Monday, July 27, 2009

Fritz the Cat (1972)

Fritz the Cat

Written by Robert Crumb (comic books) & Ralph Bakshi
Directed by Ralph Bakshi

Skip Hinnant .... Fritz the Cat (voice)


It's sometime in the 1960's and Fritz is your average everyday college student: young, horny and painfully dumb. He's also a cat, whose prime obsession is sex, and it matters not what species his partner is: cat, dog, fox…it's all just pussy to him. When an orgy at a pot-party gets out of control, Fritz inadvertently becomes a fugitive from the law. The exhilaration of life on the lam sends him out into the night, desperate for more kicks, and he finds himself at an all-black bar (whose patrons are portrayed, perhaps politically incorrectly, as crows). There, he hooks up with a zoot-suited hipster who takes him to Harlem. Fritz realizes the plight of the black man and tries to rally the troops, instead inciting the locals into a violent, bloody riot. In the aftermath, he and his girl Winston "bug out" for San Francisco. When their car breaks down in the desert, Fritz abandons her and strikes out on his own, hitches a ride with a bugged-out biker, and attends a secret meeting of revolutionaries. He realizes that free love is the only revolution he needs and we end on pretty much the same note as we began.



Fritz is good for a one-time watch, but not as good as it should have been. Bakshi truly isn't the animation genius many people will have you believe, but he does get kudos for tackling underground projects that major studios wouldn't touch. The plot, which seems to be based on two different Fritz comic book stories (Fritz Bugs Out and Fritz The No-Good, both of which were collected with a third story, Secret Agent For The CIA, in a 1969 trade paperback, which I'm proud to say I own a first-edition copy of), comes off as a bit too episodic and too loosely tied together. A tighter script could have gone a long way for this feature.



BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR: Pig dick; Tie-dyed temple; Mickey Mouse; Bunny on a hog; Slapping the horse; bathroom orgy;

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: Robert Crumb, who created Fritz The Cat for his series of underground comix, originally refused to sell the rights to the character. His wife, who had power-of-attorney, however, went behind his back and made the deal anyway; This was the first animated movie to receive an X rating;



View the trailer below!


1972
Rated X
78 Minutes
Color Animation
United States
English

Fritz the Cat is currently ranked #6,903 in DVD's at Amazon.com. Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it at Netflix, or buy it today!

--J/Metro

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