Heavy Metal (1981) (part 8 of 9)

Pan back out from the city, and then there’s an interminable tracking shot of someone in a cloak flying on a pteranodon-type creature. I’ll admit it’s an impressive piece of animation from a technical standpoint, especially considering the times in which it was made, but it still goes on way too long when we just want this thing to end already. The damn thing even tricks us by having the person dive into a canyon where the screen fades to black, only to come right back out and keep flying!

Caption contributed by Ryan

Yes, very pretty. Now can we please move on?

The tracking shot ends, and we think we’re done, only for the flying sequence to continue with several more conventional shots. And in most of them, you can barely see the pteranodon. At least Elmer Bernstein gives us some nice music during all of this, but come on!

Caption contributed by Ryan

End! End!

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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

Multi-Part Article: Heavy Metal (1981)

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