World Famous Comics: Rock & Rule (2-Disc Collector's Edition) |
| Rock & Rule (2-Disc Collector's Edition) |
|Starring: Don Francks, Susan Roman, Samantha Langevin, Paul Le Mat, Dan Hennessey|
Directed By: Clive A. Smith
Average Rating: see reviews
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Special Edition
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Items: 2
Region Code: 1
Release Date: June 07, 2005
Running Time: 77 minutes
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In this acclaimed, animated rock and roll feature, Angel, a member of a punk rock band in the apocalyptic future, is kidnapped by Mok, a legendary super rocker. Obsessed with an evil experiment, Mok plans to use Angel s voice to summon a demon from another dimension. The rest of the band follow Mok to Nuke York in an attempt to rescue her and then the ultimate battle of good vs. evil begins.
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. Mok pursues Angel through series of chases and concerts that produce complications involving her true love/singing partner Omar and his band. 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
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