Don't be fooled by the (almost) cute and cuddly looking creatures on the front cover... this is not for the kiddies.
Set in the post-apocalyptic future, humans have been wiped out and highly evolved forms of cats, rats and dogs have taken over. This isn't necessary for the storyline, indeed the characters could well have been human, but considering this was the first full length animated feature to come out of Canada, you can give the animators some credit for admitting "animals are easier to animate then humans". Mok, an aging rock star is perturbed by the fact that his last concert wasn't full up. To get his revenge on the general public, he plans to raise a beast from another dimension, but he needs one thing, a very special voice.
Enter out protagonists Omar and Angel. Well to give away more might be considered spoiling the story, but let me assure you, whether or not the storyline sounds far fetched and a little flawed... well... it is, but that doesn't stop this film being totally enjoyable!
Firstly the animation is very fluid. The characters themselves are all a joy to watch, Angel as a strong female lead and Omar as a bit of an anti-hero, but you can't help but like him. It's the villain, Mok, however, who steals the show, being one of the most charismatic cartoon characters I have ever had the joy of watching. No surprise considering he was modelled off such personalities as Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop and Bowie. His personality is quite simply spot-on.
The feel of the film is much darker then most animated features, with constant storm clouds looming in the air and buildings with an industrial feel to them. Think Final Fantasy VII if you can.
As for the soundtrack, it's superb! We have Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Cheap Trick, Iggy Pop and Earth, Wind and Fire each contributing their own song (or songs) for different characters as well as a wonderfully atmospheric score.
But who exactly this film is aimed at...? Being, primarily a film about rock and roll it's understandable that there are sometimes implications of drug use (and other times it's down right obvious), suggestive situations as well as a couple of softer swear words. Though Rock and Rule perhaps balances dangerously between being aimed kids and adults, I certainly wouldn't show this to any child.
This two disc set includes the feature film, commentary, "The Devil and Daniel Mouse" (the cartoon on which this was based), making of, character sketches and quite a bit more! Definitely value for money!
Here I come to a stop, because to me the joy of watching this film is beyond words. Just buy it!