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Coonskin (1975)

Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

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Cast overview:
... Samson / Brother Bear (voice)
Charles Gordone ... Preacherman / Preacher Fox (voice)
... Pappy / Old Man Bone (voice) (as Scat Man Crothers)
... Randy / Brother Rabbit (voice) (as Philip Thomas)
Danny Rees ... Clown (voice)
Buddy Douglas ... Referee (voice)
Jim Moore ... Mime (voice)
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A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the top of the crime ranks in Harlem by going up against a con-man, a racist cop, and the Mafia. Written by Alan Smithee, Sr.

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BARRY WHITE and his men are bustin' out to win! They'll stop the man from calling them "Coonskin" See more »


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Ralph Bakshi.com

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20 August 1975 (USA)  »

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Bustin' Out  »

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1.37 : 1
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When Martin Scorsese was filming Taxi Driver (1976) near Times Square, he captured footage of people running out of a theater showing this film due to protesters setting off a smoke bomb. He sent this footage to Bakshi who said "I didn't know whether to laugh or cry". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in Blue: Fuck you.
Man in Yellow: Alright, I'm gonna give some example: I heard that 350 white folks committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. And out of the 350, there was two that was niggers.
Man in Blue: And one of them was pushed.
Man in Yellow: [laughs]
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Connections

Spoofs Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah'm A Nigger Man
Lyrics by Ralph Bakshi
Music by Scatman Crothers
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A satire and a very,very urban retelling of the old Uncle Remus stories

I had watched this film from Ralph Bakshi (Wizards, Hey Good Lookin', etc.), one night ago on www.afrovideo.org, and I didn't see anything racial. Well, I do admit the character designs are a bit crude and unaccpectable today, but I think it's a satire and a very, very urban retelling of the old Uncle Remus stories that the Black American culture, created right down to the main characters and the blatant nod to "The Tar Baby" and "The Briar Patch." These aren't bigoted stories, mind you, but cultural icons created by Black Americans, and me being a white woman read and love those stories. And I also found it an interesting time-capsule view on the black culture in Harlem, New York in the 70's.

Well to get to the nitty-gritty of this film: This film is a live-action/animated film, which begins in live-action with a fellow named Sampson and the Preacherman rush to help their friend, Randy escape from prison, but are stopped by a roadblock and wind up in a shootout with the police. While waiting for them, Randy unwillingly listens to fellow escapee Pappy, as he begins to tell Randy the animated story of Brother Rabbit, a young newcomer to the big city who quickly rises from obscurity to rule over all of Harlem. You know, to me Rabbit,Bear and Fox are animal versions of Randy,Sampson and the Preacherman. An abstract juxtaposition of stylized animation and live action footage, the film is a graphic and condemnatory satire of stereotypes prevalent in the 70s — racial, ethnic, and otherwise.

So anyway, it is another good Bakshi movie. And should we sweep films like this under the rug? pretend they never exist? I think that would be a shame. I think we should watch these films entacted, and learn about what goes on back then, just how far we come since then.


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