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Trailers from Hell on X-Rated 'Fritz the Cat'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 25, 2014 at 11:17AM

Trailers from Hell's Mick Garris takes a look at another film by animation legend Ralph Bakshi, "Fritz the Cat," from 1972. NSFW!
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'Fritz the Cat'
'Fritz the Cat'

Trailers from Hell's Mick Garris takes a look at another film by animation legend Ralph Bakshi, "Fritz the Cat," from 1972. NSFW!

The great cartoonist/provocateur Robert Crumb disowned this 1972 film based on his comic strip about the low-down adventures of a randy tom-cat. Clearly a labor of love for director Ralph Bakshi, he spent years finding backing and several more years producing it. With the help of long-time Disney animator Edwin Aardal ("Fantasia"), Bakshi finds a reasonable approximation of Crumb’s densely populated visual style but he doesn’t capture the passive-aggressive humor of the misanthropic artist’s shaggy-dog storytelling. The movie flaunted its adults only rating (“We’re not rated X for nothin’, baby!”), not only to cement its counter-culture cred but to distance itself from more juvenile animation fare. Producer Steve Krantz began his career in animation with the bottom-of-the-barrel syndicated shows, "The Mighty Thor" and "Spider-Man" in 1966-67.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.