Although it featured songs by Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, and Earth, Wind & Fire, Rock and Rule (Canada, 1983) never received a general US release. Set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by mutants, the underdeveloped story centers on the rock star Mok and his efforts to summon a demon from another dimension. Only the voice of aspiring singer Angel can cross the dimensional barrier and free the monster. A series of chases and concerts leads to Mok's destruction by Angel and her true love/singing partner Omar. Clive Smith's direction is simply inept: the story plods along listlessly; the characters change motivation on a dime; the crude CG special effects are squandered in minor scenes, rather than used to punch up the climax.
Rock and Rule reflects the confusion of the animation industry in the early '80s. Yellow Submarine and Fritz the Cat had proved there was an audience for hip, edgy animated features. But nobody could make a good one, and a series of bombs caused animation to be labeled box-office poison. More than 20 years later, Rock and Rule holds a curiosity value for fans of old rock, but it's not a memorable film. (Rated PG: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, alcohol, drug, and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
Loved it! The cleaned up video was much better than the original and the sound was crisp. My favorite snimated video since I was a kid!Published 4 months ago by Jason L. Watson
Bizarre but awesome rock-opera! Interesting cast of characters, I was very thrilled by this!Published 8 months ago by Nik
Directed in the tradition of Heavy Metal, this is a really great masterpiece. Many thanks!Published 10 months ago by Doug Gervais