The Bottled Imp – Episode 088
The Bottled Imp takes a look (or listen?) to the 1981 Canadian-American sci-fi fantasy animated film ‘Heavy Metal’ directed by Gerald Potterton. Rock on!
I’d never seen this film before but was aware of the striking poster as a kid. Over time, I’d seen the image of a woman warrior, sword raised triumphantly in air whilst riding a dragon type creature many a time for one reason and another. Enough was enough. Time to peek into this animation that was “America’s number one hit!”
Based on the sci-fi and fantasy American magazine of the same name, published by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogal, which itself was based on the French magazine ‘Metal Hurlant’, the film is a collection of short stories. Good to know before you watch the film! I didn’t and was initially confused by the different amount of characters and storylines. There is an over-arching story to link them all into a modern day doomsday prophecy and helped me come to the conclusion that this was a collection of stories.
As you can imagine with such a film title, it must have some reference to that genre of music? Yes, it does. The sound track is made up of heavy metal tracks rather than being part of any of the stories. If you are a fan of this music then there are some treats for you here. Bands I recognise were Journey, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and even Stevie Nicks. Another surprise was hearing the voice of the comedy actor John Candy. Listen carefully and you can hear him voice a few different characters.
With adult themes and graphic content, this is most certainly for adults. I was in for a shock I can tell you! I’m happy I’ve sated my curiosity and have seen beyond the poster. Will you be?
The Bottled Imp
Exploring the Realms of Fantasy.
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Presented by Ken Boyter
Produced & Directed by Julian Newman Turner
Music by Greg Breden
Artwork by Richard Nairn