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Fritz the Cat (1972)

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director:

Ralph Bakshi

Writers:

Ralph Bakshi (screenplay), Robert Crumb (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Skip Hinnant ... Fritz the Cat (voice)
Rosetta LeNoire ... Bertha / Additional Female Crows (voice)
John McCurry John McCurry ... Blue / John / Additional Voices (voice)
Judy Engles Judy Engles ... Winston Schwartz / Lizard Leader (voice)
Phil Seuling Phil Seuling ... Pig Cop #2 (voice)
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Storyline

A persiflage on the protest movements of the 60s. Its hero is the bold and sex-obsessed tom-cat Fritz the Cat, as created by the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb. Quitting university Fritz the Cat wanders through the hash, Black Panther and Hell's Angels scenes to find to himself. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Chock full of violence, excitement and SEX... See more »


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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

16 October 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El Gato Fritz See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (end credits)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Animator Ira Turek drew the backgrounds with a Rapidograph pen, which is the technical pen preferred by Robert Crumb, in an attempt to capture Crumb's style in the background drawings. See more »

Goofs

When the two pig cops are reintroduced, Ralph is shown to be wearing brown shoes. This is jarring in and of itself, since Pig Cop #1 is not wearing any shoes. The shoes disappear in the next scene when Ralph gets hit by the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Hey, yeah - the 1960s? Happy times, heavy times.
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Connections

Spoofed in Diff'rent Strokes: The Bicycle Man: Part 2 (1983) See more »

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Yesterdays
(1952)
Written by Jerome Kern & Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Billie Holiday, vocal
Joe Newman, trumpet
Paul Quinichette, tenor sax
Oscar Peterson, piano/organ
Freddie Green, guitar
Ray Brown, bass
Gus Johnson, drums
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I love this film for what it is. Puerile, satirical and Ground breaking!
10 March 2003 | by Burroughs_JunkieSee all my reviews

This is a film not for everyone. Pure and simple it is offensive, and at times intentionally gross. Besides this fact, it holds the honor of the first X rated cartoon, huge box office sales and inspired by the comic book genius Robert Crumb. Unfortunately this film was made without his permission and it probably would have been better had he put in his own brand of humor in it. This is not to dishonor the writers and animators who spent two years making this. This holds a place in our culture for many reasons, especially since it represented the college kids who just had to get out and rebel. That with the drug abuse, and graphic sex scenes makes the viewing of it one that should probably be engaged in alone. Overall, a hoot and a holler 10 out of 10!


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