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Shades of Taarna: The Strokes’ ‘At the Door’ Is a Familiar Cosmic Saga

Strokes - At The Door animation

The Strokes have posted a video for their latest single, “At the Door,” and we’re tempted to call it an homage to the 1981 Heavy Metal movie. There’s no Taarna per se, but there is a female protagonist who wields a giant sword and slices up some scummy bad guys. There are spaceships galore and hooded figures participating in solemn, unexplained rites. There’s plenty of green glow and there’s a scared Earth-child. And death — cold, remorseless, lonely space death. We’ll pay it our highest compliment and say it feels like a missing segment from our celebrated film. Hats off to The Strokes and the talented animators who worked on this clip:

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Watch the Trailer for “April and the Extraordinary World”

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Watch the Trailer for Ralph Bakshi’s “Last Days of Coney Island”

October 23, 2015 • Animation, News

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Sumer

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