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title. Fritz the Cat

date. 1972

city. New York City

Fritz the Cat

Fritz the Cat is a 1972 American adult animated comedy film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi as his feature film debut.

Based on the comic strip of the same name by Robert Crumb, the film was the first animated feature film to receive an X rating in the United States.


It focuses on Fritz (voiced by Skip Hinnant), an anthropomorphic feline in mid-1960s New York City who explores the ideals of hedonism and sociopolitical consciousness. The film is a satire focusing on American college life of the era, race relations, the free love movement, and left- and right-wing politics.


Fritz the Cat is the most successful independent animated feature of all time, grossing over $90 million worldwide.


Director: Ralph Bakshi
Producer: Steve Krantz
Screenplay: Ralph Bakshi
Starring: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, Ralph Bakshi, Phil Seuling, John McCurry, Mary Dean
Music: Ed Bogas, Ray Shanklin
Cinematography: Ted Bemiller, Gene Borghi
Editor: Renn Reynolds

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