A sweeping story of the battle of good against evil is told through an anthology of short animated films about a glowing green orb (the Loc-Nar) that is the personification of ultimate evil in the universe. Based loosely on the American magazine “Heavy Metal,” and the French magazine “Métal Hurlant”.
Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian-American adult animated sci-fi-fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of Heavy Metal magazine, the basis for the film. The screenplay was written by Daniel Goldberg and Len Blum.
The film is an anthology of various science fiction and fantasy stories adapted from Heavy Metal magazine and original stories in the same spirit. Like the magazine, the film features a great deal of graphic violence, sexuality, and nudity. Its production was expedited by having several animation houses working simultaneously on different segments.
Heavy Metal (1981)
Directed by: Gerald Potterton, John Halas
Starring: Harvey Atkin, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Marilyn Lightstone, Harold Ramis, Richard Romanus, Alice Playten, Rodger Bumpass
Screenplay by: Daniel Goldberg
Production Design by: Michael C. Gross
Film Editing by; Ian Llande, Mick Manning, Gerald Tripp
Art Direction by: Pat Gavin
Music by: Elmer Bernstein
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: August 7, 1981