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Fritz the Cat

Director: Ralph Bakshi Run Time: 78 min. Format: 35mm Rating: NR Release Year: 1972

Starring: John McCurry, Judy Engles, Rosetta LeNoire, Skip Hinnant

An animated cat gets saucy in 1960s New York in Ralph Bakshi’s directorial debut, FRITZ THE CAT. A 35mm presentation!

First things first, Fritz the Cat was the first animated feature film to receive an X-rating in the U.S. (so you know it’s good). It is also based on legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb’s comic strip but he infamously objected over the film’s political content. Fritz the Cat centers around an anthropomorphic college-aged and sex obsessed cat named Fritz who romps through New York during the 1960s exploring hedonism and sociopolitical consciousness. It covers everything from Black Panthers to Hell’s Angels, race relations, free love, and drugs. As far as adult oriented animations, this one is the best!

Part of Nitehawk’s April TUNE IN, TURN ON midnite series.