Fritz the Cat: MGM
Mike Flaherty
December 11, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Fritz the Cat

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
78 minutes
performer
Skip Hinnant
director
Ralph Bakshi
distributor
Cinemation Industries
author
Ralph Bakshi, R. Crumb
genre
Animation, Comedy
We gave it a B

To the extent that anyone under 40 knows of Fritz, it’s probably as a mere cartoon sex romp. So it may be a surprise to learn that, under the direction of animator Ralph Bakshi, it’s really a groovy satirical document. Released at the height of the Nixon era, ”Fritz” spoke to a counterculture fed up with ’60s idealism. The film’s titular feline — who, along with the rest of its menagerie of characters, first appeared in R. Crumb’s subversive comics — is an NYU student who sets off on a Homeric journey through the blighted New York City night. Originally on a quest for revolution, Fritz discovers, through a series of disillusioning encounters with hippies, Black Panthers, bikers, and dopers, that he’ll settle for discovering the meaning of life. Unfortunately, what made ”Fritz” so insightful then makes it look like a frozen-in-time artifact now, but at least it’s a randy, articulate, occasionally funny one.

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