Enjoy The Body Electric – A Rare 1985 Animated TV Movie Featuring A Soundtrack By Rush!

Just a few days ago one of my best friends happened to send me an e-mail asking if I had ever heard of a made for TV movie entitled The Body Electric. I had not and then he was kind enough to send me the link to it on YouTube thanks to the upload by Metzinger Was Right.

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It is pretty incredible. Not only does it have a soundtrack by Rush but when it was originally broadcast it was simulcast in stereo on FM radio, which I can actually just barely remember a local radio station doing the same thing for popular CBS programs in my youth.

Atkinson Film-Arts is the animation studio behind this 1985 TV movie and though sadly it shut down in 1989 it left behind a nice legacy of animated features such as 1978’s The Little Brown Burro, 1979’s The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane, The various Raccoon films from 1980 until 1986, 1983’s The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings and 1984’s The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine to name a few. They also handled the animation for The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Dennis the Menace and COPS TV series. They also worked on the 1981 Heavy Metal segments Harry Canyon and B-17, which is why this TV movie has such a Heavy Metal vibe to it!

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The story for The Body Electric is about the humans of Red Sector A being forced to leave the city by a robot uprising but that was rather short sighted on the robot overlords part as everything begins to decay and fall into ruin including the a shield generator that is about to reach meltdown…which is a bad thing for the two young humans who are exploring the city.

Can Woody and Andrea make it past the robots alive? Will they be able to escape the city before the meltdown? What made the robots take up arms in the first place? Find out for yourselves when you watch The Body Electric!


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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