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Rock and Rule

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A Quick Tip by smurfwreck

  • Sep 25, 2010
If you can find it, the 2-Disc special edition of Rock and Rule also comes with an almost complete copy of the same studio's Halloween special, the Devil and Daniel Mouse...
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Rock & Rule is a 1983 Canadian animated film from the animation studio Nelvana. It was produced and directed by the company's founders, Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert, and Clive A. Smith. The film features the voices of Greg Salata, Susan Roman, and Don Francks, with Catherine O'Hara, Chris Wiggins, and Maurice LaMarche as guests. It was the studio's first feature movie and the first one produced entirely within Canada.

Centering on rock and roll music, the film 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 populated by mutant humanoids. Protagonists and antagonists alike are rock musicians.

With John Halfpenny, Patrick Loubert, and Peter Sauder at the helm of its screenplay, Rock & Rule was a heavily-derived spinoff of Nelvana's earlier TV special from 1978, The Devil and Daniel Mouse. Its distributor, MGM, acquired United Artists at the time and the new management team had no interest in it so it was never released in North America. It received a screening at a film festival in Germany and because it was funded in part by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ...

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