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Heavy Metal Details


Inspired by stories from the fantasy graphics magazine Heavy Metal, this five-part animated feature combines the talents of hundreds of artists and animators from 17 different countries. A glowing green orb called Loc-Nar that contains the sum total of all evil in the universe travels through space and time, spreading violence and discord in its wake. The stories that follow demonstrate Loc-Nar's malevolent presence throughout the universe. In New York in the year 2023, cabbie Harry Canyon picks up a fare who turns out to have Loc-Nar in her possession, and it turns out to be one trip he wishes that he had never made. In contemporary suburban America, a nerdy high school kid finds the orb in his backyard and is transported to a comic-book universe where he's a mighty warrior and famous spoiler of women. A robot created by an alien race falls in love with a secretary from Earth who was kidnapped by his masters, while she is at once fascinated and repelled by his sexual talents. And finally, Loc-Nar crashes into a mountain, and a world of fantasy and danger spontaneously appears in its wake, ruled by The Defender, a beautiful amazon who rides on a giant bird. The voice cast for Heavy Metal includes John Candy, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Richard Romanus, and John Vernon. The sound track features selections by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, Cheap Trick, Devo, and Grand Funk Railroad. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 29, 1981


Awarded by
Genie Awards Andy Malcolm Best Sound Editing 1982 Winner
Genie Awards Peter Jermyn Best Sound Editing 1982 Winner
Genie Awards Peter Thillaye Best Sound Editing 1982 Winner
Genie Awards Austin Grimaldi Best Sound 1982 Winner
Genie Awards Ivan Reitman Golden Reel Award 1982 Winner
Genie Awards Daniel Goldberg Best Sound 1982 Winner


Rodger Bumpass
as Fiste, Dr. Anrak
Jackie Burroughs
as Katherine
John Candy
as Desk Sergeant, Dan, Den, Robot
Don Francks
as Grimaldi, Co-Pilot, Barbarian
Martin Lavut
as Ard
Eugene Levy
as Sternn, Male Reporter, Edsel
Marilyn Lightstone
as Whore, Queen
Alice Playten
as Gloria
Harold Ramis
as Zeks
Susan Roman
as Girl, Satellite
Richard Romanus
as Harry Canyon
August Schellenberg
as Nort, Taarak
John Vernon
as Prosecutor
Zal Yanovsky
Thor Bishopric
as Boy
Cedric Smith
as Bartender
Charles Joliffe
as Councilman
George Touliatos
as Pilot, Barbarian
Len Doncheff
as Barbarian
Douglas Kenney
as Regolian
Mavor Moore
as Elder
Warren Munson
as Senator
Joe Flaherty
as Lawyer, General
Patty Dworkin
as Woman Reporter
Harvey Atkin
as Alien, Henchman
Al Waxman
as Rudnick


Gerald Potterton
Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
Angus McKie
Juan Gimenez
Daniel Goldberg
Len Blum
Corny Cole
Dan O'Bannon
Richard Corben
Brian Tufano
Featured Music
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Leonard Mogel
Executive Producer
Daniel Goldberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Austin Grimaldi
Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Warkentin
Lee Mishkin
Peter Jermyn
Sound Editor
Andy Malcolm
Sound Editor
Peter Thillaye
Sound Editor