It was pretty cool as I remember it, with fun animated takes on a number of "Heavy Metal" themes, including Blue Oyster Cult's Veterans of a 1000 Psychic Wars, although it was based more on the comic books of the time.
Brightly-colored, weird, hilarious, filled with male sexual fantasy, emphatically 80s, and tons of fun. HEAVY METAL ambitiously combines several different genres, art styles, and tones to create a wonderfully imperfect film. It's exciting spectacle with a layer of adolescent philosophy frosting on top ("Evil is bad and good will always win, uh...in our hearts or something! Hooray!"). Also the soundtrack is magic \m/
I had in mind a 4/5, but the soundtrack is well deserving of a full star, how can you even say no to Black Sabbath. After this anthology, I'll definitely have to get some Heavy Metal magazines for the collection, all of the artwork is just too unreal. Some of the animations/scenarios on the film are unbelievable, others are just extremely shitty, which makes all of it even better. Badass all the way through.
The kind of movie that you sort of hate while you're watching it but it takes up space in your head and won't leave and starts to convince you that maybe your first impression was wrong...
I kind of love the shit out of the grubby animation though.
This was a gonzo trip through a mystical, wild, action packed, and even funny reality. Psychedelic visuals, rockin' soundtrack, and over-the-top story makes this one of my favorite animated movies yet.
An absolute masterwork of animation, adopting such a unique and acid-drenched animation style really brings these vignettes to life. The viewer is thrust into a universe, put at the whim of the Loc-Nar, and thrust into a series of newer universes, each one a little more violent, a little more psychedelic, a little more sexual, and a little more like the most amazing thing you've ever dreamed.
When I first saw this 20-odd years ago it was some weird, subversive revelation-type shit. (Granted, I was 11 or 12.) But rewatching it today as a jaded, desensitized 34 year-old? It's, uh, kinda terrible.