Escape to the Movies: Heavy Metal

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I saw this movie as a teenager and I really liked it because it had everything I loved at the time.

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

All of that.

I loved the movie back then even though I couldn't understand most of what was going on.

Yes, it was INCREDIBLY difficult for me during the same time period to get anything sexual when I had just turned 10 and discovered those funny feelins... especially in the US and living out in the country a mile away from the nearest neighbor.

My closest neighbor was a tomboy who liked to show me her dad's playboys, but her mom was a horse-faced woman that watched us like I hawk and scared me to death, so I couldn't enjoy the flashed pictures when she snuck em >_>

GEEZ! Come to think of it, violence was in all the movies I watched and games, and everyone treated boobs like THOSE would make me a serial killer. Maybe ease-access net porn will make people less repressed when they grow up... who knows

But When Heavy Metal finally came out on tape, I did kinda like it beyond the boobs... but now, it just is worth seeing because it's just something every movie nut HAS to see.

Am I odd for thinking that both the original and the sequel (Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2) were decent movies? I mean, it wasn't Tolkeinian story-telling, and the original didn't make nearly as much sense sober as it did on shrooms, but at the second had a continuous (if not coherent) storyline.

I liked them both, honestly.

I Liked Heavy Metal for along time but now i see you point,
but at least it better then HM2000

We used to get pissed and go see either this or RHPC at midnight madness, before this was The Wall.. Still kind of amazed they made a movie out of that album, heh, kids..

"Hangins too good for him, burnins too good for him. He should be torn into little itsy pieces and buried aliiiiive!!"

Aerodyamic:
Am I odd for thinking that both the original and the sequel (Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2) were decent movies? I mean, it wasn't Tolkeinian story-telling, and the original didn't make nearly as much sense sober as it did on shrooms, but at the second had a continuous (if not coherent) storyline.

Hey, I liked the first one, a lot; and I was around for it the first time. The sequel? Not so much, though. But, I wonder, if that had more to do with A) my nostalgic love of the first, and B) them trying to do an entire episode/show in, still, the same vain as the first movie.

And now that I look, I don't have HM in my library. Huh... need to remedy that.

Thanks, I didn't know that Heavy Metal was done by National Lampoon. I must admit that the only reason I first watched this was for the boobs, but I genuinely enjoyed this film.

I finally make sense of the South Park episode.

Well thanks Movie Bob!

IronChuck:

Aerodyamic:
Am I odd for thinking that both the original and the sequel (Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2) were decent movies? I mean, it wasn't Tolkeinian story-telling, and the original didn't make nearly as much sense sober as it did on shrooms, but at the second had a continuous (if not coherent) storyline.

Hey, I liked the first one, a lot; and I was around for it the first time. The sequel? Not so much, though. But, I wonder, if that had more to do with A) my nostalgic love of the first, and B) them trying to do an entire episode/show in, still, the same vain as the first movie.

And now that I look, I don't have HM in my library. Huh... need to remedy that.

I was born in '78, so I wasn't actually old to watch the original at release, but I watched it in the 90's. Shrooms helped A LOT, watching it the second time. And at least the second movie was, in fact, a pretty obvious sequel, even though it kinda roared off on a tangent, pretty quickly.

I must wholeheartedly disagree. Heavy Metal was the single greatest thing that ever came out of 80s pop culture. And the reason is because it's entertaining. The movie has no misconceptions about taking itself seriously, the creators knew that. Watching the movie you can't think they were taking it seriously. For the love o' Pete there's a bar fight in which the "futuristic" version of DEVO are playing.

Yes it's not very good, but that's really what makes it great. In the same way that I watch movies like Commando, Rush Hour, Bad Boys and a whole host of other movies starring Will Smith, I watch the movies to have stupid, mindless entertainment. You want to know why? Because when I watch a movie: it's what I'm looking for.

But I digress, we have different opinions, it should not go further than that. In the end, it's all just good Niborg, man.

Eric the Orange:

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

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.

Back in the day were the search for porn was a noble and grand quest

Heavy Metal is just another one of those movies whose status as a classic hinged almost entirely upon its ability to freak out 'square' society. If women had Topfreedom then, it wouldn't have even been a blip on the pop culture radar. That pretty much goes for far too many things in pop culture in general. Crap like BMX XXX hardly even rates as a cultural curiousity in Europe since they aren't seeing anything that they can't see on a beach without having to endure the awful graphics and tedious potty humor of that game.

Seriously, since girls don't have to go to the same lengths to see man 'boobage', they don't hold up fare of dubious quality such as the Gidget movies as true classics. No, they could just look at a Lass Mag poster of some teen heart throb in a wet t-shirt or no shirt if they really wanted to, not that it would give them the thrill of acquiring forbidden knowledge that the lads get from 'rediscovering' something that most people saw as a baby on a regular basis (but not attached to their mothers this time).

What little value it had besides that would have been lost had Disney not become synonymous with both animation and virtual puritanism. If Uncie Walt had made some PG-13 or R-rated movies himself, there wouldn't have been anything for the makers of Heavy Metal to rebel against.

It's a real shame, though. Heavy Metal has some great thought provoking stories that have nothing to do with violence or its counterpart.
If they had only gotten Moebius involved in Heavy Metal 2000, all could have been forgiven for the original but what they did only assured that Heavy Metal would never be viable as animation again.

Oh yeah, this movie had animated penis in it. Watch the scene where the guy falls into the inky green void for an example. That makes it value for girls even higher than for boys!

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAhAHAHAHAHAHA!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BOB! You just made mine awesome!

So it's great to have corroborating opinion on this one: I went on an old-school Adult Animation trip (or as the video store labeled its section, "Cartoons for Big Kids") a couple years ago which started with Ralph Bakshi's Wizards and a little Nelvana gem called Rock & Rule, and it ended quickly with Heavy Metal. Nothing worse than watching a film called Heavy Metal and listening to Journey's love ballad and fucking Steely Dan. Yea, Aja's great, if you love sitting around sipping wine and contemplating your mid-life crisis, not so much saving the fucking universe and seeing lots of tits.

BTW, Rock & Rule is awesome and I'll tell you why: music by Cheap Trick, Blondie, Lou Reed, and the finale is an awesome duet by Debbie Harry and Robin Zander. And it's about rat-people starting a punk band and being corrupted by an evil force voiced by Lou Reed. Also, instead of Heavy Metal's tits you get lots of futuristic drug use. God fucking damn is it cheap and shitty and mind-blowingly awesome.

Sweet. One of my all time fav's getting a review out of the blue all of the sudden. New Years no less. Heavy Metal FTW.

Now an interesting comparison would be the original with Heavy Metal 2. Why is one a movie for the ages and another... not so much, in fact nowhere close.

The original and the magazine reach deep within, even if on the surface it is a shaky production.

Now, if they could only make a good computer game.

gee thanks alot bob , now i'm really depressed ,reminding me that i'm old ... lol saw heavy metal on new years eve along with blade runner , it's my new years tradition because i'm on call and can't party... yeah the boobs part is funny , i remember doing that too ... todays kids got it made

I would just like to say everyone should see the Heavy Metal movies. The stories were original and unique compared to the same plots, actors playing to same type of roles in genre films and basically everything else Hollywood spews out nowadays. Plus Heavy Metal had everything a scifi (not SYFY that's just stupid) junkie wanted in a movie; violence, gore/blood, robot sex, and of course BOOBS!

I'm 16 and I bought this on UMD a few months ago for cheap(mainly to understand the South Park episode, but partly because it sounded odd), and I liked the film. I guess the nudity was a bonus, but was quite amazed at the film itself.

Hitman897119:
I would just like to say everyone should see the Heavy Metal movies. The stories were original and unique compared to the same plots, actors playing to same type of roles in genre films and basically everything else Hollywood spews out nowadays. Plus Heavy Metal had everything a scifi (not SYFY that's just stupid) junkie wanted in a movie; violence, gore/blood, robot sex, and of course BOOBS!

Robot sex! WOW, you just made my day!

Off topic: Bob makes a reference around 4:47 about a comic part in heavy metal that resembles one in Futarama and an other cartoon which name I can't manage to catch! What is it named and in which year was it made? It looks really interesting from the picture + I would like to try and see it.

I shall remain grateful to whomever gives me an answer(or enought info) to help me.

Haha, i still have a VHS copy of Heavy Metal and your right about it, movie Bob

nostalgia for epic boobs

fortunately for me I was born in 1990. :) this means that i have always (almost anyway) had access to the net. Sorry Bob I can't even imagine what a world without google pictures would be like for a 10 - 12 year-old boy. :(

MovieBob:

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... ;)

And the classic question of "Why do the old people who run things in the US hate boobies?" comes out. I have a theory that I wrote in my Dr. Strangelove analysis for my high school history class but it is kinda long and I don't feel like posting it.

Even as a 30-something myself, having that backdrop of the Heavy Metal magazine explained help me to understand why it had such a disjointed train wreck of a plot. Half the episodes I saw, I'm like, "WTF does this have to do with that big killer orb thingy?" Sure, it's supposed to be a collection of various evils that the orb has propagated over the millenia, but it's not very compellingly communicated. The whole movie plays out like a clip show.

But then, we're talking a 1981 movie. If you're 30, it was released when you were about 1 year old. So this movie is even older than you might think, any 35 year-old thinking back to the days when they were adolescents foraging for porn at the urgings of hormones should realize what they were really doing was scrounging for a decade-old movie that they hoped the adults had forgotten.

I never did get to see an uncensored version of it. But then, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I'm sure I've seen Hentai that was about 50 times more explicit. Really, looking back at Heavy Metal, it seems like it was much more of a stoner movie, the music was mostly stoner music and it comes down to psychedelic drug use more than once.

[Whoops, didn't expect that youtube link would actually have some nudity. Removed link to establish there's drug use.]

I remember watching squiggly boobs on those naughty cable channels my parents didn't pay for. If you were lucky, the picture would come out mostly clear for a few seconds at a time, and then you just had to try to ignore the green and pink color distortions. If you were unlucky, you'd have to hope the boob happened to fall within that narrow stripe at the edge of the screen that was clear.

Bob, don't forget this period you're talking about was also the height of AIDS awareness, and (at least at my school) they were cramming the fear of date rape and sexual harassment accusations into our heads every chance they got. I'll take my disease-free and jail-free cartoon boobs now, please.

"thirty something movie geeks like me"

"What else was made in 1981: ME"

Well, also being made in 1981 and not yet being "thirty something" have you personally fucked with the space time continuum or are you just talking bollocks (as they say 'round 'ere) like most of your movie reviews?

You're not yahtzee for movies, but the trilby down and step away from the vcr..

I never saw that one. I did see most of Heavy Metal 2000, of which I thought the plot was intriguing, even though the much of the dialogue was piss poor at best.

Edit: Also Bob, I was also made in 1981 and I just turned 28 a few days ago, so I don't think you could legitimately call yourself a "30 something movie geek".

It's true, 15, and sometimes I'll find myself tired of boobs. Just because I can see them whenever I want, however I want, whatever I want. I'm already 15 and my interest for sex has waxed and waned.

Yust watched the movie for fun and I liked it cos' I never seen a odd movie like that before but I still liked it and wasn't bored. :)

I'm afraid that the man is telling the truth.

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.

*Sob* It just makes you so happy, doesn't it. *Sniff* God bless internet pornography.

Boobs! Well, you took what you could get when you were a newborn that year, eh?

That movie got me in alot of trouble when I was a kid. I saw it was animated so I sat down and watched it one summer when I was 5, with my two younger sisters. We asked Mom about some of the words and what people were doing to each other and wound up grounded for a month. I found out years later the only reason it was out was my Dad had gotten drunk and watched it, and left it out where I happened to find it.

Thanks for the good trip down memory lane :)

I was born in the 90s and I got acces to porn outside the internet.

When I was 8 some of my friends found a tree where some guy had put a whole lot of pages from playboy magazines on every part of that tree.

Shame we didn't bring anything with us from then... Also a shame I wasn't interested in boobs back then. Well, not in the same way as now anyway...

Damn, I didn't think I was going to be in the section of those who would get "pissed off"...

but I did, just a little, when he said EVEN Ralph Bakshi...

Maaaan. You're either horribly underestimating this generation or don't know shit about comic books and science fiction.
I am 21 and watched this cartoon only two years ago and it has been on my favs list ever since then.
Saying that the boobs are the only thing that it's worth for - it's pure lie! As it was mentioned before, general perception of science fiction and fantasy was totally different at the time. This movie is a predecessor to lot's of cool sci-fi stuff that came out later on.
Have it ever crossed your mind that 5h Elemnt basically rips off the core idea of first story arc - Harry Canyon?
And then animation itself. You know, "kids today" aren't total retards and do understand that coming up with such kind of design on video at that time took helluva lot creativity and hard work!
Finally, boobs are ALWAYS relevant, disregarding any time or place and deserve same kind of respect!

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