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One of the most STRANGE animations I've seen!
on September 10, 2013
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. The biggest drawback is that there's almost no plot. The main character is in an arcade, he's a somewhat talented cartoonist, and while playing a game of pinball he sorta trips out into this fantasy world where it's mostly live action, partly cartoon, and the whole setting of this is in the disturbed 1970's NYC where gangs of punks, lowlifes, pimps, prostitues, cheap sex and the like are at their worst. You'll see the glits and glamor of New York, but mostly the darker side will abound ranging from dirty slums, delapidated abandoned buildings, swanky bars, allies overrun with mafioso, and corrupt cops and almost anything inbetween. The plot is very basic. The cartoonist trips out, then he meets his friend Carol, and they go and get together and do something (totally unknown what it is but it's apparent at the end.) The movie basically throws the plot out the window and focuses in on dazzling you with a gritty, grainy animation style Bakshi and his crew are now famous for while a barely noticeable plot is slows peiced together in about an hour and sixteen minutes. As a matter of fact, you could almost say that the biggest 'plot' of all is to amaze you with the bloody, gory and sexually provocative tidbits of this film while some patches of actually story were thrown in.
This film goes against the grain of your average movie, but executes it in a very wonderful unforgettable way. I guess it all boils down to personal taste with this one. I can see someone wanting a great movie with an all star cast and an engaging plot dismissing this as pure rubbish, but someone simply looking for a film with a truly remarkable bag of neat tricks would give think it was an unloved masterpiece.
I would most certainly give another look at a Bakshi production! Totally an awesome movie!