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Fritz the Cat

Fritz the Cat (1972)


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In the hands of writer and director Ralph Bakshi, a popular underground comics character was the inspiration for the first X-rated animated feature in Hollywood history, over the strenuous objections of its creator, cartoonist Robert Crumb. Fritz is a feline college student of New York City in the '60s, using hippie buzzwords and fashion to score easy sex and drugs. After smoking some strong marijuana in Harlem, Fritz hallucinates and ignites a shooting incident with the police, resulting in the



Dec 11, 2001

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Excellent animation and montage shore up a plot which has a few howls, several chuckles and many smiles.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The results, inevitably, were disappointing -- Bakshi just didn't have the money to make it right.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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Despite some ingenious effects, a generally trivial exercise that never matches the punch of the original.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (3)
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X-rated museum piece

February 6, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Aficionados of Crumb's work weren't enthralled by the movie when it came out, and time hasn't been kind to it.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (2)

Best observed as a cultural artifact.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (2)
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Bawdy animated fun--a classic.

October 5, 2006

Cats with cleavage? I think not.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)

Full of animated, nude, cartoon animals and some of the most vitriolic racism (disguised as empowerment) ever put on film, Fritz the Cat is so bad that Crumb, after seeing the film, killed the character in one of his comics.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Those who consider themselves un-cool can still take pleasure in viewing this strange adult-oriented feature length cartoon, the likes of which flourished briefly in the 1970s but never became established as mainstream entertainment.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Despite the somewhat meandering nature of its plot, the film's underlying messages about social hypocrisy on all levels still has a strong bite to it, and it remains one of the more creative and daring forays in feature-length animation.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Despite the curiosity it inspires, the world's first X-rated cartoon falls flat in its first ten minutes.

May 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You | Comments (3)
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May 11, 2013
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A real slice of the times bit of satire, Fritz the Cat is a cult favourite and an interesting piece of historical satire. It's a shame that the makers didn't stick to the original or get Crumb's approval but I believe they did manage to bring new and positive qualities to the character. I also liked what Crumb did with the character in retaliation to the film, it all adds to the interesting development of the underground comic movement. To dismiss it as a racist, drug fuelled animated orgy is to misunderstand it completely. I really like this style of animation too, it's what I grew up on.
January 25, 2013

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A crude, surreal and darkly comedy. Fritz the Cat it's a real classic of the underground films, with a political background, Bakshi's work presents a weird animated New York in the 60's, full of hippie fashion, free sex, marijuana culture, racism and social problems. The "stud cat" Fritz have a view of all the society and make a personal trip, in based of his on philosophy, always meeting strange characters like: a heroin addict rabbit, terrorist radicals, unprofessionals cops, intellectual New York people and etc, etc, etc... Sometimes too screwball, dumb and overblown, but Fritz The Cat is an unique and remarkable animated film with a good soundtrack. Disturbing and maddening. Fresh.
April 25, 2012
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    1. Fritz the Cat: As a writer and poet it is my duty to get out there and dig the world.
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