Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentoons: Romie-o & Julie-8 (1979)

Canada's Nelvana Studios served up a very, very loose adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, set in the far flung future.

Romie-o & Julie-8 was premiered in syndication in April 1979, but hasn't seen the light of day much since. As with The Devil & Daniel Mouse, ex-Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian wrote much of the music, aided this time by The Band's Richard Manuel and a then-unknown blues singer-songwriter who'd later become a household name, especially in the home district, Rory Block.

The plot: The titular androids meet at a convention, where Romie-o saves Julie-8 from an overly amorous human. We all know that robots aren't supposed to have human emotions, but it's become increasingly common in science fiction to give androids human feelings, to make it easier for them to fit in. Luckily, unlike Shakespeare's original story, this has a happy ending. Of course it would.

How the networks passed on this, I'll never know, though it probably did air on a Canadian network........!

Rating: B.

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