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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 death of his friend Duke. Fritz flees across country in a Volkswagen Bug with a girlfriend and encounters a heroin addict biker rabbit and bomb-making terrorist radicals, obvious references to the Hell's Angels and the Black Panthers, respectively. A trippy journey through its anti-establishment times, Fritz the Cat (1972) was viewed as a must-see novelty, a radical departure from the juvenile, saccharine type of animation with which America was familiar. Nevertheless, the film was opposed by Crumb, who felt that his work had been bastardized. The film was followed by a sequel, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974).

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

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

April 18, 2007 | Full Review…

The results, inevitably, were disappointing -- Bakshi just didn't have the money to make it right.

April 18, 2007 | Full Review…

Despite some ingenious effects, a generally trivial exercise that never matches the punch of the original.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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A singular, cohesive, and powerful vision, but it's also an alarmingly toxic one.

December 6, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

X-rated museum piece

February 6, 2010 | Full Review…

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…

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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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Im not sure what this is, but I thought it was okay

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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