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->''"[[CrossesTheLineTwice Warning: This film offends EVERYBODY!]]"''
-->-- The blurb on the movie's VHS box

''Coonskin'' is a 1975 BlaxploitationParody (and DarkerAndEdgier take on the [[SongOfTheSouth Br'er]] (pronounced "bruh", for brother) [[SongOfTheSouth Rabbit]] stories) written and directed by Creator/RalphBakshi. It has been described as a spiritual predecessor to ''TheBoondocks''. Bakshi once described it as his best film.

What's that? You say you've never heard of this film? Blame Al Sharpton and CORE, who protested the film (without seeing it; Sharpton famously said "I don't got to see shit; I can smell shit!") despite its getting support from the NAACP as "difficult satire".

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!!Tropes used:

* AngryBlackMan: all three Br'ers are this, but especially Brother Rabbit.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Rabbit, in his impeccably tailored white suit.
* BiggusDickus: We get a glimpse of one of the Godfather's sons' penises during his introduction. It's hanging down past his ''knees''.
* {{Blackface}}: "Darky" imagery is used throughout the film to ridicule racism in films of the 30's and 40's. Additionally, a cop is given this treatment as part of a HumiliationConga and Sonny uses it as a disguise when he attempts to assassinate Brother Rabbit.
* BlaxploitationParody
* BoomHeadshot: Several, some as mundane as the woman who shot a rat right between the eyes, some as dramatic as [[spoiler: Madigan losing the top of his skull from concentrated gunfire.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Rabbit gives [[{{Hellsing}} Alucard]] a run for his money when he shoots up a heroin dealer's house, riddling everyone present with dozens of holes at an impossible pace, wielding what appears to be an M1911.
* CampGay: All of the Godfather's sons, except Sonny.
* ColorMeBlack: In one scene a racist, homophobic, and corrupt cop on the mob's payroll is drugged by Brother Rabbit in an attempt to take out the mafia. When he wakes up, he's covered in blackface and wearing a dress. Still tripping off acid, he freaks out believing he has actually become a gay black man and begins firing his pistol randomly until a pair of police officers gun him down because they're as racist and corrupt as he is and confuse him for an ''actual'' black man.
* CorruptHick: The Sheriff who likes to end his Saturday nights with some "[[HookersAndBlow black whoring]]".
* CreatorCameo: Creator/RalphBakshi voices the cop on the megaphone [[spoiler: [[DeathByCameo who gets shot in the face]] by Madigan.]]
* DeconstructiveParody
* DeepSouth
* DepravedHomosexual[=/=]AllGaysArePromiscuous: It ''was'' 1975 and this can be easily seen as a parody of [[QueerAsTropes gay people]]. An [[DoubleEntendre orgy]] of UnfortunateImplications ensues. Even [[BrotherSisterIncest Brother Brother Incest]].
* FanDisservice: Just about every depiction of nudity and sex is intentionally repulsive. Except when Bakshi throws in his usual big-breasted women, of course. Though some of it can have a MisaimedFandom in [[LGBTFanbase gay men]] who like {{chub}}s.
* FemmeFatale: Miss America, who routinely uses her sexuality and feminine wiles to murder black men.
* FramingDevice: Samson and Preacher are trying to bust Randy out of prison in a GreatEscape while Poppy tells Randy stories about Brother Rabbit.
* IAmSong: Satirically done in the opening credits song "Ah'm a Nigger Man."
* {{Leitmotif}}: Miss America, with a hideously off-key rendition of "America, the Beautiful".
* LittleBitBeastly: Rabbit, Bear, and Fox are this with a dollop of black caricature.
* TheMafia: the primary villains of the film. Bakshi did this as a reaction to ''Film/TheGodfather'', feeling it [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing glorifed the supposed honor of the Family]].
* MaleFrontalNudity: Quite a lot of it at times.
* MsFanService: Miss America.
* NWordPrivileges
* PreacherMan / BadassPreacher
* PrecisionFStrike: The film opens on a "Fuck You".
** Preacher's EstablishingCharacterMoment is a fire-and-brimstone speech to an empty church that ends on a note more like the prayer to Crom in ''ConanTheBarbarian''
--> ''I see ya Lord, I sees ya Lord, I see ya Lord and you'd better well, '''fucking well''', see me!''
* ThePromisedLand: Subverted: Rabbit, Fox and Bear go to the last place they can keep hustling, Harlem. Turns out Harlem's a dump. Just to underline the fact that it's a dump we get a short story from a woman and her baby who were left by her cockroach husband (literally a cockroach) up to her shooting a (literal) rat in the face.
** Not just any cockroach and rat, but [[Literature/ArchyAndMehitabel archy]] and [[KrazyKat Ignatz]]!
* RogerRabbitEffect
* ShoutOut:
** The entire story of "Coonskin" is a shout out to the Uncle Remus stories, made famous by the Disney film "Song Of The South", which also mixes animation with live-action. All three characters, Br'er Bear, Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox lend their names from these stories. The scene where Br'er Rabbit begs not to be thrown outside in a garbage can, only to come out and proudfully boast "'Cause I was born and raised in a garbage can" references a similar scene in the Uncle Remus stories, only with a briar patch. Near the end the scene where Br'er Rabbit jumps past the criminals stuck inside a tar baby is also a wink to these stories.
** The story about Malcolm the Cockroach pays tribute to [[ArchyAndMehitabel George]] [[KrazyKat Herriman]], noted African American cartoonist and Bakshi's favorite cartoonist. Another Herriman character, Ignatz the Mouse from ''KrazyKat'', also has a cameo during this scene.
*** A cockroach named Malcolm also appears in Bakshi's later shorts ''Malcolm and Melvin'' and ''Babe, He Calls Me''.
* ShownTheirWork: Ralph not only did his research for this movie, many African-American viewers remarked that they couldn't believe that this was written and directed by a white guy, as much of it rang true for them in its portrayal of how blacks have been treated both in the United States and by the film industry.
* SpeciesSurname: The three leads, as the gravestones for Rabbits mother and father feature the surname of Rabbit, Fox is addressed as Preacher Fox, and Bear is announced in a boxing arena as "Brown Bear".
* StockFootage: Old newsreels are frequently played behind the animation.
* SurrealHumor / SurrealHorror: The whole movie due to its lack of a consistent plot thread, but especially [[{{Gorn}} Madigan's death]] and the Tar Rabbit scene.
* TakeThat: Creator/RalphBakshi hates TheMafia and the film ''Film/TheGodfather''. There's a ''massive'' TakeThat towards ''The Godfather'' in this movie, and the Mafia is generally portrayed negatively here and in ''WesternAnimation/HeavyTraffic''. Also, this entire film is a TakeThat towards the {{Blaxploitation}} genre, [[WaltDisney Disney]]'s ''SongOfTheSouth'', and the history of racist portrayals of African Americans in Hollywood films.
** Savior being a revolutionary who loudly proclaims the virtues of a black uprising solely so he can con believers out of their money [[{{Hypocrite}} while being firmly in the pockets of a white businessman]] is a double whammy for corrupt evangelists in general (who were all over TV in the late 70's/early 80's) and specifically for black community leaders who sold out the civil rights movement for their own personal gain.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: The Sheriff and his daughter.
* UncleTomfoolery: Several of the background characters.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when a character is spreading the news [[spoiler: of Savior's death]] in what he believes to be an inconspicuous manner by running around dribbling a basketball.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: The short man representing the general black community who's in an abusive relationship with Miss America.
** There's also a scantily clad white woman in the office of Savior's nightclub.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: A variant joke in the opening:
-->''"350 of you white folks committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, and out of the 350 there was only two that was niggers."''
-->''"And one of them was pushed!"''
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