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title. Coonskin aka Streetfight

date. 1972

city. New York City

Fritz the Cat

Coonskin is a 1975 American live action/animated crime film about an African American rabbit, fox, and bear who rise to the top of the organized crime racket in Harlem, encountering corrupt law enforcement, con artists, and the Mafia.

 

The film, which combines live-action with animation, stars Philip Thomas, Charles Gordone, Barry White, and Scatman Crothers, all of whom appear in both live-action and animated sequences.

 

Coonskin makes reference to various elements from African-American culture, ranging from African folk tales to the work of cartoonist George Herriman, and satirizes racist and other stereotypes, as well as the blaxploitation genre, Song of the South, and The Godfather (which was another film produced by Albert S. Ruddy).

 

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Producer: Albert S. Ruddy
Writer: Ralph Bakshi
Starring: Barry White, Charles Gordone, Philip Thomas, Scatman Crothers
Music: Chico Hamilton
Cinematography: William A. Fraker
Edited: Donald W. Ernst