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Fritz the Cat (1972)

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A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Skip Hinnant ...
Fritz the Cat (voice)
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Bertha / Additional Female Crows (voice)
John McCurry ...
Blue / John / Additional Voices (voice)
Judy Engles ...
Winston Schwartz / Lizard Leader (voice)
Phil Seuling ...
Pig Cop #2 (voice)
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Storyline

A persiflage on the protest movements of the 60s. Its hero is the bold and sex-obsessed tom-cat Fritz the Cat, as created by the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb. Quitting university Fritz the Cat wanders through the hash, Black Panther and Hell's Angels scenes to find to himself. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The CAT that got the CREAM! See more »

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Release Date:

16 October 1972 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,463,315 (Sweden)
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Trivia

For the Harlem bar scene, Bakshi traveled to Washington Square Park and invited several black militants and activists to the recording studio and allowed them to say what they wanted. He edited the results to get the dialog heard in the film. See more »

Goofs

When the two pig cops are reintroduced, Ralph is shown to be wearing brown shoes. This is jarring in and of itself, since Pig Cop #1 is not wearing any shoes. The shoes disappear in the next scene when Ralph gets hit by the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Hey, yeah - the 1960s? Happy times, heavy times.
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Connections

Featured in Arena: The Confessions of Robert Crumb (1987) See more »

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Like it's main character, crass but very smart
22 January 2005 | by (Annapolis, Maryland) – See all my reviews

From what I had heard of this film and the other user comments posted, I was expecting a simple little shock cartoon. What I got was good kick in the pants. And I mean that in a good way. "Fritz the Cat" in many ways exposes the 1960's more than the live action films of its own decade.

The movie starts with 3 construction workers talking on top of an unfinished building. The dialogue is very spontaneous and almost seems ad-libbed. These types of conversations are sprinkled throughout the 80 minute film.

It then transitions to Fritz the cat, a college student who, like many of that era I'm sure, is not sure what it's all for. He decides to "do something real" and ventures into Harlem. From here he meets a wide assortment of people, incites a riot, and has sex with many a woman. It may not always have a point, but the movie has one fun segment after another with little breathing room. Sometimes unnecessarily shocking, sometimes surprisingly inspired, but always quick on its feet.

So please give it a chance. It's a lot more than the notorious cartoon porn it's been labeled as. It's a fun romp through the deprived New York of the 60's, except this time with cartoon characters! What's not to like?

7/10


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