a drug-haze, they travel to Nuke York to try and save her.

Animation is splendid for its time. Crazy visuals. Especially during the "Triumph" scene. It's almost like a psychedelic trip. The music is also great, featuring Cheap Trick, Earth Wind and fire, Iggy Pop, etc.,

I suggest any fan of animation check this out once it comes out on DVD (whenever that may be, but it will be soon). It ain't a cult classic amongst true animation fans for nothing!


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