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Fritz The Cat Review


Bad
In the space of 77 minutes, this X-rated and animated cat (a recreation of the famed Robert Crumb character) has an orgy, gets stoned (repeatedly), incites a riot, takes a long road trip, and terroristically blows up a power plant, all before admitting he had a couple of bad ideas in there. Full of animated, nude, cartoon animals and some of the most vitriolic racism (disguised as empowerment) ever put on film, Fritz the Cat is so bad that Crumb, after seeing the film, killed the character in one of his comics. He should have killed director Ralph Bakshi, who went on to make an even worse sequel.

Cool And The Crazy Review


Terrible
Bleargh.

Ever wonder what became of Ralph Bakshi -- who made those weird Lord of the Rings videos in the '70s along with Fritz the Cat? Well, among other atrocities he's responsible for this film, Jared Leto's first film and one of Alicia Silverstone's earlier appearances, too.

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Wizards Review


Extraordinary
If you dread the day your child asks you where babies come from, then you definitely don't want them watching Wizards. If you're looking for an animated classic to watch with the kids on Sunday afternoon, revisit Bambi or The Fox and the Hound. Don't let the PG rating fool you -- Ralph Bakshi's 1977 Wizards will have your kid asking you about stuff that is far more difficult to explain than "the birds and the bees." However, if your kids are old enough to understand nuclear war, Adolf Hitler, the holocaust, assassinations, prostitution, terrorists, and the apocalypse, then they're in for quite a thought-provoking treat.

Director/writer/producer Ralph Bakshi first made a name for himself when he created the first X-rated cartoon Fritz the Cat (1972) and its followup, the R-rated Heavy Traffic (1973). Ever since, Bakshi has continued to make seemingly anti-Disney films that offer consenting adults speculative -- although unappetizing -- food for thought. Wizards is rather tame compared to Bakshi's previous animated features, but that's not the say it isn't just as disturbing.

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