In the American release, an introduction states that a war had destroyed the human race , leading to the creation of humanoid animals. Mok, an aging yet legendary rock musician, is on the search for a very special voice that can unleash a powerful demon from another dimension, his dwindling popularity driving him to destroy the world in vengeance and immortalize himself in the process.
After travelling around the world looking for the right voice, he returns to his hometown of Ohmtown, a remote, storm-ravaged village famous for its unique power plant. Meanwhile, at a nightclub, Omar, Angel, Dizzy and Stretch perform in a small rock band. As Angel performs her romantic ballad to a mostly empty audience, Mok hears her sing; he realizes that Angel has the voice he needs when a ring he is wearing reacts to her voice.
Mok invites Angel and the band to his mansion outside of town, where the band is formally introduced to him and his assistants, the "Rollerskating Schlepper Brothers" Toad, Sleazy and Zip. Mok incapacitates Omar and Stretch with hypnotic "Edison Balls" as he takes Angel on a stroll through his garden and tries to convince her to join him. Although Angel is unaware of Mok's true intentions, she refuses to abandon her band.
Unwilling to admit defeat, Mok kidnaps her and takes his blimp to Nuke York, where his summoning, disguised as a concert, will be performed. Following their ejection from Mok's mansion, the band find out what happened to Angel and they follow the blimp in a stolen police car. Before they reach Nuke York, they are arrested by a border guard. Meanwhile, Angel attempts to escape with the unwitting help of Cinderella, the sister of the Schleppers.
While sneaking through the ventilation system, Angel overhears Mok confirming his plans with his computer. At this time, the computer informs Mok that the only way to stop the demon is with "One voice, one heart, one song", but when Mok asks who can do this, the computer replies that there is "no one".
Angel and Cindy escape the building and head to the zero-gravity dance club "Club ", unaware that the Schleppers are following them. Dizzy's aunt bails out Omar and his friends, and tells them of the club. Angel and Cindy are intercepted and taken back to Mok's apartment, and the band tries to follow. Omar eventually bumps into Mok, who uses an impersonator to fool Omar into thinking that Angel has fallen for Mok. To manipulate Angel, Mok captures the band and tortures them with a giant Edison Ball to force her to agree with his demands.
He also brainwashes them to ensure that they stay out of the way. The Nuke York concert turns out to be a disaster due to a power failure. Because the invocation requires a titanic amount of electricity, Mok relocates the summoning to Ohmtown, whose power plant has enough energy, though Zip expresses childlike doubts about whether their actions are good or evil.
During the concert, a power surge causes overloads all over the city. The shock also brings Omar and his friends out of their hypnosis. Stretch finds a poster advertising Mok and Angel's concert and Dizzy sticks with him to save her. After confessing that Omar saw Mok and Angel together, Stretch tries to remind him it's all mind games.
Omar, still believing Mok's earlier deception, refuses to help Dizzy and Stretch stop the concert. They go without him in a stolen police car, but crash at the concert too late, as Mok forces Angel to summon the demon with her song.
But Omar has a change of heart and arrives to free Angel from her electronic shackles before the demon can turn on her. When the demon attacks Omar, Zip seemingly sacrifices himself to save Omar's life.
Angel tries singing to force the demon back, but her lone voice has no effect. But Omar joins in harmony with Angel, and thus the creature is weakened and driven back into its own dimension. Mok is thrown into the portal by the vengeful Toad, and as he is sealed away, he realizes that "no one" did not mean that the demon could not be stopped; it meant instead that "no one voice" could, acting alone; two voices and two hearts singing as one were needed for the counter-spell.
The audience believes the confrontation to have been part of the concert's theatrics, and the band continues their song in triumph. The movie began development in as a children's film entitled " Drats! The film was produced without a well defined script;   so the crew would develop and work on sequences, leaving holes for more layers of the story to be added later.
Over animators worked on the film. The animation was of unusually high quality for the era it began production in , and the special effects were mostly photographic techniques, as computer graphics were in their infancy. Computers were used to generate only a few images in the film. However, they did not care about the animated feature and gave it only an extremely small limited release in theatres. Due to some scenes involving adult themes such as sexuality and profanity , the film was uniquely marketed. Paul Le Mat was cast and Omar's obscenities were written out.
The prologue was also altered, giving a reason why the characters are part animal. Released through United Artists in April , the revised film was unable to find an audience at the box office. It was this chopped version that quickly found its way to VHS and laserdisc. The film was initially broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in  uncut and including parental warnings. In , the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation began airing the original cut, which featured extra footage, a different, clearer audio mix, the original voice of Omar, original shots that had been replaced by alternate footage, and the shot of Zip regaining consciousness at the conclusion.
Bootleg copies of the film ended up being sold at comic book conventions, but these copies erroneously listed the film as having been done by Ralph Bakshi. Other features would be the alternate 'Ring of Power' introduction sequence and a slightly different rough-cut version of the ending. Also included is the trailer for Electric Dragon On September 28, , a Blu-ray Disc was released by Unearthed Films and has two versions of the film in one disc.
Because of MGM's lack of interest in the film, very little promotion was given. The film was mentioned in an episode of Night Flight , when Lou Reed was interviewed and incorrectly credited as the voice of Mok. Marvel Comics published a comic book adaptation with authentic pictures from the film and its production in Marvel Super Special Spin magazine called Rock and Rule "the greatest oddball scifi musical ever committed to animation cels". In any case, the mood is dopey and loud". Mike McPadden of Vice wrote that "it's enjoyable on its own merits and potently nostalgic.
Presumably, due to the film's limited release and the fact that the artists were under contract to different record labels, a proper album was never issued, although a promotional cassette was given to the press featuring nine songs from the movie. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Release date. Running time. Box Office Mojo. The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. Retrieved 6 June Cartoon Guitar Mutants and Lou Reed! LA Weekly. Marvel Super Special February Canadian Film and Television Production Association.
Retrieved Unearthed Films. Event occurs at We started development of the film in as "Drats," and it was a film that was skewed to a much younger audience, with softer, younger characters, and it was a bit more Grimms' Fairy Tale quality about it. Archived from the original on Clive Smith: It was sort of a post-apocalyptic world where some dreadful disaster has happened.
And out of that came a new race of creatures. Mutants, which were partly animal, partly human. When it was Drats! The Critical Eye. We had an idea where Angel, who started off as a Drat, basically normal Drat-type person.
But when Mok finds her and steals her, rather than control her through some electro-digital futuristic device, which he does in the film, he actually changed her into a guitar. So Mok actually had this sort of feminine form that was half-guitar, half-woman, shall we say, for his final performance. So as he played her, so she sang. It was pretty, kind of, erotic. Clive Smith: I think some of the thinking of that was we were convinced that it was harder to animate humans than it was to animate fuzzy little creatures.
And we were advised at the time, I guess by certain acquaintances in Hollywood, that we should be aiming at an older audience. And so we basically turned the picture around completely. And just targeted it much, much older. Clive Smith: We didn't have a script, we had an idea. Neither script nor storyboard was developed chronologically.
They began by creating a very rough concept of the story, a mere skeletal structure onto which any number of plot and story elements might be added. Clive Smith: We had a concept, and we started to develop not just the writing, but on a parallel stream we started to develop characters and the animators themselves all contributed the development of the characters and the development of the story. But story ideas would come up, we would write sequences that reflected this very rough concept, and those sequences then would be developed.
Maclean Hunter Limited. June 13, — via Internet Archive. The Globe and Mail. Although the CBC aired Ring of Power two months ago and Embassy Home Entertainment will distribute it as a video cassette, Loubert says he does not expect it to reach the big screen.