Episode 86 – Rock & Rule
This week’s episode comes to us from mega listener Shawn via Facebook. Rock & Rule was an animated sci-musical produced by Nelvana. The same producer that brought us Inspector Gadget and The Care Bears? Yes, you read that correctly. To say that this film is obscure and has a cult following is a massive understatement. This movie had a very limited release with a box office of only $30,000. But why? What happened? Why such a limited release? Grab a listen as we dive in to the who, what, where, why, and see how well this cult classic holds to the test of time!
Rock & Rule (known as Ring of Power outside North America) is a 1983 Canadian adult animated musical science fiction fantasy film from the animation studio Nelvana, marking the first time the company has made an animated production for adults. It was produced and directed by the company’s founders, Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert, and Clive A. Smith. The film features the voices of Don Francks, Greg Salata, and Susan Roman. It was the studio’s first feature film and the first English language one produced entirely within Canada.
Nelvana, The Care Bears, Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert, Peter Sauder, Ralph Bakshi, Clive A. Smith, Beetlejuice, Caillou, Cosmic Christmas, Patricia Cullen, Deborah Harry, Blondie, Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, Earth Wind & Fire, Melleny Brown, Iggy Pop, Robin Zander, MGM, Canadian Film Development, Greg Salata, Paul Le Mat, Weekend at Bernie’s, American Graffiti, Susan Roman, Sailor Moon, Sailor Jupiter, Robocop The Animated Series, The Nutcracker Prince, The Raccoons, Don Francks, Cree Summer, Boba Fett, Dan Hennessey, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, My Pet Monster, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Chris Wiggins, Dinosaucers, Brent Titcomb, Martin Lavut, Keith Hampshire, Maurice LaMarche, Catherine O’Hara, Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Theatrical trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kPP45npLaQ
Full Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q62RjHfX5yM
The Making of Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGQ5Y-nlfhM