What the HELL is Rock & Rule? (A Box Office FAILURE)

Rock & Rule is one of the most tragic box office failures in animation history. It got SCREWED and I wish more people would watch the movie. It's something else
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  1. Saberspark


    پیش 8 ماه

    *VIDEO INFORMATION UPDATE* I made some mistakes while researching this video and confused some information. A person who actually worked on a restoration edit for Rock & Rule mentioned a few things about the film and what I got wrong. Sincerely, I apologize for the mistakes. I value accurate information above all else in my videos but some things fell through the cracks here. Moving forward, I'll make sure to be more thorough with my research and that the information I have is 100% accurate an also letting you all know when information is my personal opinion or a theory and not a proven fact. That being said, here are a few primary things I got wrong. By the way, I'm copy/pasting the following info from the corrected comment: -The longer 1 hour 21 minute version is the Original Version, Greg Salata playing the more cocky, arrogant Omar, Zip surviving and lacking the extended explanation of the world at the start (no mutated dogs/cats/mice, etc.) -The version posted on IRmys is the altered MGM US Cut, it was heavily reworked and Omar was redubbed/rewritten to be more ''sympathetic'', with Zip dying at the end (which was their intention judging by the workprint, which I used to restore the film's final act) -The version on IRmys is also not ''the first time'' it's been on the platform, Clive A. Smith's personal account once had an upload of the film which was much better quality than the one which is a VHS rip of the US Cut from back in the day, and before that my own uploads of my restorations which amassed 70k and 200k before they got pulled If you'd like to watch the restored version of the movie from this commentator, go hit up their channel: irmys.info/more/hGdoqKhmnrd0gII/fy-lm-h-y.html Once more, I apologize for any mistakes on my end. I never had the intention of putting out wrong info. I honestly thought what I found was the truth but mistakes were made. I'll make sure it doesn't happen again in future videos and that I start to source my videos in the description

    • Jack Grizzle

      Jack Grizzle

      پیش 6 روز

      Thats alot of words

    • Ores Frickinheccingstuff

      Ores Frickinheccingstuff

      پیش ماه

      God dang it I like the final battle in the movie

    • Mao of DC

      Mao of DC

      پیش 3 ماه

      If you've never seen Heavy Metal you really need to. It is one of the greatest sleeper hit of the 80's good music and great stories. John Candy provides his voice acting. All the stories come straight from the magazine of the same name. Tied together by an overarching story about the Locnar. There are so many great characters. From Captain Sternn to Tarna.

    • Euree Evangelista

      Euree Evangelista

      پیش 3 ماه

      Mind if we talk about mad max please its my absolute favorite not only as a movie fan but as a car fan as well

    • Emma Foster

      Emma Foster

      پیش 4 ماه


  2. crab_man_lives


    پیش 5 ساعت

    This artstyle reminds me of Æon Flux

  3. morgonfr33m4n1337z


    پیش 13 ساعت

    Imagine the state of film companies back then when they just needed to dub something thats already in English, sheesh

  4. hessier lord

    hessier lord

    پیش روز

    I remember seeing this for the first time on a cable service in the 80s, I think it might have been HBO. I was in my mid teens, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. It's great to see people talking about it.

  5. Stephen Ison

    Stephen Ison

    پیش روز

    I had no choice but to give you a thumbs down because you haven't watched ( heavy metal) the movie. Come on seriously kid?

  6. david gonzalez

    david gonzalez

    پیش 2 روز

    I feel so bad for rock and rule

  7. Kyle Shiflet

    Kyle Shiflet

    پیش 3 روز

    Nelvana choose this over Heavy Metal I'm glad they didn't take Heavy Metal

  8. The Idiot Cow Guy

    The Idiot Cow Guy

    پیش 3 روز

    Rock and Rule, if Snow White and the Seven Douches and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse got hooked on Guitar Hero and tried out for Fallout 4 the Musical.

  9. owlmage


    پیش 4 روز

    Thanks for the review Saberspark, interesting take on an interesting movie. I liked the "Rocker A...." I think a little more than you but that's ok, he did come around in the last minutes. But I have more faith and optimism in his ability to be a good person going forward perhaps? anyway Mock, Angel, and the rest of this cast are fascinating and I do agree this movie could do with some more views.

  10. KUBRO


    پیش 4 روز

    Their noses are strangely wierd. Are they demons? Are they nice? Are they humans? Nah...I'm pretty sure they're mice.

  11. Cânnîbal_Cløne89


    پیش 4 روز

    You haven't watched Heavy Metal? My stepdad showed me that movie when I was like 10 back in 2000. I thought it was the coolest movie ever probably because it's not really something a child should watch. But You should seriously watch it.

  12. phillip walls

    phillip walls

    پیش 5 روز

    Ok so by 83 that sound track exsplains some of the box office failure

  13. phillip walls

    phillip walls

    پیش 5 روز

    How can I see this crazy Kool flick???

  14. David Redick

    David Redick

    پیش 6 روز

    Dude, heavy metal RIPS I love that movie

  15. Penguin film studios

    Penguin film studios

    پیش 6 روز

    So Nelvanna is responsible for the only bearable part of the Star Wars Holiday Special

  16. Thomas Winters

    Thomas Winters

    پیش 6 روز

    Thanks for letting us know it’s on IRmys. I rather enjoyed it

  17. Stormy


    پیش 6 روز

    Lead singer is a complete diva? Checks out. Sincerely, a bitter bassist.

  18. Chloe Mary Anne

    Chloe Mary Anne

    پیش 7 روز

    im a 2D animator and I love hand drawn animation like this! you can see the age in it but you can tell the animators had fun (with mok mostly) but knew what they were doing from an animation perspective

  19. christina bennett

    christina bennett

    پیش 7 روز

    Mok is like David Bowie meets mick Jagger with some iggy pop

  20. christina bennett

    christina bennett

    پیش 7 روز

    I really want to see this movie

  21. Peter R

    Peter R

    پیش 8 روز

    This movie looks like it's from another dimension. I think I need to watch it now.

  22. Jacob Nelson

    Jacob Nelson

    پیش 8 روز

    I thought it said 30 mill and not 30k

  23. dornravlin


    پیش 8 روز

    pretty dipsointed you didn't know Debbie Harry off the bate

  24. knasburger productive entertainment

    knasburger productive entertainment

    پیش 8 روز

    I cannot describe what it is with Angel. It's like she doesn't exist in the same realm at the others.

  25. テイターズ


    پیش 9 روز

    Ayo can we get this to grow and become popular because this genuinely looks awesome.

  26. Kakyoin Noriaki Pancakes

    Kakyoin Noriaki Pancakes

    پیش 9 روز

    I started singing September when you said earth wind and fire

  27. Male Zapatel

    Male Zapatel

    پیش 9 روز

    Is the one on IRmys the canadian version?

  28. Moises Reyes

    Moises Reyes

    پیش 10 روز

    Honestly, The villan’s design I find terrifying, but I love it so much. It’s just so Creepy and unique and just great overall.

  29. Jennifer Little

    Jennifer Little

    پیش 10 روز


  30. PhilosoShy's Game Channel!

    PhilosoShy's Game Channel!

    پیش 11 روز

    heavy metal's GREAT! you should check it out! ^^ LOVE it! XD

  31. Samuel Mercado

    Samuel Mercado

    پیش 11 روز

    I feel old and out of touch. A documentary video of Rock and Rule by someone that never heard of Heavy Metal. Was that sarcasm?

  32. Rusty Blader

    Rusty Blader

    پیش 11 روز

    Kinda makes me curious to see what would of happened with this movie if MGM didn't interfere.

  33. Lanaezja Jackman

    Lanaezja Jackman

    پیش 11 روز

    "But she still pissed me off"

  34. Puaaeloa Netzler

    Puaaeloa Netzler

    پیش 11 روز

    Why did I keep thinking nirvana instead of nelvana. Stupid briian

  35. Voldemort


    پیش 12 روز

    interesting, 60s and 70s Dinsey has my mosty fave works of theirs

  36. Slopinator


    پیش 12 روز

    Fucking cheap trick worked on this?! Sick as fuck

  37. Mama Nerpy

    Mama Nerpy

    پیش 13 روز

    This movie is great honestly, I love the animations and designs but again if the story was a bit different and there was more adult related stuff such as drugs, drinks, problems n such not just boobs. And if the people who ruined this movie would stfu and let them get their money they deserve than just 30k

  38. Gonzaminator


    پیش 13 روز

    this needed to be like a western anime, not a movie

  39. Mordred of Orkney

    Mordred of Orkney

    پیش 13 روز

    Did you watch heavy metal yet?? YOU MUST WATCH IT!

  40. Unhappy Attendant Ughh

    Unhappy Attendant Ughh

    پیش 13 روز

    How are you an aminmation "Reviewer" but haven't seen 1981's heavy metal?!?!

  41. P. J. P.

    P. J. P.

    پیش 13 روز

    The style of this movie is so cool, I wish it would've done better so we could've gotten more stuff like this :/

  42. Ghost_Anna _Reads

    Ghost_Anna _Reads

    پیش 13 روز

    I like this movie, but hated Omar and still do. If he became less of a jackass, then I’d like the movie a lot more. If they wanted Omar to bean ass, then have the message be that you need both talent, creativity, and ambition to make rock good; Angle is talent, Mock is creativity, and together they have ambition. Omar would be an amazing ‘surprise ‘ villain by being the selfishness of artists that wanted everything and now. Sorry, but I just really hate Omar! Where is his reason to be such an ass and still have angle as a girlfriend?

    • venator0405


      پیش 3 روز

      I think I that's just how it is a lot of the time in rock and roll, you know. Not a lot of these lead dudes in bands were anything more than self-obsessed divas. Mok is just the genuinely destructive side of that narcissism, while I guess Omar at least learns enough to put his life on the line for Angel in the end.

  43. Idrissa Morehouse

    Idrissa Morehouse

    پیش 13 روز

    Flash Gordon w/ soundtrack by Queen and FIRE & ICE are two other movies that reflect this rock opera + dark disco fantasy aesthetic from this era of the early 80s -i would love to know a bit more about the money situation with this movie -it supposedly cost $8 million -which is like $15-19million in today’s money value - so i would think they could have done a bit more as far as production value - although it does have some very cool moments -ESPECIALLY considering it was a smaller company - still it is definitely a gem in its own strange way :) if people only knew how many movies are destroyed by film company meddling and politics - Knowing many artist from that era i was told about a few great animation projects from smaller companies that were canned because the larger studios feared competition against their own film releases and paid off the smaller company to stop production and made legal threats - there are many films out there that get started but never make it to completion = its a shame

  44. Preston Christensen

    Preston Christensen

    پیش 14 روز


  45. Noobmaster69


    پیش 14 روز

    I for what ever reason really really like the animation style of Rock & Rule

  46. Michael


    پیش 15 روز

    Are these the same guys that designed Caitlyn Jenner?

  47. Johnny Tsunami 422

    Johnny Tsunami 422

    پیش 15 روز

    This movie has distinct parallels to borderlands 2 if you look hard enough.

  48. Cletus F Falitus

    Cletus F Falitus

    پیش 15 روز

    How could a film perform so badly?

  49. I_Teleported_Bread


    پیش 15 روز


  50. Mark of the Sun

    Mark of the Sun

    پیش 17 روز

    This was one of my favorite movies growing up as a kid didn't you ever watch cartoons?



    پیش 17 روز

    watz thye deal with all th noses?!

  52. David Alan Gay

    David Alan Gay

    پیش 17 روز

    I remember seeing this movie when I was a lot younger, and yeah it was really out there. Maybe that's why it failed. It was trying too hard to be both a kid's movie and Heavy Metal. The music featured in the movie was pretty good, though.

  53. DemilleJr


    پیش 17 روز

    I'm surprised they didn't get Tim Curry to voice Mok.

  54. firehornfireheart


    پیش 18 روز

    Hey saberspark, have you seen the Heavy Metal movies?

  55. Kraigerex1


    پیش 21 روز

    Hypothetically speaking, if someone were to edit a copy of the film together that matches yours, what would they have to do?

  56. Darth Zounds

    Darth Zounds

    پیش 21 روز

    I love you use music by Home; they do decent synth wave, and the IRmysr Dad uses their music as well.

  57. Ⰸⰰ Ⰴⱁⰿ Ⱄⱂⱃⰵⰿⱀⰻ Ⰰⰱⰵⰾ

    Ⰸⰰ Ⰴⱁⰿ Ⱄⱂⱃⰵⰿⱀⰻ Ⰰⰱⰵⰾ

    پیش 21 روز

    Idk man, that animation was onpoint tough... the voices are cool too... idk man... it's could've worked for an export film... maybe even a 5/10 or 6/10 if we don't count my love of weird animations...

  58. Percy


    پیش 21 روز

    I just got around to this movie after a 70s animation spree I was going on.. I gotta day I adore it Though there’s something off about the sound, sometimes the voices get drowned out by the background music. Still a really good film, maybe one of my favorites

  59. Crystal Author

    Crystal Author

    پیش 21 روز

    Just found out today my professor was the head of the effects department for this movie! I wouldn't have even known the movie existed if it weren't for this video. He actually animated the plasma and the glowing effect when Mok first shows up and it's amazing!

  60. Error Fox

    Error Fox

    پیش 22 روز

    Adult animations from pre-1990 are so..... Stylized, but so fluid and well down. I really wish that adult animations would come back. I imagine that theres a large market for them now, but so many people don't pay attention to the plot of what theyre seeing before they take their kids to the theater.

  61. Majorbrawl1178 6

    Majorbrawl1178 6

    پیش 23 روز

    am i the only one who thinks mok should have been voiced by Ozzy Osbourne?

  62. Housewife!!!


    پیش 23 روز

    I love mock.

  63. Taku King

    Taku King

    پیش 23 روز

    I actually think Omar's new voice sounds a bit better than his old one. Like the first one kind of sounded a little goofy and sometimes reminded me of tommy wiseau, but his other one (the re-voiced) reminds me of a grease punk which I think fits more into Omar's character. Including his style since it looks like a more 80s version of a greaser.



    پیش 28 روز

    7:48 **Insert yoshi's island meme**

  65. Eric Jacobus

    Eric Jacobus

    پیش 29 روز

    This was the 80s Yellow Submarine

  66. Darthmivol Powers

    Darthmivol Powers

    پیش ماه

    Why is rock & roll a failure

  67. AzureRoxe


    پیش ماه

    Funny enough, i feel this movie would've done quite well in recent times through kickstarter.



    پیش ماه

    Huh, I didn’t know Jeffree Starr starred in this movie!

  69. Mr. D

    Mr. D

    پیش ماه

    The landscapes in this movie aren't like Mad Max, but more like those in Judge Dredd where there are mega cities scattered throughout the country with everything outside of them being wastelands....

  70. Hayden Mullenax

    Hayden Mullenax

    پیش ماه

    Saber, Heavy Metal is awesome. I saw it when I was a wee lad

  71. Lysander .O.C.

    Lysander .O.C.

    پیش ماه

    Talk about freaked, it was a failure too

  72. Melon Tart VA

    Melon Tart VA

    پیش ماه

    funny how "Rock & Rule" became a cult classic like many theatrical bombs.



    پیش ماه

    This aint a bomb its a box office nuclear warhead

  74. Scp 682

    Scp 682

    پیش ماه

    It looks like firgoalie (not sure if I spelled it right) But someone took a shit on it that shit listens to Rock and roll

  75. Bluestem


    پیش ماه

    I just watched the movie and I was blown away by the animation, mostly on Mok. Like, jesus, THIS fucking weirdness is what I miss in most of todays computer animated movies. The limitations forced so much creativity and fluidity and...man. I loved it. What a time capsule.

  76. Bluestem


    پیش ماه

    I am fascinated by Moc's (sp?) lips/face. I have to watch this.

  77. Jennifer Walker

    Jennifer Walker

    پیش ماه

    Blade Runner meets Heavy Metal in the visuals department. Plus, two words about Heavy Metal: JOHN CANDY

  78. kimmy_future


    پیش ماه

    it's like a mix of Bakshi, 80s Disney and Aeon Flux and I'm here for it.

  79. Phillip Watts, Jr.

    Phillip Watts, Jr.

    پیش ماه

    Back then, animated movies that don't have the DISNEY stamp is a crapshoot, and 9 out of 10, the gamble doesn't pay off. It winds up being a cult classic decades later, but doesn't bring in the money at the time.

  80. kuri garu

    kuri garu

    پیش ماه

    An iconic timeless classic

  81. Alice White

    Alice White

    پیش ماه

    This movie looks awesome

  82. Polar Cold

    Polar Cold

    پیش ماه

    I never even heard of this lol



    پیش ماه


  84. ᴠɪxᴇɴ xxɪɪ

    ᴠɪxᴇɴ xxɪɪ

    پیش ماه

    i keep hearing nirvana instead of nelvana, and i was like "when tf did kurt animate movies..??"

  85. Nico Ferguson

    Nico Ferguson

    پیش ماه

    This movie looks somewhat like Titan AE

  86. honkhonkhonkhonkhonk honkhonkhonkhonk

    honkhonkhonkhonkhonk honkhonkhonkhonk

    پیش ماه

    The titles always make me feel the movie sucks ass but it seems like the few vids I have watched these are good movies lol

  87. Eslira Star

    Eslira Star

    پیش ماه

    Me: (Sees Mok) Wow. Jeffrey Star has seen better days.

  88. Sigma Ligma

    Sigma Ligma

    پیش ماه

    Honestly this movie looks awesome

  89. Brent King

    Brent King

    پیش ماه

    You should review David Copperfield (1993) Animated animal movie. I watched it as a kid

  90. Robert Jantz

    Robert Jantz

    پیش ماه

    One of the all time best for my life here in this place and space lol. Mok Swagger, best animated villain ever.

  91. Kris Hurlburt

    Kris Hurlburt

    پیش ماه

    Heavy Metal!

  92. lemmingscanfly5


    پیش ماه

    The overly adult themes are honestly what turns me off most about the film, it just comes off as edgy and trying too hard to be cool at points, and acting like that’s an excuse for lack of actual interesting story content. And in my opinion sexual themes tend to just be used as a cheap gag to rake in easy views. That being said it was the early 80s, nearly 40 years ago, perhaps the concepts and tropes in media I'm so used to weren't as tired and generic back then.

  93. AM Entertainment

    AM Entertainment

    پیش ماه

    Well this is one of the rare Momment’s about movies that are “bad” but there is just one character (mostly villains) makes it better, and they steal the show, and our hearts.

  94. William Plaud

    William Plaud

    پیش ماه

    Why have I never heard of this movie? The animation is absolutely fantastic!

  95. TheOnionQueen


    پیش ماه

    I felt the character designs were a little too uncanny valley. I feel like they didn’t fully commit to animal or human.

  96. Bridget Cooney

    Bridget Cooney

    پیش ماه

    I just watched this movie...it's... interesting. But dull in a it of places. It meanders, spends too much time on atmosphere,which is saying something. But it has its cool parts.

  97. Alma Chroma

    Alma Chroma

    پیش ماه

    The 80s were definitely a time for adult animation

  98. PretzelDude


    پیش ماه

    The simple fact that Saberspark hasn't seen Heavy Metal makes Metal Jesus cry (probably).

  99. Jr Animations

    Jr Animations

    پیش ماه

    Anyone else remember Nelvana and qubo?

  100. Allison Bilbey

    Allison Bilbey

    پیش ماه

    I immediately went after this review to watch this as I’d never heard of it till now and I can totally understand is the frustration where it’s one of those movies you want to be so good, but due to all the shit the poor studio and animators had to go through, it was alright. Now it wasn’t like unwatchable at all, I watched the whole thing just fine. Music is awesome, villain is of course the best part, and the animation is as smooth as butter.