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.Compare Jem and Kidd Video.
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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.
"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.
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.
Mok: (completely unfazed): "Thank you. Shall we see them off?"
It's All About Me: Mok is so self-absorbed it falls squarely into A God Am I territory - this is a man who routinely writes songs solely about how divinely awesome he is, and how everyone must worship him. When people don't completely worship him, he snaps and decides to summon a demon to teach them a lesson.
"I Want" Song: Angel's song is essentially about her faithfulness to Omar, despite his apparent coldness.
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.
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.
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.
Take That: The "Uncle Mikey" scene and the conversation between Mok and his minion afterwards is slam on moral relativism. note Albeit a very ham-fisted one that really comes across less like a philosophical belief and more like a destructive asshole using the Theme Park Version of moral relativism/subjective morality to weakly justify his desire to destroy others for petty reasons.
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.