ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Rock & Rule (hosted by Phil Lord, Nelvana animators in person!)

Nelvana Animation/Rock & Rule veterans Tom Sito, Lenora Hume, Darlie Brewster & David Scott Smith in person. Show hosted by The Lego Movie co-director Phil Lord. Plus, DJs Alec Hodgeman & John Puppo (KXLU’s “Fistful of Vinyl”) will be here to spin tunes before the show! Imagine a post-apocalyptic America where flying cars roam Nuke York, the citizens have cross-pollinated with the vermin to create rodent folks, and immortality is ensured by stealing someone’s voice. Now imagine this freaky-deaky landscape all set to a blazing soundtrack by Cheap Trick, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop and basically every other rock star of the early-’80s. Put them together and you have Rock & Rule, a far-out animated rollercoaster ride through mutant discotheques and spooky back alleys that follows Mok, an aging Lou Reed-like rock star trying to forever secure his place in history by any diabolical means necessary. This means kidnapping a young singer (the aptly named Angel), drugging her band mates and terrorizing his hometown! Staying true to its Eighties roots, the film features truly great synth beats, which serve to enhance a dose stylish animation way, way ahead of its time.
Dir. Clive A. Smith, 1983, HD presentation, 77 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Rock & Rule”!