Coonskin (1975)

R  |   |  Animation, Crime, Drama  |  20 August 1975 (USA)
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Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.



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Cast overview:
Barry White ...
Samson / Brother Bear
Charles Gordone ...
Preacherman / Preacher Fox
Pappy / Old Man Bone (as Scat Man Crothers)
Randy / Brother Rabbit (as Philip Thomas)
Danny Rees ...
Buddy Douglas ...
Jim Moore ...


A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the top of the crime ranks in Harlem by going up against a con-man, a racist cop, and the Mafia. Written by Alan Smithee, Sr.

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If you've been shot on, passed on, gassed on, pushed on or red, white and blued on ... you're ready to turn on to "Coonskin" See more »


Animation | Crime | Drama


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20 August 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bustin' Out  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ralph Bakshi:  as the white cop who speaks through a megaphone before being shot by Maddigan. See more »


[first lines]
Man in Blue: Fuck you.
Man in Yellow: Alright, I'm gonna give some example: I heard that 350 white folks committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. And out of the 350, there was two that was niggers.
Man in Blue: And one of them was pushed.
Man in Yellow: [laughs]
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Spoofs Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973) See more »


Ah'm A Nigger Man
Lyrics by Ralph Bakshi
Music by Scatman Crothers
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2 January 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Streetfight (aka Coonskin) is a very unique film directed by animation pioneer Ralph Bakshi. It is an oddity of the cinema, and is very much worth seeing. It is live action mixed with animation, seemingly influenced on Disney's legendary Song of the South, almost as if it is a response to that flick. Philip Michael Thomas, later to become Don Johnson's sidekick on Miami Vice, and Scatman Crothers, most famous for his role in Kubrick's The Shining, are prison escapees. Charles Gordone and Barry White (yes, that Barry White) are Thomas' friends and plan to help him escape prison. They are stuck at a police roadblock, and Crothers tells Thomas a story about a black rabbit, a bear, and a fox who move from the South to Harlem in order to find a more peaceful existence. The story is animated, and provides a lot of wonderous things to see. Like all of Bakshi's films, most will be annoyed and will dislike the animation. True animation lovers will forgive its clunkiness and fall in love with its inventiveness. The movie is very violent, very sexual, and it is mostly about battles between the races. For a long time, I thought I was watching something extremely important, but after a while, especially after I got done watching it, it started to seem more like a run-of-the-mill blacksploitation flick, along the lines of Superfly. It's very sloppy and doesn't really say anything. Besides, isn't Bakshi white? Whatever the answer to that, Coonskin/Streetfight is still very much worth watching for animation aficionados as well as cult movie fans. 7/10.

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