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The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)

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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Fritz (voice)
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Fritz' Old Lady (voice)
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Dick Whittington ...
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Juan / Various Characters (voice)
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Carole Androsky ...
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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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That cat is back! And it's a whole NEW trip with some fabulous new friends! Among the least of which are HENRY K., ADOLPH HITLER, General GEORGE S. PATTON and the future dictator of the United States (name withheld by popular request) See more »

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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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Because of his involvement with Fritz the Cat (1972), several film books erroneously list Ralph Bakshi as the director of "The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat", and many have come to believe that he actually directed the film. Bakshi expressed a dislike of "The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat", stating that had Warner Bros. been allowed to make the changes they demanded in order to distribute Fritz the Cat (1972), the film would have turned out similar to "The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat". "It would have been this cat that, once in a while, said something hip, and then falls in love with some girl and chases her all over town." See more »

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Fritz' Old Lady: [after Fritz wakes up from his dream] I oughta get knocked up! I could've had an abortion, no. Mr. "Goodtime Charlie" over there! No, he says "have the baby, we'll get married, I'll take care of ya! What do you take care of? It's a good thing we got Ralphie, otherwise we don't even get welfare! You tell me one thing you ever did for my Ralphie? Ever play with him? Ya ever take him to the ball game? Ya ever take him fishing? How about fishing? Why don't ya take your own son FISHING? You don't ...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

In My Next Life
Lyrics by Dave Palmer
Music by Max Bennett (uncredited)
Performed by Merry Clayton (uncredited)
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Probably more effective in 1974
16 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I think that I went into this film expecting something completely different from what the film actually represented because I was expecting something completely raunchy and funny. While I appreciated the animation, I was left pretty flat by most of the social commentary/satire. There were images and messages that I of course understood (Hitler, Kissinger, etc.) but the majority of the subject matter was fairly relevant to the present time.

Unfortunately, especially during the bizarre psychedelic freak out moments I found myself looking at the clock which is actually kind of sad considering the film was only just over an hour to begin with. Having said that however, I am glad that I finally saw this film so that I know what it was actually about, and I give the filmmakers a lot more credit for having created something that transcended novelty smut.

--Shelly


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