late 1970s – 1980s animated sci fi movie but cannot find anything about it!


hello everyone and thanks to anyone reviewing my question, so I’m looking for an animated sci-fi movie from the late 1970s – 80s. the movie art resembles “fire and ice” but had more gore (it’s not heavy metal or wizards)it kinda resembled Frank Frazetta’s art style. I cannot remember the plot but remember that the main character is a space bandit of sorts and if I am not mistaken at the beginning of the movie he was a slave in some space empire.
If anyone can help I would be very thankful!

BuckAhRue Answered question Jul 23, 2022

I’ll give it a go… I’m not too familar with anime, but it just might be Galaxy Express 999 ( There are a couple of them, and I do remember there were space pirates in one of them. From what you’ve described, this film has all of that. The first time I saw it, I was quite literally blown away. I never knew that “cartoons” could be so violent, gritty, and yet so emotionally compelling. This was the first proper anime film that I had ever seen of this nature (back in 1998).

^ See also Space Pirate Captain Harlock, who is a character in the film(s) mentioned above (

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