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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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... Fritz (voice)
... Fritz' Old Lady (voice)
... Many voices (voice)
... (voice)
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Dick Whittington ... (voice) (as 'Sweet' Dick Whittington)
Luke Walker ... (voice)
Peter Leeds ... Juan / Various Characters (voice)
... Chita (Juan's Sister) (voice)
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Joan Gerber ... (voice)
Jay Lawrence ... (voice)
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... (voice)
Carole Androsky ... (voice) (as Carol Androsky)
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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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That cat is back! And it's a whole NEW trip with some fabulous new friends! Among the least of which are HENRY K., ADOLPH HITLER, General GEORGE S. PATTON and the future dictator of the United States (name withheld by popular request) See more »

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18 September 1974 (Netherlands)  »

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As Nove Vidas do Gato Fritz  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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References The Great Dictator (1940) See more »

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In My Next Life
Lyrics by Dave Palmer
Music by Max Bennett (uncredited)
Performed by Merry Clayton (uncredited)
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Totally cr*ppy!
11 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The saying "sequels ain't equals" is definitely demonstrated in this completely lackluster follow-up to the earlier brilliantly witty "Fritz the Cat".

While both films portray an anthropomorphic view of 70s counterculture using animals, and both use the shock value of drugs, sex and cursing to stir up a reaction; this movie by a totally different production team completely lacks any of the charm, personality, or essential feeling that made the earlier film so appealing.

While I am not a member of this counterculture and don't relate to it personally very well, I did try to keep an open mind while watching both movies, and neither one really shocked me that much - maybe because they're getting older and I've witnessed more shock value in recent movies. With the original FRITZ THE CAT I got the impression that the "naughty" stuff was true to life, and helped make the characters real and interesting. With NINE LIVES the whole thing just felt like some very bad schoolboy joke that merely shows off the "smutty" bits for their own sake, and doesn't go anywhere with them. It all seems just a bit overdone. The take on Nazi Germany had a teeny bit of satirical value, but it hardly seemed to be worth the trouble, and the idea has been done a lot more effectively elsewhere.

Summing up: don't waste your time with this one, unless you're a fanatical completest. But go and enjoy the original FRITZ THE CAT, if you feel you can handle it.


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