Escape to the Movies: Heavy Metal

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Heavy Metal

This week MovieBob fondles the animation cult classic Heavy Metal.

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Very cool bob. Love what ya do.

Soon as i seen Heavy Metal i thought of that South Park epsode where they that th emick outta it. Nice review, i dont think i would see the film like, too many animated boobies for my liking!

I guess I never really thought about how hard it was to see boobs when I was a kid. Bob freaking nailed it!

Somehow, I hope our generation makes it hard for our grandkids to find boobs (because you appreciate something more when you have to work for it)

I've always been curious about this one back in my days when I started listening to metal. I read up on it and didn't really find the premise all that appealing, but I figured I'd watch it at some point or another just to say I did.

... Uncomfortable, to say the least.
God, parents are irresponsible nowadays.

disappointing, also what where there 6 of? i dont know what we where supposed to count.

Oh, my.

The days when I'd find the Playboy channel on the cable dial and peered at the static-filled screen just trying to catch a glimpse of the goods... and considering it was still scrambled, accepting the fact that they were green, meaning whichever bunny was bouncing around was related in some way to She-Hulk...

Thanks, MovieBob, for taking me back in time like that.

I've only seen Heavy Metal 2000 ...it was weird, great review and thanks for illustrating how hard it was to see knockers back in the day XD

Wait... Moviebob is trying to say that it was hard to for kids to see boobs in the 1980s?

[Blinks]

Okay, thinking back to the 1980s it occured to me that this was the golden age of the PG-13 "boobie flash" movie. We had films like "Zapped" which used telekinesis as a gimmick to have a dude rip girl's shirts open (more or less). Then we had the whole "Porky's" thing and tons of other movies. Oh yes, and then there was "Revenge Of The Nerds".

Indeed the "nudity" and ultra-violence lead to the entire European "Video Nasties" list and an attempt to basically engage in massive censorship. This leaked into the US somewhat but eventually died out. It reminds me vaguely of the entire scare over sex and violence in video games (and like the video nasties is mostly pointed at horror it seems).

While it's true that not everyone had a VCR and TV in their room, most families DID have one and this was also the golden age of both video piracy, and mom and pops video rental businesses which were literally opening up everywhere as one of the big business booms due to the popularity of the format.

As the "Video Nasties" pointed out most people running these places didn't much care what kids rented. One of the reasons why they make such a big deal about carding kids trying to get "R" rated movies and such nowadays.

The point being that kids could just walk in rent whatever they wanted, mom and dad probably didn't pay that much attention if the kids wanted to go rent a couple of movies and watch them while they were at work or whatever.

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At any rate as far as Heavy Metal goes, I can see the criticisms despite being a big fan myself. I think one of the problems with it is that it hasn't aged well. While it IS true that there was animation and such that was much better, there was also a lot of it that was worse. For example Ralph Bakshi might be remembered for "Fire and Ice" and working with Frank Frazetta to make it, but he also produced things like "Street Fight", and "Wizards".

While there were similar things I believe Heavy Metal largely succeeded because it was dealing with concepts (science fiction, etc..) that were still uncommon, even if not totally original. I think this is also the appeal of "Wizards" which is another cult classic.

Basically I think there is more to it's status than "it showed tits" but it simply hasn't aged gracefully. Nowadays you can find anime that outdoes it in pretty much every way, BUT that wasn't the case at the time, and also if you look at what the anime of the time period looked like in many cases, it actually held up fairly well in comparison.

This movie had everything a growing boy needs. Sex, female nudity, violence, gore, and rock n' roll! God bless that movie!

I have to say, this is definitely one of your funniest videos yet. Had me on the floor for a while there.

Mostly because it is just funny thinking about how boobs were, and still are, revered by men to see despite their simple nature.

It is going to be nice talking to the next generation about how good they have it though. It will make me feel like I have any character at all. :3

Ah, yes. The days before the internet, when fan service had a point.

Jesus Christ Bob, don't throw a picture of the Gmork at me without giving me a heads up first.

That son of a bitch seriously fucked me up as a young lad.

Eric the Orange:
Ah, yes. The days before the internet, when fan service had a point.

You oblivously don't know about Tijuana Bible

The REAL reason we switched to dvds is not higher quality, but the ease of setting up a second vcr and just recording your newly rented movie right then and there. Hell, some vcr's had two slots for entirely this reason. Same thing with tape players. You might have to clean your vcr every once and a while, but compared to losing everything when you scratch a dvd, that's a small price to pay.

Frankydee:
I've always been curious about this one back in my days when I started listening to metal. I read up on it and didn't really find the premise all that appealing, but I figured I'd watch it at some point or another just to say I did.

I was the same, my only interest in the film was because of my fledgling love of metal and I regarded it as 'a film that featured a Black Sabbath song in it'.

I didn't even know of or consider the boobs angle, indeed when I finally saw the film roughly 15 years ago the boobs didn't even register, partly it was a cartoon (and therefore the boobs were only drawings of boobs, of which I could make plenty of my own in the back of school books), but mainly because growing up in England, if I wanted to look at boobs I could walk into any newsagent & buy a tabloid newspaper like the Sun or the Sport with pocket change.

When I was growing up I sought out that film because of the Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult songs it contained, not because of the boobs, but regardless of my motivations, when I saw the film I wasn't very impressed... I didn't understand what was going on and it didn't leave a lasting impressions.

Actually after seeing it 15 years ago, the next time I though about it was when I saw the Major Boobage episode of South Park, which made me realise that Heavy Metal was probably more about tits than it was about music, which is why I found it unremarkable as a teenager.

Therumancer, you are wrong on almost everything you said. When I was a kid, I wasn't allowed to use the vcr. We had one tv, and you watched whatever the parents wanted to watch. And saying that sci fi was uncommon in the 80's? Ever hear of a movie call star wars? It came out in 1977.

That's right suckers. I was born in 1991. By the time I had any interest in that sort of thing boobs where readily available at the click of a button. God I love this day and age.

i thought the movie was good. the glowing green ball thing was shit but the shorts were really good.

fearofthemind:
This movie had everything a growing boy needs. Sex, female nudity, violence, gore, and rock n' roll! God bless that movie!

lol, as long as parents dont catch ya! =D

Therumancer:
Wait... Moviebob is trying to say that it was hard to for kids to see boobs in the 1980s?

[Blinks]

Try the 70s. We used to watch "Top of The Pops" just to see Pan's People/Legs & Co dancing about.

Or there was roleplaying games...

God Bless Boris Vallejo and others.
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And you can imagine what happened with Barbarella, One Million Years BC, Fantastic Voyage etc.

You missed out, Bob, on referencing the later Heavy Metal 2000 (as alluded to above) or the stunningly good Heavy Metal: FAKK 2; which I may occasionally mention.
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I never said it was subtle, did I?

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Eric the Orange:
Ah, yes. The days before the internet, when fan service had a point.

You oblivously don't know about Tijuana Bible

I do as a matter of fact but I'm not as old as that. Those date back to like WW2 at least. But that doesn't change the point that, with the internet you can get whatever you want with ease. Pre-internet you had to work for it, I don't know about you but in my childhood they didn't just pass out thing like that.

Well, we kids nowadays have another way of seeing boobs: ON GIRLS!

Anyway, I'm very interested in seeing the movie now, even if it is a masochistic urge. Hell, I'm interested because it is a masochistic urge.

Jamash:
but mainly because growing up in England, if I wanted to look at boobs I could walk into any newsagent & buy a tabloid newspaper like the Sun or the Sport with pocket change.

I've really gotta start remembering to put a "for those of us growing up in the U.S." on these nostalgia trips... the fact that I've got an international viewership still blows my friggin' mind... ;)

I remember hearing about the casual cheesecake in the tabs from British friends way back in the day, and half the time I figured they were makin' it up... ;)

You know, at first I was like; "No, Bob, no. HM is, like, an all time classic; right up there with Wizards and Star Chaser."

But then I gave it a second thought, and you know what? Bob may have a point. But then, Looney Tunes is also a pop relic of its time, as well. I think, at some general level, all media can be seen as such.

And the bit about boobs? Yeah, pretty fair to say. I like to look back on the movies of my generation as the puberty of cinema. Weird Science, Porky's, brat pack films,and so on, had lots of boob flashes, and such; but seem to die out as our generation matured, somewhat. Not to mention, of course, the relative ease at which these things became more accepted and available in modern society.

Hold on... having an eighties movie boob moment. Oh, yeah....

Anyway, on HM... I think it's fair to say that the revolution of the early eighties, in your face, "Adult" - or more properly "Mature themed" animated film was riding the wave of the late seventies underground comic and pop sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre. Movies like this, Wizards, Fire and Ice, Star Chaser: The Legend of Orin are the exclamation point on an earlier, and amazing, revolution; itself a herald to great break out hits to come.

For what it is, HM is a great film; as long as you set your mind into the right frame of reference; easier for anyone at least born in the eighties, I know, but still...

You know, all this talk has got me missing me some Misfits of Science something bad.

Fuck yeah, MovieBob, fuck yeah... You nailed it 100%. Still a great film to watch for the MST3K factor and pop culture status. And of course the gratuitous sex and violence, which always sells...

Therumancer:
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Then we had the whole "Porky's" thing and tons of other movies. Oh yes, and then there was "Revenge Of The Nerds".

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Those films (at least the earliest ones) were all rated "R" and released before the advent of the "PG-13" rating, which was first applied to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984 if I'm not mistaken...

Oh, you repressed Americans...

I was a kid of the 80s and I had access to boobs in a number of ways. Just staying up late offered plenty of boobie content on TV (softcore porn, european arthouse films and even some Howard Sterns-influenced late night shows).

It was also relatively easy to get hold of quite a few hentai comic books by keeping your thumb over the "adults only" badge on the cover and hoping the clerk would either not give a crap or roll with it.

And finally, of course, there was a fair bit of scanned images peddled in floppy disks by the few of us who had modem access to the right servers, even before the Internet was born in the mid-90s, while I was still a teenager.

Yup, it's official, I'm old.

I was about eight when my buddy said he got a copy of this movie. Back then, we all knew that girls were icky but he said there were lots of explosions and killing and blood. And so we went to his basement, watched it, and our little pre-pubescent minds were introduced to the fact that boobs were great and that the half of the human race that HAD boobs were awesome by association.

Nevertheless, a couple of the vignettes were good, and you know something? I think this was kind of a precursor to Pulp Fiction. Only with boobs.

Redem:

Eric the Orange:
Ah, yes. The days before the internet, when fan service had a point.

You oblivously don't know about Tijuana Bible

wow.......... right in my nostalgia, dude.

thank you..........

I liked it, but didn't see it through to the very end (I couldn't find it anywhere so I had to watch it online and my connection died).

It did kinda drag on and none of the stories really seemed to be going anywhere but I liked the animation style, I liked the artwork and I liked the concept.

The execution was just a little sub-par and could easily be compared to something like "The Animatrix" which had some fantastic artwork and style going for it (Studio 4C are one of my favourite animation studios of all time, I thought their effort was the best) nothing really "gelled" the stories were altogether not terrible but also nothing special and it felt like a marketing gimmick trying to get me to buy the horrible Matrix games.

Heavy Metal was pretty much the same with music.

You know what else helps you make it through this movie? Drugs.

Hey, I was made in 1981 too!

I remember watching this movie as a rental from the video store back when I was like 15.....didn't much like it.

Hehe i'm 21 so i hit the 'booby awareness stage' right as the internet hit the big time, although this was before Google so actually finding stuff without loading the family computer's history full of chesticles took a bit more work.

Don't judge me

While the boobs were certainly relevant, I thought that much of the nostalgia for Heavy Metal was due to the fact that a large percentage of the audience watched it drunk and/or stoned.

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