Fritz the Cat
Fritz the Cat (1972)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Animation
Release Date: January 25, 1972
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Excellent animation and montage shore up a plot which has a few howls, several chuckles and many smiles.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A singular, cohesive, and powerful vision, but it's also an alarmingly toxic one.

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TV Guide

Best observed as a cultural artifact.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The results, inevitably, were disappointing -- Bakshi just didn't have the money to make it right.

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Fernando F. Croce

X-rated museum piece

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Cole Smithey

Bawdy animated fun--a classic.

Time Out

Despite some ingenious effects, a generally trivial exercise that never matches the punch of the original.

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Aficionados of Crumb's work weren't enthralled by the movie when it came out, and time hasn't been kind to it.

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Staci Layne Wilson

Cats with cleavage? I think not.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
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Aj V
This is the classic adult animated film which made the genre more popular. Bakshi's work was really revolutionary and very cool visually. I'm a big… More
Lucas Martins
A crude, surreal and darkly comedy. Fritz the Cat it's a real classic of the underground films, with a political background, Bakshi's work presents a… More
Arash Xak
Totally dated but has moments and is the first X rated animated film so it wasn't a total waste
Jim Careter
Im not sure what this is, but I thought it was okay
Cassandra Maples
This is a film not for everyone. Pure and simple it is offensive, and at times intentionally gross. Besides this fact, it holds the honour of the first X rated… More