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Fritz the Cat may have lost one of his lives in the comics, but in his new movie, he has eight more lives left to go! While his wife screams at him, Fritz lights up a joint and reminiscences about what could have been.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Skip Hinnant ...
Fritz (voice)
Reva Rose ...
Fritz' Old Lady (voice)
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Many voices (voice)
Robert Ridgely ...
(voice)
Fred Smoot ...
(voice)
Dick Whittington ...
(voice) (as 'Sweet' Dick Whittington)
Luke Walker ...
(voice)
Peter Leeds ...
Juan / Various Characters (voice)
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Chita (Juan's Sister) (voice)
Larry Moss ...
(voice)
Joan Gerber ...
(voice)
Jim Johnson ...
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Jay Lawrence ...
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Storyline

Fritz, now married and with a son, is desperate to escape from the domestic hell he now finds himself in. Lighting up a joint, he begins to dream about his eight other lives, hoping to find one that will provide a pleasant distraction. The drug-induced journeys he takes include spells as an astronaut, Hitler's psychiatrist, a courier travelling in hostile territory during a race war, and as a pupil of an Indian guru living in the sewers of New York. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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I've come a long way, Baby!

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Animation | Comedy

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18 September 1974 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

As Nove Vidas do Gato Fritz  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Steve Krantz wanted Ralph Bakshi to do the sequel to Fritz the Cat (1972), and Bakshi didn't want to do it. He wanted to move on and do Heavy Traffic (1973). So, Krantz hired Robert Taylor to write and direct the sequel. See more »

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Narrator: The 1970's - Jump Back, baby!
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Lyrics by Dave Palmer
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Like Fritz, it doesn't reach its potential

I have not watched the original, as I have not been able to locate a copy of it. As for the comics, I found one issue at the library, four stories. I'm afraid I cannot draw many comparisons, but I am intrigued by Crumb's creation. While not everything controversial is necessarily funny or interesting, it can often point a spotlight(that we usually leave entirely switched off) at something that we actually *should* explore, and finding out where the line goes can serve to get us to reevaluate the boundaries, or at least ask the important question of "why to there, and no further?". Yes, this thing is offensive. It's primarily about drugs and sex, with plenty of nudity(some full-frontal, for both genders) throughout, there are numerous bits of bloody and brutal violence, it's disturbing, it's arguably racist, it's definitely disgusting, and it's got a moderate amount of strong language. At its best, it's biting satire, dramatic and even hilarious. I don't know if it's because I'm not American, because I wasn't born when this was made, or if the reason is to be discovered elsewhere; however, sadly, I can't claim that it attained aforementioned glory all that often. Don't get me wrong; this is never boring, the 70 minutes fly by at a marvelous pace(it gets to be frenetic at times). The animation employs style here and there, and can get creative and surreal. It's not all good, and there are those that will find it too basic on the whole, and I'm not going to claim that they're wrong; I don't go for a lot of drawn(by hand or computer) films. There are designs from the graphic novel. Live-action footage is used, mostly as background. Editing can be pretty cool, when it tries to be. There isn't really a plot to this, though several of the characters do get at least somewhat developed. There are a lot of stereotypes in this. The voice acting is great. Our title cat does deliver a little in the way of pseudo-philosophical/intellectual ramblings, an aspect I can recognize from what I read. There is slang in this(I was glad to get Danish subtitles). I recommend this to anyone who knows and/or remembers the problems of the period, as well as those who just want to experience it. Not for everyone. 6/10


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