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Fritz the Cat

Released 1972
Distributor Cinemation Industries

The great cartoonist/provocateur Robert Crumb disowned this 1972 film based on his comic strip about the low-down adventures of a randy tom-cat. Clearly a labor of love for director Ralph Bakshi, he spent years finding backing and several more years producing it. With the help of long-time Disney animator Edwin Aardal (Fantasia), Bakshi finds a reasonable approximation of Crumb’s densely populated visual style but he doesn’t capture the passive-aggressive humor of the misanthropic artist’s shaggy-dog storytelling. The movie flaunted its adults only rating (“We’re not rated X for nothin’, baby!”), not only to cement its counter-culture cred but to distance itself from more juvenile animation fare. Producer Steve Krantz began his career in animation with the bottom-of-the-barrel syndicated shows, The Mighty Thor and Spider-Man in 1966-67. NSFW!

About Mick Garris

Mick Garris will be Executive Producing a film for Universal called Unbroken. It is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing. Previously, Garris created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link!  Mick’s latest books “Snow Shadows” and “Tyler’s Third Act” are now out from Cemetery Dance. A new novella, “Ugly”, and new Hollywood desert noir novel, “SALOME”, will be coming out this year.