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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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Ralph Bakshi

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Cast

Cast overview:
Barry White ... Samson / Brother Bear (voice)
Charles Gordone Charles Gordone ... Preacherman / Preacher Fox (voice)
Scatman Crothers ... Pappy / Old Man Bone (voice) (as Scat Man Crothers)
Philip Michael Thomas ... Randy / Brother Rabbit (voice) (as Philip Thomas)
Danny Rees Danny Rees ... Clown (voice)
Buddy Douglas Buddy Douglas ... Referee (voice)
Jim Moore Jim Moore ... Mime (voice)
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Storyline

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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WARNING: "This film offends everybody!" See more »


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Official Sites:

Ralph Bakshi.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bustin' Out See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The working title was "Harlem Nights." Harlem Nights (1989) was later used as the title of a film starring Richard Pryor, who was a fan of Ralph Bakshi's film. Both films feature the crime racket in Harlem as a plot point. See more »

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[first lines]
Man in Blue: Fuck you.
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Man in Blue: And one of them was pushed.
Man in Yellow: [laughs]
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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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