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Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | | Animation, Comedy, Drama | 14 April 1972 (USA)
A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.


Ralph Bakshi


Ralph Bakshi (screenplay), Robert Crumb (characters)




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)


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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This film was banned in New Zealand and Spain but it was re-rated "R18" in New Zealand on 1981 and "18" in Spain on 1978. See more »


When Duke and Fritz leave the bar, the knife on the floor disappears. See more »


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

Earlier prints of the film have the photographs during the end credits in black and white, while the 2001 MGM DVD release has the photographs in sepia tone. See more »


Bo Diddley
Written by Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel)
Performed by Bo Diddley & Billy Boy Arnold
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It's my favorite cartoon-movie. Here I'll tell you why :
21 August 2001 | by LAMBRECHT-1See all my reviews

I'm not particularly a cartoon-fan. I saw " Fritz the cat" in an obscure movie theatre in Ghent (Belgium)in the early seventies. There were about 5 people in the theatre and 2 left after half an hour.

I enjoyed the story: it's about a young guy who discovers the "real" world with all his odd aspects, as the situation was in the late sixties.

The music in this film is super: I discovered the great Charles Earland (Black talk), Duke's Theme from Ray Shanklin, Mamblues (Cal Tjader), Bertha's theme (Ray Shanklin) and even Billy Holiday 's wonderful "yesterdays".

Those who believe there are racist tendencies in the movie don't dig anything about "Jewish" humour.

After having watched this movie, I left the cinema with the conviction:" Hey, in fact I am Fritz the cat ", and believe me, at that time, I was!

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English | Yiddish

Release Date:

14 April 1972 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$850,000 (estimated)
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Color | Black and White (end credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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