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Heavy Metal (1981)

Science fiction, sword-and-sorcery, violence, sex, drug culture and humour all featured in varying degrees in Heavy Metal, an animated feature that took its title from the adult fantasy magazine of the same name.

An astronaut takes home a glowing green orb for his daughter but the orb kills him and traps the girl.

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Claiming to be the personification of all evil, the malevolent sphere – known as the Loc-Nar – frightens the little girl by showing her a number of weird and fantastic stories it has influenced.

Of the six segments that comprised the film, one involving an un-heroic cab driver in a futuristic New York, and another in which a young bookworm is transformed into an inter-galactic stud, were the best.

The others, including an alien-type yarn of doomed B-17 pilots, a comedy Hulk-style send-up, and a fantasy in which a Pentagon secretary is abducted by a flying saucer, had less of an edge to them but benefited from some striking animation.

The voices for the animation included those of Harold Ramis, John Candy and Eugene Levy.

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Don Francks
Harry Canyon
Richard Romanus
Rudnick
Al Waxman
Alien/Henchman
Harvey Atkin
Desk Sergeant
John Candy
Whore 1
Glenis Wootton Gross
Whore 2
Marilyn Lightstone
Dan/Den
John Candy
Queen
Marilyn Lightstone
Katherine Wells
Jackie Burroughs
Ard
Martin Lavut
Norl
August Schellenberg
Capt. Lincoln P. Sternn
Eugene Levy
Lawyer Charlie
Joe Flaherty
Regolian
Douglas Kenney
Gloria
Alice Playten
Robot
John Candy
Zeke
Harold Ramis
Barbarian Leader
Vlasta Vrana
Taarak
August Schellenberg
Hanover Fiste
Rodger Bumpass
Dr. Anrak
Rodger Bumpass

Directors
Gerald Potterton
Jimmy Teru Murakami
Harold Whitaker
Pino Van Lamsweerde
Jack Stokes
Paul Sabella
Julian Szuchopa
Barrie Nelson
Lee Mishkin
John Halas
John Bruno

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