Rock & Rule (known as Ring of Power outside North America) is a 1983 Canadian animated musical science fantasy adventure film from the animated film company Nelvana, and was the animated studio's first ever feature film. Rock & Rule was produced and directed by Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert, and Clive A. Smith with John Halfpenny, Patrick Loubert, and Peter Sauder at the helm of its screenplay. The film also features the voices of Don Francks, Greg Salata, and Susan Roman.
Centering upon rock and roll music, Rock & Rule includes songs by Cheap Trick, Chris Stein and Debbie Harry of the pop group Blondie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Earth, Wind & Fire. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States ruled by mutant humanoid animals. Though initially unsuccessful at the box office, the movie has gone on to become a cult classic.
Why It Rocks
- The post-apocalyptic United States is perfectly set, after the end of the third World War.
- Superb voice acting.
- Canadian animation in its purest form.
- Truemendous plot.
- Omar, Angel, Dizzy and Stretch are the heroic protagonists.
- Great songs from the celebrities, that became very popular during the rock music era of the early 1980s: Cheap Trick, Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
- The final battle is pure magical.
- The props are creative.
- Mok was the most terrifying villain.
- The musical science fantasy will receive its grandest form.
- The special effects was beautiful for the early 1980s standards.
- Unlike Heavy Metal, this film is more kid-friendly than ever was, for a PG rating.
- Colorful visuals.
- The halloween-themed TV special was actually inspired by the film.
- The happy ending scene is pure heartwarming.
- It is considered one of the earliest animated movies to be presented in Dolby Stereo sound.
- Tons of great action scenes.
- The character designs are almost influenced by Disney, than the Canadian animators.
- Awesome soundtrack.
- Some of these scenes, including the hideous monster from another dimension eating some people alive, are too scary for a PG rating.
- Ironically, it makes the kids think that this film feels less like a PG-rated film and more like a PG-13-rated film.