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The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)

Fritz the Cat may have lost one of his lives in the comics, but in his new movie, he has eight more lives left to go! While his wife screams at him, Fritz lights up a joint and reminiscences about what could have been.

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Robert Taylor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Skip Hinnant ... Fritz (voice)
Reva Rose Reva Rose ... Fritz' Old Lady (voice)
Bob Holt ... Many voices (voice)
Robert Ridgely ... (voice)
Fred Smoot ... (voice)
Dick Whittington Dick Whittington ... (voice) (as 'Sweet' Dick Whittington)
Luke Walker Luke Walker ... (voice)
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Juan / Various Characters (voice)
Louisa Moritz ... Chita (Juan's Sister) (voice)
Larry Moss ... (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... (voice)
Jay Lawrence Jay Lawrence ... (voice)
Stanley Adams ... (voice)
Pat Harrington Jr. ... (voice)
Carole Androsky Carole Androsky ... (voice) (as Carol Androsky)
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Storyline

Fritz, now married and with a son, is desperate to escape from the domestic hell he now finds himself in. Lighting up a joint, he begins to dream about his eight other lives, hoping to find one that will provide a pleasant distraction. The drug-induced journeys he takes include spells as an astronaut, Hitler's psychiatrist, a courier travelling in hostile territory during a race war, and as a pupil of an Indian guru living in the sewers of New York. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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...From Junk Pile to Jet Set See more »

Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1974 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

As Nove Vidas do Gato Fritz See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first animated feature in Cannes history to compete as part of the official competition. See more »

Quotes

Fritz: [smoking a joint] Ahh, the beauty of cannabis.
[to Chita]
Fritz: Doesn't it fill you with joy? The unfettered exuberance, the lust for life? It makes you... wanna drop your phony inhibitions and love your fellow man? Or brother, maybe. Doesn't it? Huh? Don't you kind of see things more clearly, huh?
[Fritz shoves the joint into Chita's mouth]
Fritz: That's right. Take a good, long drag, sis. Now breathe in the smoke. Deep. It'll help clear your sinuses. Hmm?
[both giggle]
Chita: Hey, I feel light-headed. Will it really...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Earlier prints of the film have the live-action stock footage during the "Jump Back" sequence in black and white, while the 2001 MGM DVD release has the stock footage in sepia tone. In both prints, the animation cel of Fritz remains in color. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Jumpback
Lyrics by Dave Palmer
Performed by Merry Clayton (uncredited)
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Animated Mindwarp- 101
17 August 2002 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat is a movie, or something like it, that I got to see on night late on a Showtime channel, and when I started watching, it had the material that made me want to change the channel, and maybe not. There are many weird and surreal scenes, most involving sex and marijuana, some with racism (Hitler cat), some with unique and bizarre characters, and it connected as that while Fritz the cat tries to cash a welfare check he goes over the different deaths in his life, getting blown up, getting blown up in space, getting shot in the batoot, etc. At times it's too patched together, and makes no sense in the scene where funky 70's music plays while images from the days of black and white flash by and then images pass by like an amateur Kubrick ala 2001, but it oddly works for a mature audience (kids will be freaked out if they should for some chance watch this) on the levels on comedy and of being a all out stoner/druggie flick (most of you out there who watch this will eithe rgo wow or uggh). Very satirical, very strange. B+


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