Advertised as "X-rated and Animated," Fritz the Cat earned an impressive $25 million in 1972. Screenwriter-director Ralph Bakshi based the film on three of Robert Crumb's stories about a superficial college student who tried to seduce anything in a skirt. The gritty, often gross film shocked U.S. audiences accustomed to innocent flirtations and slapstick comedy in cartoons. Thirty years later, Fritz looks less shocking than puerile. The violence grafted onto Crumb's innocent stories feels gratuitous, and the racial imagery tasteless. As dated as a Nehru jacket, the film will interest students of animation history and American pop culture. Crumb detested the film: he drew Fritz as a decadent Hollywood star, who was exploited by caricatures of Bakshi and producer Steve Krantz--and murdered by a bitter ex-girlfriend. "Another casualty of the '60s..."--Charles Solomon
that's hard to describe. The first time I saw this was on VHS when I was in high school, about 15 years ago. Read morePublished on April 21 2004
Well many consider this film to both suck and blow at the same time, yet you must look at it how it was meant 2 be watched - not as a serious portrait of nyc in the 60s but as a... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by "guarjia"
This movie was like watching a film of fingernails on a blackboard.
How anyone could enjoy, let alone find funny, this cliche ridden tripe is beyond me. Read more
R. Crumb, underground comix legend and creator of Fritz the Cat, hated this movie. One can understand why, with the one dimensional characters and lame excuse for a plot. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by jkane1977
I SAW THIS MOVIE IN THE THEATRE AND IT STILL HOLDS UP TODAY. A SLICE OF AMERICA MISSED BY MOST PEOPLE.Published on July 3 2003 by BLUZMAN
this movie is a kick to the senses. you wanna laugh till your sides burst. and the ending tops it all off. over all a great adult cartoon movie.Published on Nov. 14 2002
Now, I understand that movies were very obscure during the '70s (the transition from the psychedlic '60s to the extravagant '80s was a very logical progression), I mean you have... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2002 by Thames Goodwin