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Subj: Re: Sci-Fi Cinema: Heavy Metal (1981)
Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 at 10:50:05 am CST (Viewed 163 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Sci-Fi Cinema: Heavy Metal (1981)
Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 at 08:10:18 pm CST (Viewed 174 times)

    I just watched this and the only segment that seemed remotely familiar to me was Sternn. I remember the talk about Heavy Metal in the schoolyard, and, of course, the title song, but the rest was new to me.

That's interesting, because outside of my 3 or 4 friends that saw it, I never heard anyone talk about it. It was some inside secret which is probably another reason I have nostalgia for it.

    I think your analysis is spot on, even with your nostalgia. The sex scenes are more juvenile when you watch as an adult, but I'm sure this was the reason to see it back then. This surprised me a bit, as I was expecting a more "mature" movie. In this regard, I don't think the movie lived up to my expectations, but, if you look at it in a vacuum, it certainly has its charm.

Yeah, there could have been a romance and a sex scene but it's all very porn-ish, people who just met having sudden sex because that's how every adolescent boy wishes it would work.

    The segments do seem to drop in quality as the movie goes on, as does the point of the Loc-Nar to the stories. John Candy was the standout in his segment. At first, I thought, his voice does not fit in this type of story, but the teen humor worked very well once it was established.
    The Harry Canyon story had a Maltese Falcon/Blade Runner feel, which I enjoy.
    I didn't hear Eugene Levy in Sternn's voice, either, but don't you think Phil Hartman would've been great as him? He's like Zap Brannigan and Lionel Hutz put together.
    The B-17 segment had the best artwork.
    I got bored with Taarna.

Did Candy work for you because of the ability to switch between barbarian and nerdy narrator pointing out the preposterousness of the proceedings?

I thought Harry Canyon worked well because of the narration, it helped set up the world and tone.

Sternn is like Zap Brannigan if Zap sold dope to nuns. LOL.

I don't know why I liked Taarna. It was pretty generic in a way. I think like I said, the music and sound effects and stuff sold it. I sort of liked this mute avenger character.

    The thought I had the most throughout the movie, though, was, "why couldn't someone have made a Marvel cartoon movie back then that was truer to the comics?" No Ms. Lyon, no Herbie the robot. Just a full length movie that tells a story that appeals to adults and children, like in the comics.

In a way the best thing to happen like this in the 80s was probably the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies. Instead of adapting or changing, they just took the cartoons as-is and moved them to a theatrical movie, with widescreen presentation, feature length, higher quality animation with more shading, reflection, fewer errors. But with exactly the same character designs and voice actors. I guess My Little Pony did the same thing but that was not on my radar at the time.

It is a shame since Sunbow Animation produced those cartoons and the movies as well. They were also in league with Marvel Comics since Transformers and G.I. Joe had tie-in comics. I believe Sunbow also did some series for Marvel such as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. So it's too bad they couldn't do a Spider-Man or FF movie.

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