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Sausage Party – Review

So… we’ve seen what our playthings do while we’re away in the Toy Story trilogy. And just a few weeks ago we saw what our animal companions do when we’re off to work and school in The Secret Life Of Pets. Well, what’s left? Ya’ ever wonder what happens at the grocery store once the lights are out and the doors are locked? No, seems that Seth Rogen and his pals have been curious about everything on the shelves and in the bins. And, no big surprise, their imaginations have come up with something more than a touch adult. With their help, animation will burst through the confines of “all ages” entertainment, which has happened several times in the last five decades. Feature adult animation’s first big hit was the 1972 Ralph Bakshi adaptation of R Crumb’s underground comic Fritz The Cat. A sequel quickly
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Review: Ralph Bakshi’s Last Days Of Coney Island

Long overdue swansong (?) from the master of gritty hand-drawn urban animation. Ralph Bakshi defined the animated back alley scuzz look of 1970s NYC, spoiling with grit, dirt and counter-culture grime, in his iconic classics Fritz The Cat, Heavy Traffic, Coonskin, and American Pop before shifting tone to fantasy fiction with Wizards and Lord Of…

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Tim's Toons review: Last Days of Coney Island

Tim here. One of the most important events in animation in all of 2015 happened this week; it is important to stress that this doesn't mean it's also one of the best things. But the first new piece of animation from living legend Ralph Bakshi in almost 20 years is certainly worth spending a moment with, though now that I've seen the 22-minute Last Days of Coney Island – currently available for rental on Vimeo, where it just had its world premiere – I can't really claim that I want to stretch that moment out too long.

The film finds Bakshi, whose 77th birthday was October 29, returning to the territory of his most characteristic works from the early 1970s, including Heavy Traffic, the infamous race relations fable Coonskin, and his groundbreaking debut, Fritz the Cat. That is, it's a story about the New York City of Bakshi's battle-hardened memories of youth, involving deeply
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Ralph Bakshi’s Animated Film ‘Last Days of Coney Island’ to Be Released on Vimeo

Ralph Bakshi’s Animated Film ‘Last Days of Coney Island’ to Be Released on Vimeo
Director Ralph Bakshi is launching his new animated film, “Last Days of Coney Island,” on Oct. 29 — his 77th birthday — with an exclusive release on Vimeo on Demand, Variety has learned exclusively.

The national release of “Last Days of Coney Island” follows a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $174,000 from 1,290 backers.

Bakshi created, directed and mostly animated the 22-minute movie, described as a mafia horror pic set in the 1960s in Coney Island with political overtones both realistic and outrageous, and a violent collage of characters, all striving to get somewhere.

Bakshi’s career includes directing the animated films “Fritz The Cat,” “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin,” “Wizards,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “American Pop” and “Fire and Ice,” and the TV series “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.” “Fritz the Cat” was the first animated film to be accepted at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Last Days of Coney Island” is produced by Edward Bakshi.
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Revisiting the Controversy That Was 'Coonskin'

Animator Ralph Bakshi's current efforts at a return to film animation with a new project titled "The Last Days of Coney Island," reminds me of a piece I wrote for S&A almost 5 years ago about his most controversial film. But, first, to go back a bit, during the 1970’s, there was no bigger name in animation than Bakshi, with his cutting edge sex, drugs and violence-fueled, very adult animated "R" and "X"-rated features, such as, "Fritz The Cat," "Heavy Traffic" and "Wizards.". Needless to say, they were quite a long way from Disney. And then there was his mostly forgotten 1978 animated film version of...
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‘The Flying Acquaintances’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

(1973, dir: Robert Steiner)

“How do the flying acquaintances find fun? We’ll show you how!”

After being treated to the wonderful sights of 42nd Street, we meet Max (Jamie Gillis, Waterpower), a suave bank teller and his nubile friend Sylvie (Susan Curtis, Airplane) have a little of simulated fun, until some pesky aviation related stock footage interrupts. We find out that Max also moonlights as a taxi driver. After picking up a stewardess (Darby Lloyd Rains, The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann) and working out a sweaty form of repayment once arrived at her apartment, turns out there’s a small group of stewardesses who offer fun under the sheets (or on the couch in this case) to avoid paying for their fare (it’s a win for everyone involved if you ask me!). Aside from this small corruption ring, we have the wonderfully chested Barbara (Nicole Vadim, Room 11
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Robert Taylor, Director of ‘Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,’ Dies at 70

Robert Taylor, Director of  ‘Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,’ Dies at 70
Robert “Bob” Taylor, an award-winning animator, producer and director best known for animated TV series including “TaleSpin” and animated films such as “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” died December 11 in Woodland Hills, Calif., of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 70.

Born in Boston, Taylor began his career in animation in 1966 at Terrytoons in New York with Ralph Bakshi. He worked on Bakshi’s X-rated animated feature “Fritz the Cat,” and in 1974 directed sequel “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” which played in competition at Cannes. He also worked with Bakshi as an animator on “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin” and “Wizards.”

Taylor went on to direct the animated film “Heidi’s Song” in 1982 and animated TV series including Emmy award-winning “TaleSpin,” “Goof Troop,” “The Flintstone Kids,” and “Challenge of the GoBots.” Though he was uncredited, it was well known that Taylor was the co-director of Hanna-Barbera’s “Rock Odyssey,
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Robert Taylor, Director of ‘Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,’ Dies at 70

Robert Taylor, Director of  ‘Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,’ Dies at 70
Robert “Bob” Taylor, an award-winning animator, producer and director best known for animated TV series including “TaleSpin” and animated films such as “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” died December 11 in Woodland Hills, Calif., of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 70.

Born in Boston, Taylor began his career in animation in 1966 at Terrytoons in New York with Ralph Bakshi. He worked on Bakshi’s X-rated animated feature “Fritz the Cat,” and in 1974 directed sequel “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” which played in competition at Cannes. He also worked with Bakshi as an animator on “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin” and “Wizards.”

Taylor went on to direct the animated film “Heidi’s Song” in 1982 and animated TV series including Emmy award-winning “TaleSpin,” “Goof Troop,” “The Flintstone Kids,” and “Challenge of the GoBots.” Though he was uncredited, it was well known that Taylor was the co-director of Hanna-Barbera’s “Rock Odyssey,
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BAMcinematek Presents Retrospective, Apperances for Cult Animator Ralph Bakshi

One of the first animators to aim cartoons squarely at adults, Ralph Bakshi hasn't made a film since 1992, but his new Kickstarter-funded project "Last Days of Coney Island" has him working again, and BAMcinematek is presenting a tribute to the Brooklyn-born innovator. "Cool Worlds: The Animation of Ralph Bakshi" will feature seven out of Bakshi's nine animated features, leaving out his adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" and his Frank Frazetta collaboration "Fire and Ice." The series will instead focus on Bakshi's more idiosyncratically edgy, highly political, sexual, and often controversial films. The series will begin with Bakshi's second feature, the autobiographical "Heavy Traffic," which follows inner-city cartoonist Michael Corleone (yes, you read that right), who escapes his troubled family life by getting involved in an equally violent New York street life. The film was Bakshi's biggest critical success and was a huge influence on the work of Jonathan Lethem.
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The Stack: House Of Psychotic Women, The Fog, Danny Boyle's Trance, Street Trash, And Much More

Films mentioned this week in our video review roundup include Sony's Magic Magic, West of Memphis and Shout Factory's Ralph Bakshi's Heavy Traffic, Swamp Thing, The Incredible Melting Man, Kentucky Fried Movie, and The Producers. 20th Century Fox catalogue titles Blood and Sand, Bus Stop, Niagara and Love Me Tender, as well as a new release of Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt. HBO's Blu-ray releases of Banshee Season One and Strike Back Season Two and the Synapse Films release of Hammer's hard to get Hands of the Ripper on Blu and Paramount's Star Trek Next Generation Season Four Blu-ray. Lastly, Universal releases Oblivion on Blu and IFC let's fly Brandon Cronenberg's debut Antiviral and the excellent documentary My Amityville Horror. Aaaaaand a big thanks to Red Bubble for their...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Evil Dead' and More

This week: The Deadites get an upgrade in "Evil Dead," a remake/reboot of Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead" about an ancient book that unleashes terrible demonic forces on a group of young people staying at a remote cabin in the woods.

Also new this week is the Jackie Robertson sports biopic "42" with Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman, "Bullet to the Head" with Sylvester Stallone and a Criterion Collection Blu-ray for the 1963 version of "Lord of the Flies."

'Evil Dead'

Box Office: $54 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 63% Fresh

Storyline: In this new variation on Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic "The Evil Dead" directed by Fede Alvarez, Mia (Jane Levy) heads to a remote cabin in the woods with her brother (Shiloh Fernandez) and three friends (Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore) who are trying to support her in her fight for sobriety. When one of them discovers the
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Blu-ray Release: Heavy Traffic

Blu-ray Release Date: July 16, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $19.97

Studio: Shout! Factory

The inner city comes to colorful life in Ralph Bakshi's Heavy Traffic.

From Ralph Bakshi, the anarchistic animator/director of Fritz The Cat, Wizards and the 1978 version of The Lord Of The Rings comes the 1973 animated comedy-drama Heavy Traffic, which makes it’s Blu-ray debut with this release.

An “underground” cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

Heavy Traffic tells the undeniably surreal tale of Michael Corleone, a young underground cartoonist scraping by on the inner-city streets of New York where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

One of the more critically acclaimed films of Bakshi’s career, Heavy Traffic uses pinball as a metaphor for the highs and lows of urban life as it weaves through tales of love, prejudice, sex, and murderous betrayal.

Originally
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Still Bakshi after all these years: Iconoclastic 'Fritz the Cat' director has another tale to tell -- Exclusive Photo

Still Bakshi after all these years: Iconoclastic 'Fritz the Cat' director has another tale to tell -- Exclusive Photo
“Hey people, Ralphie needs money to draw. Let’s give him some so he can make a fool of himself again.” — Ralph Bakshi’s Miss America, in the Kickstarter campaign video for his new animated project

Making films has never been easy for Ralph Bakshi. The maverick cartoonist and filmmaker, who became famous — and infamous — after 1972′s smash X-rated ‘toon, Fritz the Cat, never liked to color within the lines, so to speak. He was the anti-Disney back then, filling his stories with provocative themes, raunchy humor, and curvacious broads that would make Russ Meyer blush. His bold 1975 blaxploitation satire
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Underground Film Links: November 11, 2012

This week’s Must Browse is the new Tumblr blog by the Anthology Film Archives, which you must bookmark, add to your feed reader, etc.! The site has, of course, notes about upcoming screenings, plus lots of great film stills posters, notes, anecdotes and more. (Wish they had a sidebar calendar of their screenings on the blog, tho’. Something to think about…)Donna k. jumps into the “death of cinema” fray and finds life! Albeit in a film about death: V/H/S.In all articles about comics made into films, all journalists must include this one dug up by the Temple of Schlock: Sex in the Comics!One+One Filmmakers Journal’s latest film primer is on Ralph Bakshi’s Heavy Traffic. Also, a couple of big updates re: the Journal.366 Weird Movies has a capsule o’ weirdness devoted to Hollis Frampton’s Zorns Lemma.As he promised, Jon Jost
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Interview: George Reis talks Drive-In Super Monster-Rama 2012

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Drive-In Super Monster-Rama is one of my favorite horror events of the year. Since first attending in 2008, I’ve looked forward to the interesting mix of classic and obscure horror films on the big screen, and this year’s Super Monster-Rama starts on Friday night.

The event is the brainchild of DVD Drive-In’s George Reis, who talked about his reasons for starting the drive-in marathon. He also told me what we can expect from this weekend’s line-up of trailers and classic films.

First off, I wanted to congratulate you on winning the “DVD Reviewer of the Year” Rondo Award. For our readers who are unfamiliar with DVD Drive-In, can you tell our readers how it all started?

George Reis: I started DVD Drive-In in 2000 because I wanted to write about cult horror movies that were being released on DVD. At that time, it seemed like a lot
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Review: Wizards

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While guys like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas spent the 1970s reinventing live action moviemaking, animation had just one lone figure toiling away. Ralph Bakshi, trained on Terrytoons and involved in 1960s television animation, began exploring the possibilities of animated features in the shadow of Walt Disney’s death. His Fritz the Cat made people sit up and take notice, followed by Heavy Traffic, and Coonskin – urban, funky, raw tales set in a familiar world.

After that, he set his sights on something fantastic and gave us, in 1976, Wizards. I’ve been waiting for this film to be restored, cleaned up, and released on Blu-ray given its visual artistry and fun story. Finally, 20th Century Home Entertainment has released it for the film’s 35th Anniversary and they’ve given it a handsome treatment. Encased in a hardcover case with a 24-page booklet, the Blu-ray is striking to watch.
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Apes Rise Against La's Carmageddon!

Carmageddon getting you down? The planned closure of parts of the 405 is scaring everyone, including me, and I'm supposed to brave the Carmaggedon for "First Avenger -- Captain America!" Heavy traffic or not, I must watch "Captain America" and interview Captain America himself, Chris Evans!

The apes below do not care about Evans nor "Captain America," this is a viral video from Fox surrounding the studio's upcoming release, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." I may have to join them this weekend :happy

Here's more info on "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" from Yahoo:

A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Also Known As:

Caesar (Fox)

Untitled Planet of the Apes Prequel

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama and Science Fiction/Fantasy

Release Date: August 5th,
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Junk Food Dinner Podcast: Episode #43

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Fans of crazy adult animation rejoice, because Junk Food Dinner Episode #43 is finally here! This week we explore the seedy, gritty, surreal animated world of artist/director Ralph Bakshi.

First, we take a look at his 1973 semi-autobiographical tale of a young virgin cartoonist who draws inspiration from his inner-city surroundings and the wacky characters who inhabit it in 1973's groundbreaking Heavy Traffic. Then Bakshi focuses his lens on race relations and the black experience in America when we take a look at the controversial satire Coonskin from 1975. And finally two young men come of age against a backdrop of gang violence in 1950's Brooklyn in Hey Good Lookin' from 1982.

Also, we have Nerds News, this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases and much more!

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DVD Review: Ralph Bakshi's "Fire And Ice" On Blu-ray

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By Todd Garbarini

My introduction to Ralph Bakshi’s animation came in November 1978 when I turned ten. My father had been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series and, after having seen Rankin and Bass’ The Hobbit cartoon the year before, I was eager to see the new large-screen treatment of Tolkien’s beloved adventure. Up until this point, all of the cartoons that I had seen theatrically were made by Walt Disney, with the exception of Charlotte’s Web (1973), Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure and The Mouse and His Child, both from 1977. So, along with Watership Down, it was unusual to see a cartoon aimed at adults and rated PG.

To my young eyes, The Lord of the Rings did not disappoint. I loved the music (I still have the 8-track!) and the visual style (including the rotoscoped scenes wherein the animators drew over live-action,
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Top Ten Tuesday: Life Changing Films

In the wake of The Social Network, and how it changed communication, and life as we know it, we decided to make this weeks list…

Top Ten Life Changing Films

Now, how do we do this? Everyone has a different idea of a life changing film. It’s a personal choice. Maybe it was the first film that you saw on the big screen, the movie you saw on your first date, a film that shattered you to the core… Either way, it changed the way you think. That is why this week, rather than taking a pole of our writers and calculating them together, we are listing their choices by Movie Geek. Enjoy guys!

Jim Batts:

10. Heavy Traffic

09. Fantasia

08. The Adventures Of Robin Hood

07. M

06. The Horror Of Dracula

05. Crumb

04. The Iron Giant

03. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

02. Safety Last

01. Star Wars Episode Four : A New Hope

The
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