4 items from 2015
Long overdue swansong (?) from the master of gritty hand-drawn urban animation. Ralph Bakshi defined the animated back alley scuzz look of 1970s NYC, spoiling with grit, dirt and counter-culture grime, in his iconic classics Fritz The Cat, Heavy Traffic, Coonskin, and American Pop before shifting tone to fantasy fiction with Wizards and Lord Of…
- Chris Alexander
Tim here. One of the most important events in animation in all of 2015 happened this week; it is important to stress that this doesn't mean it's also one of the best things. But the first new piece of animation from living legend Ralph Bakshi in almost 20 years is certainly worth spending a moment with, though now that I've seen the 22-minute Last Days of Coney Island – currently available for rental on Vimeo, where it just had its world premiere – I can't really claim that I want to stretch that moment out too long.
The film finds Bakshi, whose 77th birthday was October 29, returning to the territory of his most characteristic works from the early 1970s, including Heavy Traffic, the infamous race relations fable Coonskin, and his groundbreaking debut, Fritz the Cat. That is, it's a story about the New York City of Bakshi's battle-hardened memories of youth, involving deeply »
- Tim Brayton
Director Ralph Bakshi is launching his new animated film, “Last Days of Coney Island,” on Oct. 29 — his 77th birthday — with an exclusive release on Vimeo on Demand, Variety has learned exclusively.
The national release of “Last Days of Coney Island” follows a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $174,000 from 1,290 backers.
Bakshi created, directed and mostly animated the 22-minute movie, described as a mafia horror pic set in the 1960s in Coney Island with political overtones both realistic and outrageous, and a violent collage of characters, all striving to get somewhere.
Bakshi’s career includes directing the animated films “Fritz The Cat,” “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin,” “Wizards,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “American Pop” and “Fire and Ice,” and the TV series “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.” “Fritz the Cat” was the first animated film to be accepted at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Last Days of Coney Island” is produced by Edward Bakshi. »
- Dave McNary
Bustin' out... the protein powder. "Dangerous" rapper Busta Rhymes was arrested and charged with assault on Wednesday, Aug. 5, after getting into a fight at a gym in NYC. Rhymes (nee Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.) — who's known for his hits like "Gimme Some More" has been accused of throwing a protein drink at an employee who worked at Steel Gym in Manhattan's Chelsea nabe. A New York Police Department spokesperson told Us Weekly that Rhymes and the employee were already arguing about something when their interaction turned [...] »
4 items from 2015
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