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Fritz the Cat
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Director:
Writers:
Ralph Bakshi (screenplay)
Robert Crumb (characters)
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Release Date:
16 October 1972 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The CAT that got the CREAM! See more »
Plot:
A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
How far have we progressed in 30 years? See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Skip Hinnant ... Fritz the Cat (voice)

Rosetta LeNoire ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ralph Bakshi ... Narrator / Pig Cop #1 (voice) (uncredited)
Mary Dean ... Girl #1 / Girl #2 / Girl #3 / Harriet (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Spidar ... Bar Patron / Duke the Crow (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Bakshi 
 
Writing credits
Ralph Bakshi (screenplay)

Robert Crumb (characters)

Produced by
Steve Krantz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ed Bogas 
Ray Shanklin 
 
Cinematography by
Ted C. Bemiller  (as Ted Bemiller)
Gene Borghi 
 
Film Editing by
Renn Reynolds 
 
Production Management
Bob Revell .... production manager
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
 
Sound Department
Gene Coleman .... additional dialogue recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Susan Jonas .... special effects (as Susan Cary)
Helen Jordan .... special effects
Irene Sandberg .... special effects
 
Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animator (as Edward Aardal)
Fred Abranz .... assistant animator (as Alfred Abranz)
Cosmo Anzilotti .... animator
Cosmo Anzilotti .... layout artist
Clifford Augustson .... animator
Ted Bonnicksen .... animator (as Theodore Bonnicksen)
Ted Bonnicksen .... second layout (as Theodore Bonnicksen)
Robert Brown .... animation checker
Ethlynn Dalton .... animation checker
James Davis .... animator
James Davis .... layout artist (as Jim Davis)
Dotti Foell .... animation checker (as Dorothy Foell)
Jack Foster .... assistant animator
John Gentilella .... animator
Milton Gray .... animator
Milton Gray .... assistant animator
Karen Haus .... assistant animator
Jack Kerns .... assistant animator
Bob Kirk .... assistant animator (as Robert Kirk)
Helen Komar .... assistant animator
Michael Lloyd .... second background
Jim Logan .... assistant animator (as James Logan)
Dick Lundy .... animator (as Richard Lundy)
Dick Lundy .... second layout (as Richard Lundy)
Bob Maxfield .... animator (as Robert Maxfield)
Norm McCabe .... animator (as Norman McCabe)
M. Frann McCracken .... animation checker
Lew Ott .... second layout (as Lewis Ott Jr.)
Manuel Perez .... animator
Larry Riley .... animator (as Lawrence Riley)
Virgil Ross .... animator
Rod Scribner .... animator (as Roderick Scribner)
John Sparey .... animator
John Sparey .... layout artist
Nick Tafuri .... animator (as Nicholas Tafuri)
Martin Taras .... animator
Ira Turek .... background designer
James Tyer .... animator
John Vita .... background artist
Art Vitello .... assistant animator (as Arthur Vitello)
John Walker .... animator
John Walker .... second layout
Ray Young .... assistant animator
Ellie Zika .... color modeler
 
Music Department
Ed Bogas .... musical director
 
Other crew
Marion Nobel .... production assistant
Nate Smith .... traffic manager
 

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Runtime:
78 min | Sweden:79 min | Argentina:80 min
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Color:
Black and White (end credits) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (edited version) | Canada:18A (edited version) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 | France:X (original rating) | France:-18 (re-rating) | France:U (re-rating) | Germany:16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (1995) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1994) | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Peru:18 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Africa:18 (LSV) | South Korea:(Banned) | Spain:(Banned) (1972-1978) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1994) | USA:Unrated | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) | USA:X (rating surrendered) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
According to Fritz's creator Robert Crumb, when Ralph Bakshi and Steve Krantz approached him for permission to a film on his character, Fritz the Cat, he refused, so Bakshi and Krantz made the film without his permission. Ralph Bakshi, however has a different account of the story: "He [Crumb] wanted to take credit for the entire thing. Luckily, film doesn't work that way." Bakshi's account seems more realistic, considering R. Crumb's ego problems. Crumb later killed off Fritz in a story titled "Fritz the Cat - Superstar," in which Fritz was a burnt out superstar, being exploited by characterizations of Krantz and Bakshi, who have already signed him up to do a line of sequels. Fritz winds up being stabbed in the back of the head by a female ostrich. R. Crumb thought that this would stop the further production of sequels to "Fritz the Cat." Ralph Bakshi, who had said all he had to say with the first "Fritz the Cat" movie, moved on to Heavy Traffic (1973). Krantz, who wanted to continue to make money off of the character signed 'Robert Taylor' to write and direct The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) for him.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the scene when Winston and Fritz are out in the desert, Winston's shirt color consistently changes from being light red to being dark purple, during the entire scene.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:Hey, yeah - the 1960s? Happy times, heavy times.
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54 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
How far have we progressed in 30 years?, 24 March 2003
Author: pjmuck from West Orange, NJ

I came across the recently released DVD of this film in, of all places, the children's video section of Virgin Megastore. Whether or not this poorly miscategorized placement was of simple ignorance or whether the intent weas subversive and it was intentionally and deliberately placed in the children's section, I found myself grinning and reluctant inform anyone of the error. After all, nobody gave me any forewarnings when I was a kid either, as some things you just have to discover on your own, and the thought of some poor innocent parents popping this film on for their kid only to look on in horror at the visions that would soon unfold sounded dastardly and funny indeed.

I was 7 years old when Fritz the Cat first hit the screen, and while I didn't see the film for the first time until I was well into my twenties, the film nevertheless had a lasting impact on my childhood. This film had taken on a reputation of mythical proportions in my Brooklyn hometown neighborhood, partly due to the older teens on my street who were all too eager to share shocking details contained therein, as only the best subversive intentions can do, and further securing the film's status as "every parent's nightmare". To a child about to undergo serious growing pains and a naturally growing curiosity towards all things "adult-related", Fritz the Cat was very much my earliest childhood memory of the themes of sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, racism, you name it, and it was a symbol for naughtiness that all coming of age kids couldn't wait to catch a sneak peak of, or at least couldn't wait to reach the age when we could view such subject matter freely.

As a movie, it hasn't lost any of it's impact in 30 years, and fewer films truly capture the grittiness and raw edge of New York city in the 70's (French Connection is another good example). I dare say that it could be considered more offensive now than ever, as I fear that today many just might not "get it," despite our self-proclamation that we've come a long way in maturity and tolerance of such sensitive issues. Modern society has become so politically correct and desensitized to controversial issues that we're less tolerant and understanding of the original intent of a film such as this, especially when it's messages are not consistent with our modern value system. Thus, some of the obvious stereotypes presented in this film (such as the pigs portraying cops and the crows portraying blacks, for example), could never be presented in a film today. Granted, these images were meant to be offensive in the 70's as well, but they were obviously taken in a different light back then, as they were indicative of a specific brand of biting satire found in the 70's and hippie culture and a reflection of how that particular generation could openly address such social issues. These issues, such as racism, are clearly still relevant today, we just address them in a different manner, which is why Fritz the Cat still has potency yet is more or less looked upon as a curious time capsule of a bygone era today.

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