Escape to the Movies: Heavy Metal

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Rigs83:

Panda Mania:
Oh sh-

is that all pubescent boys think about? boobs?

*shakes fists at sky* YOU NEVER TOLD HUMANITY WAS SO PATHETIC!! AGH!!

Sometimes we think about robots with guns for arms shooting at a plane made of guns that shoots guns.

sigh. that makes me feel so much better.

MovieBob:

MB202:
I'm guessing that MoveiBob isn't going to review The Princess and the Frog. Oh well.

I'm really surprised that THIS has turned out to be the most-frequently requested review. For what it's worth: I thought it was good, not great, more valuable for historical import (i.e. first black Princess, return to 2D, etc) than as a stand-alone piece. The strict adherence to Disney formula hurts it, but I understand it's a conscious decision to make sure that Tiana was full-on in the "pantheon." A MAJOR problem is the fact that Prince Naveen is much too thin and predictable of a character, even among the famously empty-vessel ranks of the Disney Princes, and the two comic-relief animal sidekicks don't really "register" until it's almost over. Keith David as the villain is AWESOME, but not well-developed enough - the fact that we don't really grasp the stakes involved in what he's up to until after the story is over lessens his impact - and I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the occultism (full-on Satanism?) hovering over his backstory was reduced to make him less frightening. Also, while I was HUGELY thankful that Charlotte (Tiana's white girlfriend) didn't go in the route I was expecting, it's kind of "funny" that after all the buildup about Tiana's "first-ever" status, Charlotte is A LOT more fun/memorable of a character.

Hm. Thanks for stating your opinions on it. Personally, I loved the movie, and I want to see it again.

My cousin was all set to take me to see Heavy Metal when it came out (1981). We were headed out the door when my aunt stopped us, asking where we were headed. In telling her she knew what the movie was about and that it was "Rated-R", which meant her 10-year-old nephew (me!) wasn't going anywhere near it. I think we went to the arcade, instead.

I wouldn't end up seeing the movie until I was 18 or so, when a friend had a copy of it that he'd recorded off of Cinemax (or some other movie-channel.) While not the greatest, and it certainly shows it flaws, Heavy Metal's still fun to watch for the variety of stories and visual styles incorporated; just like the magazine.

And, for what it's worth, South Park's "Major Boobage" episode was a brilliantly done homage to Heavy Metal. One of the best eps they ever did, I'd say.

i've seen both heavy metal movies, didn't care for any of them but i'm still glad i watched them!

Madshire:
What is that show with those 5 Anime girls that he was using as an example? God i remember that show >.<

The four images in the anime sequence were from:
Project A-ko
Sailor Moon <---this is the one I think you were referring to
Ghost in the Shell
Cutey Honey

1981? Hey, you're not 30-something yet.

But you have my sympathy, I'm staring down that barrel myself.

My dad owns a turn table right? My dad has the vinyl record for this right? I worshiped that record like some sort of god, like no joke it was freakin awsome, and even still I am sad that I can't find all of the songs on there to put on my iPod, only watched some of it and the part with the bomber crew being turned into zombies was my favorite segment.

pfloriani:

Madshire:
What is that show with those 5 Anime girls that he was using as an example? God i remember that show >.<

The four images in the anime sequence were from:
Project A-ko
Sailor Moon <---this is the one I think you were referring to
Ghost in the Shell
Cutey Honey

Thanks alot

Saw it at the movies when it released noobs. Good to see its still getting the kudos it deserves.

The Great JT:
It made sense back then. We were all doing blow.

Which for me is also the main responsible for the horrible, horrible hairdos and clothes of that decade.

I FUCKING LOVE YOU BOB!

Christ, I was looking for this movie for AGES. I saw this way back in 2004, (mind you, I'm currently only 15 so five years seems like a long time to me,)and I just could not remember the title of this movie. I loved this movie, and not just for the boobs. Hell, I saw this on public televsion, meaning censorship took hold. But anyway, thank you for telling me about this, despite how not so great this movie is, I still found it incredibly entertaining.

that image at 4:51 (the girl holding the knife with her freaky long tounge), whats that from?

Hahahaha...

I remember when I first saw this movie, back in the early 90s before the Internet really took hold. IT BLEW MY FREAKING MIND! I re-watched it a few years ago and I will agree that it is average at best and downright terrible at worst but I still have a place in my heart for it nonetheless. Nostalgia is a funny thing, n'est pas?

kgoodies:
that image at 4:51 (the girl holding the knife with her freaky long tounge), whats that from?

Steven Colbert's "Alpha Squad Seven: The New Tek Jansen Adventures:"
http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/videos.jhtml?collectionId=165594

Well alot of "people" thought the transformers movies were good. is it any suprise that average taste hasnt changed over the years?

SomeBritishDude:
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.

1990 here!

Cheers, to the internet!

I enjoyed Heavy Metal. It was kinda goofy, corny, and not paticularly good quality but it was quite alot of fun to watch given it's randomness. I read Heavy metal magazines on and off and they're much the same as the movie.

And yes Heavy Metal 2000 was balls. Looked bad, story was terrible, and the boobs looked ugly.

MovieBob:

I think Bakshi is a fascinating and important figure in animation history who - if only animation was as "easy" (comparitively) to produce independently in his day as it is now - would have been much more successful. However, looking at his career as a whole I'd inclined to conclude that he's also an example of an artist who's passion greatly exceeds his ability. Of all his work, I think only "Wizards" and his Mighty Mouse cartoon in the 80s stand on their own without serious technical and storytelling flaws. His technical skill and vision are unquestionable (despite it's ultimately empty story, the sheer artistry of "Fire & Ice" is breathtaking) but... "undisciplined," is the word I'd use. Still, I'll seek out and watch ANYTHING he's done, which is something I can't say for some of his more "consistent" peers.

Thank you for the thoughtful response, I appreciate it.

I'm happy to hear my loyalty to Bakshi isn't mislead. I also enjoy the work of Ryan Larkin, it's a shame there's just so little of it, rest his soul.

It's also a great shame the only people who'll produce American hand drawn animation on a movie scale are companies like Disney, who rehash the same dry, overuses ideas, using the same styles and formats, only to result in making an embarrassingly large amounts of money for a movie we've already seen a million times. Admittedly, I haven't seen their latest film yet, so maybe The Princess and The Frog will prove me wrong... yeah, and maybe monkeys will fly out my butt.

There's just no way a dry Disney movie will compare to the wild out there generation of Ralph Bakshi, who gave us such great mind-fucks like Heavy Traffic, cartoons that weren't afraid of trial and error, to experiment and explore possibility. Hell, we still had that spark of creativity all the way through the 90s too, up until 3D animation and Anime stuck their big ugly butts in our faces.

Great review Bob, I recommend for the next throwback vid do Ralph Bakshi's Wizards! :P

Nicely done pretty much rake the film for it what it is, if you are geek you might can stand it enough to own it.

Ah.... I love the internet. Boobs are so... ubiquitous...
I'd have to try hard not to find them.

Panda Mania:

Rigs83:

Panda Mania:
Oh sh-

is that all pubescent boys think about? boobs?

*shakes fists at sky* YOU NEVER TOLD HUMANITY WAS SO PATHETIC!! AGH!!

Sometimes we think about robots with guns for arms shooting at a plane made of guns that shoots guns.

sigh. that makes me feel so much better.

Occasionally we think about the state of humanity, but most of our capacity is occupied with boobs and things that explode/are easily flammable.

Chrissyluky:
Well alot of "people" thought the transformers movies were good. is it any suprise that average taste hasnt changed over the years?

The original movie (Eric Idle, Orson Welles) was good. It's just as soon as they made it "popular", they lost the plot and replaced it with Mugging Fecks ass.

HM was fun :)
and FAKK2 was actually better (sadly, with drastic breast-showing reduction)

I just finished watching the film for giggles and decided to watch this review again, and now having actually seen the movie I can generally say that yeah it was pretty bad. The stories didn't string together very well at all, esp. when you go from space station in the future to somewhere during World War II.

(thunderous applause)

From one 1981 birth to another, you got this one totally right, Bob (though my favorite segment was Capt. Stern and Hanover Fist, but that's just because I'm a Berni Wrightson fan).

It is true that porn is so abundant and readily available today, these whippersnappers... er, kids (goddammit) have no perspective. It's true that probably more than a few films get some undeserved attention because of their mature content. But, yeah, if I want to show someone some good underground and nostalgic animation, it's Fire & Ice all the way.

I just saw this and thought it wasn't bad... Okay maybe it was, but that's what makes it good!

I saw this movie when i was four or five and it was the first thing to introduce me to boobs, and sex, and whatnot but i never knew what it was called, thank you movie bob

Born in 1972. This movie was awesome when I first saw it. Granted now when I watch it I can see all of its flaws, I could see them back then too but it was still cool. I still get a kick out of watching it now.

BOOBS!

Very cool. Keep up the good work. My brother actually told me about how him and his friends stole Playboys from their parents and video taped that bit of Cinemax and sold them.

SomeBritishDude:
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.

Same. XD

I haven't seen Heavy Metal, but after hearing from this review that it was done by the National Lampoon guys, it doesn't suprise me. Now of days, all the recent National Lampoon movies that come out on dvd have "boob flash" scenes, including it's imitators like the American Pie movie series. Heck, the majority of them do simply straight to dvd films now, so I guess the whole "teen movie/boobie flash" film genre has quite died down quite a bit. Largely due to all what MovieBob said. But I do sympathize with those dudes out there who worked hard to see a pair of knockers back in those days. I was born in 1985, and to see the goods back in my day, you pretty much had to unscamble Showtime and Cinemax late at night to see them while the folks were asleep, or somehow get and see a movie that had a naked chick in it for at least a second. None the less, I do understand the South Park joke now. Thanks for the good review MovieBob.

I was born in 1980 so my memories of childhood pubescent beginnings were trying to watch scrambled spice channel and oh the glory days of how movies with violenve, nudity, and/or sex were watched if you could sneak out of your room and watch TV in the middle of the night without waking your parents. There were the classic Chinese Kung-Fu movies and TV cut R-rated films be they horror or sexploitation.

I'll have to check Netflix for this. I haven't watched it in YEARS! (Yes, I'm even older than Bob).

Panda Mania:

Rigs83:

Panda Mania:
Oh sh-

is that all pubescent boys think about? boobs?

*shakes fists at sky* YOU NEVER TOLD HUMANITY WAS SO PATHETIC!! AGH!!

Sometimes we think about robots with guns for arms shooting at a plane made of guns that shoots guns.

sigh. that makes me feel so much better.

Then again, sometimes we think about boobs with boobs for boobs shooting at a boob made of boobs that shoots boobs.

I haven't seen Heavy Metal and this video convinced me that I won't. If I want boobs I'll use the internet and it seems that that's all this movie has going for it. Good review as always though.

ah, the good ol' days, when you had to work for your boobs!

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