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


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Fritz the Cat (voice)
Bertha / Additional Female Crows (voice)
John McCurry ...
Blue / John / Additional Voices (voice)
Judy Engles ...
Winston Schwartz / Lizard Leader (voice)
Phil Seuling ...
Pig Cop #2 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Narrator / Pig Cop #1 (uncredited) (voice)
Mary Dean ...
Girl #1 / Girl #2 / Girl #3 / Harriet (uncredited) (voice)
Charles Spidar ...
Bar Patron / Duke the Crow (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Ralph Bakshi

Written by

Ralph Bakshi ... (screenplay)
Robert Crumb ... (characters)

Produced by

Steve Krantz ... producer

Music by

Ed Bogas
Ray Shanklin

Cinematography by

Ted C. Bemiller ... (as Ted Bemiller)
Gene Borghi

Film Editing by

Renn Reynolds

Production Management

Bob Revell ... production manager

Art Department

John Alvin ... poster artist

Sound Department

Gene Coleman ... additional dialogue recordist (uncredited)
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Susan Jonas ... special effects (as Susan Cary)
Helen Jordan ... special effects
Irene Sandberg ... special effects

Animation Department

Edwin Aardal ... animator (as Edward Aardal)
Fred Abranz ... assistant animator (as Alfred Abranz)
Cosmo Anzilotti ... animator / layout artist
Clifford Augustson ... animator
Ted Bonnicksen ... animator (as Theodore Bonnicksen) / second layout (as Theodore Bonnicksen)
Robert Brown ... animation checker
Ethlynn Dalton ... animation checker
James Davis ... animator / layout artist (as Jim Davis)
Dotti Foell ... animation checker (as Dorothy Foell)
Jack Foster ... assistant animator
John Gentilella ... animator
Milton Gray ... animator / assistant animator
Karen Haus ... assistant animator
Jack Kerns ... assistant animator
Bob Kirk ... assistant animator (as Robert Kirk)
Helen Komar ... assistant animator
Michael Lloyd ... second background
Jim Logan ... assistant animator (as James Logan)
Dick Lundy ... animator (as Richard Lundy) / second layout (as Richard Lundy)
Bob Maxfield ... animator (as Robert Maxfield)
Norm McCabe ... animator (as Norman McCabe)
M. Frann McCracken ... animation checker
Lew Ott ... second layout (as Lewis Ott Jr.)
Manuel Perez ... animator
Larry Riley ... animator (as Lawrence Riley)
Virgil Ross ... animator
Rod Scribner ... animator (as Roderick Scribner)
John Sparey ... animator / layout artist
Nick Tafuri ... animator (as Nicholas Tafuri)
Martin Taras ... animator
Ira Turek ... background designer
James Tyer ... animator
John Vita ... background artist
Art Vitello ... assistant animator (as Arthur Vitello)
John Walker ... animator / second layout
Ray Young ... assistant animator
Ellie Zika ... color modeler
Phil Duncan ... animator (uncredited)
George Griffin ... assistant animator (uncredited)

Music Department

Ed Bogas ... musical director

Other crew

Marion Nobel ... production assistant
Dan Perri ... title design (as Perri & Smith)
Nate Smith ... traffic manager

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The CAT that got the CREAM! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Fritz le chat (France)
  • El Gato Fritz (Spain)
  • El gato caliente (Spain)
  • Fritz El Gato (Spain)
  • Fritz, o ponirogatos (Greece)
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  • 78 min
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Box Office

Budget $850,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $90,000,000

Did You Know?

Trivia "Fritz the Cat" creator R. Crumb sued to have his name removed from the credits. See more »
Goofs When Fritz is attempting to fix Winston's Volkswagen Beetle after it's broken down in the desert, he opens the hood. Since it's a Beetle and the engine is located in the back of the car, he goes around to the back but leaves the hood up. Throughout the rest of the scene, the hood alternates from either being up or down. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Bo Diddley See more »
Quotes [Arriving back at his dorm room, where his roomates ignore him]
Fritz: Hello men... everybody all busy studyin' for their goddamn exams and all? Hey Fuz, how'd it go with that Dee Dee chick, huh? She's got some bod' you have to admit... ol' Charlene isn't bad either... like, wow! Heinz, you swine, ol' buddy pig, ya groove behind Alvina and get some kicks tonight, huh?
[Scene fades into black]
Fritz: Bastards... you'd think the goddamn exams was the be-all end-all of existence... the cosmic life-force or somethin'. Can't even say a few decent words to a guy... th' bastards... What a bore... take some bennies an' stay up all night with your face stuck in a bunch of books an' your thumbs up your ass... Yes... yes... I remember the time when it was all very inspiring and enlightening... all this history and literature and sociology shit... You think learning is a really big thing an' you become this big fuckin' intellectual and sit around tryin' ta out-intellectual all the other big fuckin' intellectuals... you spend years and years with your nose buried in these goddamn tomes while out there the world is passin' you by... and all the stuff to see and all th' kicks an' girls are all out there... an' ME, a writer ad a poet who should be havin' adventures an' experiencing all the diversities and paradoxes and ironies of life and passin' over all the roads of the world and digging all the cities and towns and rives and oceans... and making all them chicks!
[Imagines naked woman]
Fritz: As a writer and poet it is my duty to get out there and dig the world... to swing with the whole friggin' scene while there's still time!
[Grabs papers]
Fritz: My farting around days are over! From this day on I shall live every day as if yit were my last! Yes! Yes! I must do it! No more the dreary boring classes, the dismal lectures, the sitting around bullshitting with pretentious fat-assed hippies, no more the books, the spoutings of a bunch of old farts who think they know the whole goddamn score!
[Breathes fire]
Fritz: Oh God! What have I done? I've set all my notes and books and stuff on fire and now I can't study for my exams... I'll flunk out and my folks'll be pissed off as hell... I'll get a blanket... the blanket's on fire. We'd better call the fire department.
[We see the roof of Fritz's dorm on fire]
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