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Fritz the Cat (1972)

Skip Hinnant , Rosetta LeNoire , Ralph Bakshi  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Judy Engles, Phil Seuling
  • Directors: Ralph Bakshi
  • Producers: Steve Krantz
  • Format: NTSC, Anamorphic, Digital Sound, Color, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009V8EG7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He fought many a good man.... September 30, 2004
Although Fritz's creator Robert Crumb supposedly wasn't so crazy about this film, I gotta say this is definitely the masterpiece its rumored to be... What's so wild about it (besides the incredibly funky Hammond organ laden Jazz soundtrack featuring the likes of Charles Earland and Merle Saunders) is that although it was made on the '70s and was a saracastic and twisted take on the '60s the film is anything but dated, even with all the student revolutionary, free love and pot smoking in it... In fact, I think its gotten even funnier with time... and if you're old enough to remember some of the "types" in this film... its even more funnier (or perhaps scarier.)... What freaked me out was when I realized that even BLUE the meth addict neo-nazi motorcycle gang biker and his *literally* fat cow girlfriend reminded me of some real people - - Though there aren't a lot of extra features, the trailer for the film is pretty wild and cool itself...Overall, Fritz the Cat, being one of those films who's scenes you watch over and over and over again is DEFINITELY worth getting... especially on DVD... The kicks never wear off...
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Fritz The Cat' (MGM Studios) Running time: 79 minutes October 18, 2005
Originally released in 1972.I,personally remember seeing this cult classic in a drive-in as well as at a midnight movie(sure miss those anymore;guess since everyone has a DVD player,there's so little call for such).There's STILL something to be said for viewing a movie on a twenty-five foot silver screen.Anyway,'Fritz The Cat' has to be one of the best ever counter-culture flicks ever made.Liked it better than any of the Cheech&Chong movies,except for maybe 'Up In Smoke'.Takes place in New York in the late '60's where good-for-nothing feline Fritz is on a full time search for the sex,drugs and rock&roll lifestyle.The voices in this movie fit right in.Before the likes of Beavis&Butthead,South Park and Family Man,there was this satire.Great animation,I thought.Well worth repeated views.One should enjoy many plays in future years to come.Highly recommended.Ideal humor for aging hippies,former bikers,acid heads and late nighters who don't work at a regular job.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has stayed with me since 1972 September 17, 2002
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I was senior in high school when I saw this movie, we had to drive to the only x-rated drive in the area. I never saw anything like it, and I loved it. I think this movie broke down some barriers so we could have shows like "The Simpsons", "King of the Hill" and "South Park". The adult element in animated
features is something that was much needed, before this all we had was Bugs Bunny. It's trail blazing material like this that keeps me coming to the theaters.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very weird movie! September 12, 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 exploitation films, movies with a tremendous amount of nudity, and ultra-violence, what more could you want in a decade? While I was not alive during the time this movie was released I read a review in "Playboy", and I had figured I had better see this movie to decide for myself. Even by today's standards, this is a very bizarre film, I wish I would have watched this on acid (I would have enjoyed it a lot more, pretty colors anyone). I almost fell on the floor laughing a few times the first time I saw this.
Fritz is a student at NYU, who is bored with life and wants to try something new, unfortunately (to our delight), he bites off a lot more than he can chew. There's a wild ride through Harlem, cartoon orgies, drug use, and cops portrayed as pigs (literally), what else do you need. See this movie!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it January 19, 2007
I was so excited to be able to find this lost icon. I gave it away as a Christmas gift to a friend on Christmas Eve. We all sent the kids out of the room and we all watched it. We were amazed at how the politics ring true almost 40 years later. We all had a blast! Fritz is still a cool cat!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super-Hip Outta Site Dolemite November 25, 2000
Fritz is a student at New York University. He meets a couple of chicks (and pussies and poodles) in Washington Square Park and induces them home for a bath-tub orgy. Pigs (cops) break up the action and chase Fritz into a synagogue. He escapes and returns to his pad where he burns his books (and consequently his school) and then flees to Harlem. There he makes the aquaintance of Duke, a black crow. Together they steal a car and zip over to a party at Big Bertha's where Fritz gets stoned and ends up in bed with BB herself. He then mounts a car roof and delivers an impassioned lecture to a group of crows about the need to rise up against the white oppressors. A riot ensues and friend Duke is killed. Fritz then splits for the coast in feline friend Winsten's VW. Out of gas somewhere betweeen here and there, he sets off to hitch to the nearest town, where he meets a gang of Hell's Angels who enlist him in their scheme to blow up America. Fritz goes along as fas as the power plant in question, then he decides to chicken out. But the female biker with him won't let this happen - she orders Fritz to lay a stick of dynmite behind a girder and then lights the fuse, causing Fritz and the power plant to go off with a bang. Fritz lands in the hospital but won't be daunted - swathed in bandages - he conducts a bed-ridden orgy with his female vistors. ** A CULT CLASSIC 5/5 SQUIRTS
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by James Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars POSITIVELY HILARIOUS!
Although FRITZ was produced over 40 years ago, it is as entertaining today as it was then. Because it is an ANIMATED movie and features animals playing human roles, visualizations... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Randall F.
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it to any stoner
All time classic. I recommend it to any stoner ! You won't regret watching Fritz.
Published 2 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie for the era
It's a good 60's movie, the characters are interesting and the plot is good. You will be amazed, if you are into these kind movies.
Published 7 months ago by Rene Fuentes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic old cult flick!
Fritz the Cat brought back lots of fond memories. I can't wait to show it off to some old friends!
Published 9 months ago by Bruce V.
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Dated...Crumb Probably Still Hates It
I finally saw FRITZ THE CAT after finding a used copy in Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

I'd have to say it's very dated. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The JuRK
5.0 out of 5 stars FRITZ
Published 14 months ago by Richard W. Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good ... but ...
This film is a must-see for any fan of animation (provided they're over 18, of course). It's a ground-breaking cult classic that will not be forgotten. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David G. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Got what i wanted, when i wanted it, and in the shape i wanted it in. thank yo very much.
Published 16 months ago by michael neary
5.0 out of 5 stars So Fantastically Crass
I'm a big fan of Ralph Bakshi and this is definitely my favorite movie of his. I wouldn't recommend this movie to most people. It is extremely crass and sexual. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lesliethesquid
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