Science fiction-fantasy animation stories combined with hard rock music should be a winning combination, but the stories themselves are sadly lacking and uninspired except for the first short story about a cab driver in the future. A major hit-and-miss one for me.
As a metalhead I should consider this my holy satanic bible but the grim fact is that the film is a mess. The magazine has the great art work but their clearly running on a budget with no clear direction and at times it makes a saturday morning cartoon look like an oscar winner. Even the voice actors don't seem to have a real direction what to do in some of these scenes. But the South Park episode is still awesome.
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.
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.