Fritz the Cat
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In the hands of writer and director Ralph Bakshi, a popular underground comics character was the inspiration for the first X-rated animated feature in Hollywood history, over the strenuous objections of its creator, cartoonist Robert Crumb. Fritz is a feline college student of New York City in the '60s, using hippie buzzwords and fashion to score easy sex and drugs. After smoking some strong marijuana in Harlem, Fritz hallucinates and ignites a shooting incident with the police, resulting in the death of his friend Duke. Fritz flees across country in a Volkswagen Bug with a girlfriend and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Excellent animation and montage shore up a plot which has a few howls, several chuckles and many smiles."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"X-rated museum piece"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Bawdy animated fun--a classic."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Those who consider themselves un-cool can still take pleasure in viewing this strange adult-oriented feature length cartoon, the likes of which flourished briefly in the 1970s but never became established as mainstream entertainment."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"The results, inevitably, were disappointing -- Bakshi just didn't have the money to make it right."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Aficionados of Crumb's work weren't enthralled by the movie when it came out, and time hasn't been kind to it."
‑ , Film4
"Cats with cleavage? I think not."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Despite the somewhat meandering nature of its plot, the film's underlying messages about social hypocrisy on all levels still has a strong bite to it, and it remains one of the more creative and daring forays in feature-length animation."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Despite some ingenious effects, a generally trivial exercise that never matches the punch of the original."
‑ , Time Out
"Best observed as a cultural artifact."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Full of animated, nude, cartoon animals and some of the most vitriolic racism (disguised as empowerment) ever put on film, Fritz the Cat is so bad that Crumb, after seeing the film, killed the character in one of his comics."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Despite the curiosity it inspires, the world's first X-rated cartoon falls flat in its first ten minutes."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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