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by Rob Gonsalves

"Bakshi gets personal."
4 stars

Rather than do the 'Fritz the Cat' sequel (he left that to lesser hands trust me, Ive seen it), Ralph Bakshi dove into an intensely personal, autobiographical piece.

It's about a sexually frustrated young cartoonist living in Brooklyn with his viciously squabbling parents a psychotic Jewish mother and a corrupt Italian dockworker father (who, to modern eyes, may resemble a cruder, stupider Homer Simpson, if such a thing is even possible).

Leaving funny animals and R. Crumbs style behind, Bakshi reveals a vision much closer to Martin Scorsese (whose Mean Streets premiered the same year) than to Disney; amusingly, the young hero closely resembles the young Harvey Keitel. (The hero is also named Michael Corleone Bakshis middle-finger salute to The Godfather, which he felt romanticized the Mafia.) Bakshi also inaugurates his technique of presenting us with stereotypes so blatantly over-the-top that they somehow land on the other side as vital, unique, richly funny human beings. Not only that, he uses live action backdrops which, here as elsewhere in his work, sometimes adds to the canvas and sometimes distracts.

For the most part, though, this is a zesty abstract-jazz riff of a film, hinting at much bigger ambitions to come.

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11/21/13 dr.lao Not exactly good, but it drew me in, in a strange way...know what I mean? 3 stars
7/04/10 Yo Really took me by surprise. 4 stars
5/11/10 brian Absolute trash. Revolting and without redeeming factors. 1 stars
7/02/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess One of the greatist things ever put on celluloid! 5 stars
3/10/09 Dane Youssef Bakshi's best. One of the years best. One of the decade's best. One of animation's best. 5 stars
1/01/08 mr.mike good...damn good I said 4 stars
3/04/07 Z-Man If you don't like this movie, you are a twit. 5 stars
10/27/06 Isaac Baranoff My favorite animated film of all time. Nothing comes close. 5 stars
8/06/05 Zack If you don't like this film, there is something wrong with you! 5 stars
8/06/05 Pierre A masterpiece 5 stars
2/16/05 Wilt Chamberlin Cool classic! Check it out! 5 stars
1/30/05 Dom DeWilde More of the same -- EXCELLENCE! Bakshi's best film! 5 stars
12/14/04 Yvette Johnson A brilliant masterpiece from a brilliant film maker. Viva Ralph Bakshi! 5 stars
3/02/03 Charles Tatum More of the same- junk 1 stars
9/30/02 Butterbean Trippy and dark fun! I just wish that there was more to the story. 4 stars
3/16/01 The Bomb 69 sex and violence rule in cartoons 4 stars
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