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Western Animation: Rock and Rule
The war was over . . . The only survivors were street animals - dogs, cats and rats. From them, a new race of mutants evolved. That was a long time ago. Mok, a legendary super rocker, has retired to Ohmtown. There his computers work at deciphering an ancient code which would unlock a doorway between this world and another dimension. Obssessed with his dark experiment, Mok himself searches for the last crucial component: a very special voice.

In this gloriously insane animated film from Canada (The first entirely produced within that country, done by Nelvana), a dark magician and aging rock star's wicked plan to summon a grotesque demon are thwarted by Furries who sing early 80's rock music about The Power of Love.

Yes, that is the actual plot.

Two distinct versions exist - the original Canadian television version, which currently exists only as a transfer from a VHS source, and the American theatrical version (AKA Ring of Power), which features a different voice actor and somewhat altered dialogue for Omar, an extended prologue narration explaining the animalistic appearance of the characters, and some minor changes to the ending.

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Provides Examples Of:

  • After the End: There's some jazz in the prologue about how an apocalyptic war killed off all the humans and now extremely anthropomorphic animals have taken their place as detailed in the quote above. It has absolutely no bearing on the plot at all, just go with it.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Cindy Schlepper escapes this way every Saturday night, apparently, which is convenient for Angel.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Averted by Dizzy who is both The Smart Guy and the drummer.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Angel for Omar, probably, though she's not a saint herself.
  • All Part of the Show: After the demon is sent back and Mok vanishes, Mylar states this, and claims that Mok's just backstage relaxing.
  • Anti-Love Song: Born to Raise Hell ("You're so pretty / Pretty useless!")
  • An Axe to Grind: In a manner of speaking. Omar wields his guitar (aka an 'ax') as weapon almost as much as he does an instrument.
  • Bald of Evil: Mok. Any hair he has is really a wig.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Omar's attempt at rescuing Angel.
  • Big "NO!": Omar's reaction to the sight of an Angel impersonator snuggling up to Mok.
  • The B Grade: Mok's motivation—no, really.
    Mok: My last concert was not completely sold out!
  • Bland-Name Product: Fold, Disa, Nuke York, Carnage Hall (Car-NAH-Gee).
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Mok is often shown this way, especially in the first twenty minutes of so of the movie where he's only ever shown in shadow, with only his eyes visible.
  • Card-Carrying Villain. Mok.
    "My name is Mok, thanks a lot. I know you love that thing I've got. You've never seen the likes of me; why, I'm the biggest thing since World War III - girls?"
  • The Caretaker: Toad is this with his brothers and sister but it doesn't stop him from being a jerk to other people.
  • Cat Girl: Angel may be either this or a rat girl. Singing voice of Debbie Harry no less! (Her speaking voice was Susan Roman.)
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ohmtown's name sounds like an Incredibly Lame Pun on "Hometown". Then Mok finds he needs more electrical power for his summoning rite, and you realize "ohm" is a good name for a town with a gigantic power plant.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Omar, most of the time.
    "It was the freak reference, wasn't it?"
  • Defiant Captive: Angel doesn't put up with being kidnapped and refuses to cooperate with Mok. He finally has her drugged and wired to a computer just to make her sing.
  • Disco Tech: Mok uses music and Angel's voice to conjure up a demon from another dimension.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Care of trippy early-80's CGI.
  • Disney Villain Death: Mok is tossed into his portal to Hell by Toad while Angel and Omar are unsummoning the demon.
  • Get A Load Of That Square: Cindie's reaction to Angel trying to sound hip.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Angel's outfit during the finale is skimpier than her usual.
  • Gonk: Mok to is gross.
  • Good Bad Girl: Angel is only intimate with Omar, but she's not above using feminine charms to get her way.
  • G-Rated Drug: The Edison balls. You wait and wait for someone to say "I'm trippin' balls!". Considering Mok smokes marijuana and snorts cocaine, and at Club 666 they're selling 'ludes and uppers, the Edison Balls are more of a Shout-Out to Sleeper.
  • Hard Light: The light bridge is a bridge made of light.
  • He's Just Hiding: Invoked by Mylar at the end to explain Mok's disappearance. (He isn't hiding.)
    Mylar: Good night, Mok, where ever you are. Just kidding folks, he's just backstage... er, I think.
  • Heel Realization: Zip, thanks to Uncle Mikey. It leads to his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Monumental Damage: Played with in a shot of the Statue of Liberty, still standing but tilted and battered, with ramshackle houses attached to her sides. She survived the war, but is no longer considered anything more than odd-looking real estate.
  • Mushroom Samba: Edison balls cause people to trip out and see weird things.
  • Never Say "Die": "DESTROY THEM ALL!"
  • Nipple and Dimed: Several times in the club.
  • No Man of Woman Born: Mok's computer predicts that the demon can only be turned back by "the magic of one voice, one heart, one song," but then adds there is "no one" who can stop his plan. Mok doesn't count on Omar and Angel singing one song together, Angel with her mystically-attuned voice and Omar because his heart finally beat out his ego and let him sing something she wrote.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Zip's favorite cartoon is "Uncle Mikey", starring a short, pudgy cartoon clown with a big, goofy grin. Though his choppy animation and grotesque face can be off-putting, he's genuinely nice and teaches kids the difference between good and evil.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Angel tries thwarting Mok's plans by seducing him, but he catches on too quick.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now: Mok. This lasts about two seconds before the computer calls it cliché and explains that he can be stopped.
  • Obviously Evil: Mok. He's so incredibly creepy in everything he does, it makes one wonder how he can be popular enough for an album to go "from gold to platinum to plutonium(?) in one day".
  • Panty Shot: There are none of these, as it's easier to describe when you can't see Cindie's underwear.
  • People Puppets: What Mok does to Angel via drugs and a computer hookup; it was the only way to force her to sing.
  • Petting Zoo People: The exact species of several of the characters is up for debate, although the rat-peoples' features seem to be the most recognizable of the three stated types. There's also a wino who looks more like a Pig Man than a canine, feline or rodent, so it's possible that still more varieties of Petting Zoo People arose in the post-holocaust countryside.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Stretch, and two of the three Rollerskating Schlepper Brothers.
  • Police Are Useless: Officer Quadhole and the Nuke York border guard are no help when it comes to stopping Mok's Evil Plan. Thus, Omar and his friends are on their own.
  • Police Code for Everything: Quadhole's got this covered.
    Quadhole: "That's a 419. B and F. Bathing felony. You're lucky I'm not running you in for a 431. Improper swimwear."
  • Police State: Ohm Town has ridiculous laws against things like "improper swimwear". When Nuke York has a blackout, it means the city is put under martial law.
  • The Power of Love: Mok's computer warns him that this is the only thing that can stop his demon; one heart, one song etc.
  • The Power of Rock: It is Exactly What It Says on the Tin; rock has the power to summon demons or defeat them.
  • Rearrange the Song: Six years after Rock & Rule's release, Debbie Harry recorded a remixed version of "Angel's Song", with different lyrics, under the title "Maybe For Sure".
  • Redemption Equals Death: Zip, but only temporarily in the uncut version.
  • Rollerblade Good: The Schleppers are always wearing roller-skates for some reason.
  • Screaming Warrior: Omar, particularly at the climax where he lets out an epic rocker scream.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Mok, both in his first Villainous Breakdown and when he's thrown into the dimensional hole by Toad.
  • Sissy Villain: Mok's status as this becomes obvious by the fifth or so costume change.
  • Smug Snake: Mok borders on this due to his extreme narcissism.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The news anchor and the narrator in the opening both speak like this.
  • Take That: The "Uncle Mikey" scene and the conversation between Mok and his minion afterwards is slam on moral relativism. note 
  • This Cannot Be!: "You can't do this to me! I! AM! MOK!"
  • Those Two Guys: The Rollerskating Schlepper Brothers, Toad, Sleazy and Zip.
    Mok: Mes assistantes stupide.
    • Stretch and Dizzy
  • Unexplained Recovery: In the original Canadian release, Zip is revealed to be alive - with a goofy grin on his face, no less.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Mok has several costume changes in the movie. This even extends to his hair, since it's all wigs.
  • Villain Song: 'My name is Mok' and its attendant Disney Acid Sequence. Plus there's the fact that it was sung by Lou Reed which only adds to the awesomeness. Thoughout the movie snippets of Mok's other songs can be heard as well - all just as egotistical - though "My Name Is Mok" is the only one with a sequence dedicated to it.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Mok more minor freakout late into the movie after a defiant speech by Angel. He goes into his costume room and goes berserk for a little while before one of his henchmen find him.
    • Mok goes beserk with outrage a second time as Omar and Angel banish his demon.


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