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Saw this for the first time in the early 80's when it showed only for times late at night on HBO. Needless to say-it blew me away!
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My favorite segment (besides Taarna) was Den [Smile] Classic Candy!
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Taarna-what a heroine! Strong, beautiful-incredible!
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My black light poster (in progress) inspired by her:
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Last but not least-the Loc-Nar. Only the most evil villain ever....
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Somebody always finds me.....

This movie also has an awesome soundtrack-part of the reason it took too long to release:
1. "Heavy Metal" Sammy Hagar)
2. "Heartbeat" (Riggs)
3. "Working in the Coal Mine" (Devo)
4. "Veteran of the Psychic Wars"Blue Öyster Cult)
5. "Reach Out" (Cheap Trick)
6. "Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)" (Don Felder)
7. "True Companion" (Donald Fagen)
8. "Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)" (Nazareth)
9. "Radar Rider" (Riggs)
10. "Open Arms" (Journey)
11. "Queen Bee" (Grand Funk Railroad)
12. "I Must Be Dreamin'" (Cheap Trick)
13. "The Mob Rules" Black Sabbath
14. "All of You" (Don Felder)
15. "Prefabricated" (Trust)
16. "Blue Lamp" (Stevie Nicks)

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Bamersy.. awesome thread for an incredible film. Wait until Harry Canyon finds this posting. We were just discussing "Heavy Metal" a couple of days ago and this movie ranks as my fav animated flick from the 80's.

I remember originally catching "Heavy Metal" on late night HBO and just being mesmerized by it. The rockin' tunes, the segmented tales, the evil of the Loc-nar, John Candy, and of course the graphic animation.

My fav segment is Captain Sternn .. it was wicked funny!

"Take it easy Bamersy. I've got an angle."

This movie was the SCTV crew having a blast.

You have no idea how many times I played the soundtrack cassette tape while cruising around in my 280z in the 80's... let's put it this way .. some people know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop.. I on the otherhand know how plays it takes to break a Heavy Metal cassette tape!

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Ultimate Den
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Death to all who Oppose us!
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How quickly things change!
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Opposites attract!
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Two day ride-with a hell of a tip!
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For Pyromantic:
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Bit of trivia:

In the segment "Den", he saves a woman about to be sacrificed to "Uhluhtc"-which is Cthulhu backwards [Smile]

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BamBam I saw this as a teenager in a theater.....(in the 90's).........I remember liking it also I may or may not have been under a certain influence at the time [Wink] I was a teenager!

Although i'm not the biggest fan of the music in it nowadays I would totally re-watch it especially because of your awesome post my dear [Big Grin]

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BamBam [Big Grin]
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How about some "Heavy Metal" (1981) trivia:

* Difficulties surrounding music licensing resulted in this film being removed from home video circulation for many years.

* Inspired by the long-running science fiction magazine of the same name, which began in Europe as Metal Hurlant. Most of the story segments such as Den are based upon stories or characters featured in the magazine.

* When the robot and the girl are walking through the spaceship arguing about their relationship, a ramp automatically lowers and they walk down it. This is a parody of the lowered ramp sequence in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), when the alien emerges from the spaceship.

* The storyline that connected the various tales was dubbed the "Grimaldi Segment". Austin Grimaldi and Joe Grimaldi were part of the sound crew on the film.

* The graffiti on the side of the space-going party palace reads "Martians are people too".

* When the aliens are stoned and flying through space, one of the damaged starships which flies by is the USS Enterprise.

* The robot that sells Harry Canyon the hot dog is Robby the Robot.

* The version of Black Sabbath's Mob Rules is different than the version from the LP of the same name that came out in 1981. The version in the movie has original drummer Bill Ward, the LP has his replacement Vinny Appice.

* In the Taarna sequence, as the Barbarian hordes overrun Kraan, for one or two frames, a bunny pops out of one of the barbarians backpacks.

* In the original Den storyline, Catherine is revealed to have been an 80-year-old woman on Earth. Like Den, her change is for the better.

* Elmer Bernstein's theme for Taarna was actually written for the film Saturn 3 (1980), for the character of Alex. The theme was never heard in the film due to it being cut out, so Bernstein used it for this film.

* Den's name is actually -- according to his creator, Richard Corben -- an acronym, and stands for David Ellis Norman.

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Just finished watching again and 2 things:

The name Grimaldi is on the mailbox at the young girl's house. Watching the Harry Canyon segment, it struck me how much the voice sounded like Mike Damone. Turns out Richard Romanus did it-the brother of Robert [Smile] He also had a part in Wizards.

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Awesome movie, i saw it when i was 12 on TBS about 18 years ago with Vampire Hunter D, Robot Carnival, Hey Good Looking, American Pop and Rock and Rule as i loved them. I even taped an uncut copy of Rock and Rule from one of my former city's video stores including Hey Good Looking but American Pop never came out on video until i was 17 but good thing Heavy Metal did when i was 15 as i bought it right away with Akira as i was hooked into adult animation since then and also bought Vampire Hunter D and Ghost in The Shell that same year of 96 especially Fire and Ice, Wizards and Starchaser with Warriors of the Wind.

I agree Taarna was a major babe! i had a bunch of animated crushes when i was 12 such as Miranda from Bonkers, Minerva Mink and Hello Nurse from Animaniacs, Poison Ivy, Jasmine from Aladdin, Callie Briggs from Swat Kats, A-Ko and B-Ko from Project A-Ko and Sally from Sonic The Hedgehog but Taarna took my breath away.

Do you think both the comic magazine and movie influenced The Fifth Element and Avatar? afterall James Cameron and Luc Besson are fans of the comic magazine and 1981 animated movie.

Speaking of James Cameron, him and David Fincher are gonna work on a new 10 story animated feature based on Heavy Metal. Both are co-directing and producing the film since both are huge fans of the original as well as other directors like Zack Snyder, Guillermo Del Toro, Jack Black, Gore Verbinski and Rob Zombie as 3 more directors are to be annonuced. They should have Yoshiatka Kawajari (Ninja Scroll, WIcked City and Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust) or Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira and Steamboy), Will Vinton and Henry Selleck (Nightmare Before Christmas) for directors. The film will use a variety of different animation in each segment such as 2D traditional animation, CGI, Clay Animation, Stop Motion, Flash and anime.

For anyone who like Heavy Metal, i recommend these similar movies:
Akira.
Ghost in The Shell.
Blade Runner.
The Fifth Element.
Avatar.
Ninja Scroll.
Princess Mononoke.
Fire and Ice.
Wizards.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds (a.k.a. Warriors of the Wind).
Beowulf.
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.
South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut.
Dead Space animated.
Dante's Inferno Animated.
Wicked City.
Urotsukidjoi: Legend of the Overfiend.
The Dark Crystal.
Fantastic Planet.
Lightyears.
Paprika.
Fist of the North Star (1986 animated).
Fritz The Cat.
Golgo 13 The Professional.
The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Starchaser Legend of Orin.
Rock and Rule.
Willow.
Conan The Barbarian.
Perfect Blue.
Hey Good Looking.
Time Masters.
Yellow Submarine.
Pink Floyd The Wall.

[ 04. November 2010, 21:13: Message edited by: HarryCanyon ]

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One more piece of trivia:

*The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saved Heavy Metal!

It's true! Kevin Eastman, one of the TMNT creators (and a huge Richard Corben fan), used part of his cartoon fortune to buy the magazine. He then spent several million on clearing up the music rights and getting the movie back into circulation on DVD.

Strange, but true... (cue eerie music) [Wink]

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Harry, small world of coincidences...my favorite animated film on your list is "Fritz the Cat." A colleague of mine and I were just discussing it. Its release in 1972 was one of those cinematic moments that happen so rarely: a unique, groundbreaking masterpiece that creates its own rules and genre is born--in this case, as the one-sheets said, "Fritz the Cat, I'm X-rated and animated." :-) I think "Fritz" depicts 1968-1972 better than just about another other film I've ever seen. I was there during that era, and it nails it. Love that film--intelligent, hilarious, socially significant, and the animation is gorgeous!
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I agree Fritz The Cat is awesome and i gotta admit for a cat chick, the girl in glasses was hot.

Adult animation rules even the mentions i mentioned are awesome like Akira to Ninja Scroll.

[ 06. November 2010, 15:05: Message edited by: HarryCanyon ]

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You are a sick, twisted individual, HarryCanyon, and I mean that with the highest respect! :-)

You choices are great. A lot of folks don't understand serious animation, I think. That's why animated movies for adults don't really do well at the box office. I do like many of the current, family friendly animated films a lot. (Pixar's stuff is always excellent, and "Despicable Me" was a surprising delight this year.) Adult animation rules, though in the safe decade that we live in today, no one in Hollywood cares anymore. There is no way a studio would make "Heavy Metal" or "Fritz" today. Or at least the way they should be done... I'm thinking present-day versions would be PG-13 and no more salacious than "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." That's a real shame.

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Well Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Beowulf and South Park The Movie were box-office hits, Waltz with Bashir was a sleeper hit. Well Hollywood needs to not be greedy and learn animation isn't always for all-ages.

Japan makes these kinds of animated movies especially hentai (a.k.a. anime porn) like Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend which is the most infamous erotic horror fantasy animated movie in Japan as it's Japan's own Fritz The Cat with it's scenes of gore, animated rape by tentacles, mutilation by demons, and every excess around that earned it's NC-17.

What is your opinion on Akira, Ghost in The Shell, Wicked City, Fist of the North Star, Ninja Scroll, Wizards, Fire and Ice, American Pop, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds (a.k.a. Warriors of the Wind), Pink Floyd The Wall, Fantastic Planet etc.?

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Fascinating discussion here, Harry. You do name a few adult animated films that were hits--as Fritz was back in the day. I would add the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie as a small cult hit. It is without question the funniest animated film I have ever seen.

I have not seen a few of your choices such as Ninja Scroll, but I think that your list is brilliant. The first time I saw Fantastic Planet I was really intoxicated, but it is wonderful. Overfiend is one of those insane films that can only come out of Japan. (I understand that a Nikkatsu pink film box set is on the way. I am there, dude!)

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Does anyone think both the magazine and movie of HM influenced both The Fifth Element and Avatar? those movies had the feel of HM magazine brought to life because both James Cameron and Luc Besson are huge fans of both 1981 movie and also the comic magazine. Avatar felt like a big screen HM issue as Cameron admits he is a fan of the comics as he claims to draw some inspiration for the world of Pandora and it's creatures from Azarath and Richard Corben.

Neytiri the Na'Vi chick is sexy for an alien chick that she could have made the cover or centerfold for HM magazine.

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quote:
Originally posted by HarryCanyon:
Does anyone think both the magazine and movie of HM influenced both The Fifth Element and Avatar?

Can't comment on Avatar as I haven't seen it yet, but The Fifth Element was certainly influenced by HM...the lead designer on the film was Jean Giraud, also known as Moebius, one of the magazine's most famous contributors.
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quote:
Does anyone think both the magazine and movie of HM influenced both The Fifth Element and Avatar? those movies had the feel of HM magazine brought to life because both James Cameron and Luc Besson are huge fans of both 1981 movie and also the comic magazine. Avatar felt like a big screen HM issue as Cameron admits he is a fan of the comics as he claims to draw some inspiration for the world of Pandora and it's creatures from Azarath and Richard Corben.
Definitely. I think the fantasy art that was common at the time and used extensively in the magazine was inspirational to a lot of filmmakers. It's only recently that the landscapes drawn then have become theoretically possible to show.

Incidentally, the special edition DVD of 'Fire and Ice' comes with a great doc on Frank Frazetta.

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Isn't that cool that James Cameron is gonna be one of the directors and producers for the new HM animated movie and sounds like an interesting experiment in animation?

They should have Quentin Tarantino for a segment since he is a fan of the original classic and maybe Yoshiakta Kawajari of NInja Scroll/Wicked City/Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust fame for a segment including Will Vinton.

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I'm seeing a resemblance here......

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A family resemblance!
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It does resemble.

Cool how Avatar was like HM magazine brought to life, who thinks Neytiri from that movie could have made a covergirl or centerfold?

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Isn't it funny how, as long as an 'alien' image doesn't stray too far from humanity, we're still capable of finding them attractive? Hormones, eh!

If humans were horses there'd be a ton of pornographic 'niche' stuff featuring donkeys and zebras: "Come on, man - stripes are hot!"

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Earth Girls Are Easy.. wait wrong thread.
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This movie has been added to Xfinity ON DEMAND..I am definitely going to be watching it again...anyone else?
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