Fritz the Cat (film)

Fritz The Cat (Film)

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Fritz the Cat is a 1972 American animated comedy film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi as his feature film debut. Based on the comic strip of the same name by Robert Crumb, the film was the first animated feature film to receive an X rating in the United States. It focuses on Fritz (voiced by Skip Hinnant), an anthropomorphic feline in mid-1960s New York City who explores the ideals of hedonism and sociopolitical consciousness. The film is a satire focusing on American college life of the era, race relations, the free love movement, and left- and right-wing politics. Fritz the Cat is the most successful independent animated feature of all time, grossing over $100 million worldwide.

After Bakshi graduated from High School of Art and Design, he worked on cartoon shorts for Terrytoon Studios for ten years and eventually started up his own animation studio. However, Bakshi was uninterested in the kind of animation he was producing, and wanted to produce something personal. He soon developed Heavy Traffic, a tale of inner-city street life. However, producer Steve Krantz told Bakshi that studio executives would be unwilling to fund the film because of its content and Bakshi's lack of film experience. Later, Bakshi came across a copy of Fritz the Cat while browsing a bookstore. Impressed by Crumb's satire, Bakshi suggested to Krantz that it...
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