Fritz the Cat

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"We're not rated X for nothin', baby!"
  • X
  • 1972
  • 1 hr 18 min
  • 6.2  (14,173)
  • 54

Fritz the Cat is a 1972 animated comedy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It is based on the underground comic character created by Robert Crumb. The movie was the first animated film to receive an X rating for its sexual and drug-related content. The movie is set in New York City during the 1960s and follows the adventures of a young anthropomorphic cat named Fritz (voiced by Skip Hinnant). Fritz is a rebellious, college-educated cat who is dissatisfied with his life and his place in society. He spends his time partying, taking drugs, and exploring the counterculture of the time.

Throughout the film, we see Fritz interact with other animal characters, including a group of radical mice, a group of anarchist crows, and a motorcycle gang of dogs. He also has various sexual encounters with both male and female characters.

Despite its comedic nature, the movie also touches on serious subjects, such as racism, police brutality, and the Vietnam War. Fritz finds himself in dangerous situations and runs into trouble with the law multiple times.

The animation itself is crude and rough, with very little attention to detail. The movie is presented in a trippy, psychedelic style with colorful backgrounds and surreal imagery. The animation is accompanied by a jazz and rock soundtrack, which fits the tone of the movie perfectly.

One of the most controversial scenes in the film involves a group of African American characters who are depicted in a stereotypical and offensive manner. The portrayal of these characters has been criticized as racist, and the scene has been edited out of some versions of the film.

Overall, Fritz the Cat is a unique and unconventional film that reflects the counterculture of the 1960s. The film is not for everyone, as its explicit content and psychedelic visuals may be off-putting to some. However, for those who appreciate the film's style and message, it is a classic of the animated genre.

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    6.2  (14,173)
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