Even though Heavy Metal (from 1981) may be somewhat silly and incredibly disjointed at times, it is an impressively animated anthology of 8 sexy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories set to (what else? - but) heavy metal music.
These fantastic stories of graphic violence, female nudity and perverse sexuality were adapted for this film from the original Heavy Metal comic book, which was all produced by the magazine's publisher, himself, Leonard Mogel.
Heavy Metal's stories follow the path of a glowing green orb called Loc-Nar that contains the sum total of all the evil in the entire Universe. Loc-Nar travels continually through time and space, spreading violence and discordance everywhere in its wicked wake.
Heavy Metal's artists and animators were recruited from 17 different countries. The animation process used in Heavy Metal was the old, roto-scope technique, which consisted of filming models and actors, then tracing the shot onto film for animation purposes.
To be sure - Heavy Metal is an adult, animated, feature film that is certainly not gonna appeal to everyone.
HEAVY METAL is not at all as I recall it. I forgot that almost each animated vignette features a buxom naked woman ready to be mounted. Our sexual mores, at least what we are willing to express on film, have become more conservative.
Not all the stories in this movie are great but the last half hour, with Bernsteins gorgeous soundtrack as performed by the
London Phil. With the unique ondes martenot instrument, is truly breathtaking. The animation is a little Bakshi like gritty though.
Still a classic. Even with the boring graphics the storyline is a great one.
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