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"Heavy images, crazy violence, insanity verging on insecurity and brilliance" (Films & Filming)! Heavy Traffic, the second feature from writer/director Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat), combines a quick-edit pace, a frenetic story line and an array of eye-popping animation and live-action styles. "Powerful, raw and valid" (Los Angeles Times), this "remarkable blend" of filmic styles is a "hypnotic, life-giving experience" (The Hollywood Reporter)! Michael, a young artist who lives with his neurotic mother and two-timing father, escapes the absurd and often ugly side of life on New York's tough streets by satirizing its rich yet wacky characters in wildly entertaining cartoons. From the gruff homeless and wisecracking prostitutes to gun-toting gangsters and corrupt cops, Michael's world becomes an outlandish kaleidoscope of shocking images and horrifying events that are either a testament of his wild imagination or a reminder of the strangeness of reality.
This, like all Bakshi creations is undeniably bizarre: no more or less so than most of his others. If you liked THEM, You will probably find this one OK or better.Published 10 months ago by Randall F.
A must have for all you lovers of animated films from the 70s. Like 'Frits the Cat' and 'Heavy Metal'.Published 12 months ago by Dales
Considering it's a Bakshi film it being a little odd is to be expected, but this? This is one of the strangest cartoons out there, literally like a night of boozing and doing LSD. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Xevious
This film is not for everyone. There are those who get it and those who don't. It contains challenging subject matter and shocking imagery and themes. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by David G. Lloyd