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663 Ratings

Fritz the Cat

Directed by Ralph Bakshi
United States, 1972
Comedy, Animation


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 an incident…

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Fritz the Cat Directed by Ralph Bakshi

Critics reviews

It’s a far cry from Bakshi’s best, especially considering that he’d go on to tackle the same territory in the undisputed classics Heavy Traffic and Coonskin. Fritz is still worth watching as both a time capsule and an early example of Bakshi’s bouncy brutalism.
December 14, 2018
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A former Terrytoons animator, Bakshi cranks up the crude sexuality of Crumb’s comix while satirizing the violence and underlying racism often found in Golden-Age animation (looking at you, Disney and Warner Bros.). Paving the way for risqué cartoons like South Park and Adult Swim, Fritz the Cat, the first-ever X-rated animated feature, still resonates today.
April 15, 2015
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