Fritz the Cat

Film, Animation
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Fritz the Cat

Animated feature based on Robert Crumb's comic strip, detailing a young hipster cat's exploits with dope, Harlem, the police, the Angels, etc. Despite some ingenious effects, a generally trivial exercise that never matches the punch of the original.

Release details

Duration: 78 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Screenwriter: Ralph Bakshi
Cast: Skip Hinnant
Rosetta Le Noire
John McCurry
Judy Engles
Phil Seuling
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Ralph Bakshi, the father of adult animated film. Way before Sausage Party and South Park, Bakshi brought Robert Crumb's beatnik-type cat to life onscreen. Although it comes with its flaws, it's a film that cuts deep with sharp satire when it's at its best, and as animated films go, it's the kind of picture you can't look away from, with something interesting to look out for in every scene. It doesn't fully utilise the animal anthropomorphism, but nonetheless manages to paint a dark picture of American hippie culture in the 60s, with sex, drugs and an overall disenfranchisement with corporate life. This is no Zootopia, but its lawless, genital laden world will still leave you enraptured, though admittedly for far different reasons.