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[[caption-width-right:347:Pictured: Not ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. '''''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids We mean it.]]''''']]

->[in a Synagogue; referring to the Rabbis]\\
'''Ralph the Pig:''' They all got long hair. They all got long clothes. Must be a hippie church!

Creator/RalphBakshi's 1972 feature film adaptation of RobertCrumb's comic strip ''[[ComicBook/FritzTheCat Fritz The Cat]]''. Famous for being the first X-rated animation in the United States, it is an amalgamation of many plotlines from the comic into a feature film. It was more overt in its political and social commentary than the comics, which were largely light entertainment.

The movie follows Fritz as he [[BigApplesauce roams New York]] (and later takes a roadtrip to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco) in TheSixties, ostensibly looking for a cause to join in. Over the course of the movie he spends time hanging out with stoners, talking to black people (represented by crows) in Harlem where he meets Duke, very briefly meeting with some Rabbis, going on a road trip with his girlfriend Winston, and ultimately meeting with [[spoiler:extremists who blow up a power plant]]. Unsurprisingly, he spends most of the movie running from the police (represented as, of course, pigs). Of course, his goal of finding himself always seems to take a back seat to more immediate gratification in the form of [[AllMenArePerverts carnal pleasures]] or [[StonerFlick good ol' fashioned weed]].

Though he had directed several TV shows previously, this was Bakshi's directorial debut for a full-length film. After coming across a ''Fritz'' comic in a Manhattan book store, Bakshi went straight to author R. Crumb to ask for the rights to turn the comic into a movie. Although Crumb gave Bakshi a sketchbook of his to help him learn to draw Fritz, he was highly doubtful of the film's potential for success, and never agreed to sign over the rights to green-light the film. Producer Steve Krantz, however, struck a deal with Crumb's wife, allowing the film to begin production; Crumb was paid $50,000 for the film rights.

The movie harshly criticizes the hippie lifestyle and leftist views in general. When the movie finally premiered Robert Crumb expressed dismay over Bakshi's political choices in the film, calling the final part of the film "fascist." Crumb also found the rampant sexual themes of the movie to be offputting - saying of Bakshi, "It's like real repressed horniness; he's kind of letting it out compulsively." Which is a little bit odd, given that such things are ubiquitous in Crumb's work. Just read any of it.

Because of this film's politics, Crumb killed off the character in the comic "Fritz the Cat, Superstar". Later, Steve Krantz produced a sequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat'', released in 1974, which largely consists of scenarios in which [[ResetButton Fritz repeatedly dies]].

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!!Tropes:

* AccidentalMurder: In a surprisingly sudden and sad turn of events, [[spoiler:Duke is shot by a stray bullet while attempting to keep Fritz safe from the gunfire. However, he appears as a ghost playing pool in [[WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat the]] [[CanonDiscontinuity sequel]].]]
* AllMenArePerverts: Especially Fritz.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Winston Schwartz.
* AuthorAppeal
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted. When one of the pig cops is thrown through a church window (somehow lacking his pants and undergarments) you can clearly see his junk.
** Until he takes his shirt and coat off, Fritz is usually drawn with this.
* BarefootCartoonAnimals
* CampGay: The first crow to appear in the film.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Winston and Fritz eat beef at a Howard Johnson's.
* ClosedCircle: Averted; once Fritz gets into trouble for [[spoiler:inciting a riot]], he hightails it out of New York and never looks back.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Whille Fritz appears pretty much as depicted in [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/75/Fritz_the_Cat_(film).jpg/220px-Fritz_the_Cat_(film).jpg posters]], the female cat (or Comicbook/{{catwoman}} [[IncrediblyLamePun if you will]]) never appears in the film.
* CrapsackWorld / TheBigRottenApple: New York in the mid '60s. Not unusual for a Ralph Bakshi movie, however.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Both films contain one, though the second film uses it to show one of the ways Fritz dies.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Fritz when he and Duke steal a car.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex
* FacePalm: Duke does this complete with "Aww MAN!" when Fritz says something bad to the bartender.
* FantasticRacism[=/=]SpaceJews: Somewhat. Crows stand in for black people in the movie, however the terms "crow" and "black/negro/colored" are used completely interchangeably.
* FemmeFatale: Winston Schwartz, as evidenced by the song which introduces her:
-->She makes men into boys
-->She makes giants into men
-->She'll have you feeling guilty
-->Before you can count to ten
* FollowTheLeader: The film did so well, it made other studios to make cartoons for adults at the time. Even though most of them tried to copy Fritz.
* FunnyBackGroundEvent: When Fritz is preaching for revolt on top of the car in Harlem, someone in the crowd yells "Get the fuck off my car!"
* FurryDenial: Creator/RalphBakshi's reasoning for why the anthropomorphic characters in this film never act like animals is that it would ruin what he was trying to create, which was a more realistic and mature form of animation. This is specifically the reason why the scene where Duke the Crow saves Fritz was changed from [[ComicBook/FritzTheCat R. Crumb's comic]]; Crumb had Duke flying Fritz away from a car crash, whereas he grabs a railing in the film. Bakshi admits that he wasn't entirely satisfied with the solution, but it kept him from using any "animal" behavior to further the plot.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Pretty much everyone.
* InterspeciesRomance: Fritz's girlfriend, Winston Schwartz, is a dog.
* IntellectualAnimal
* KarmaHoudini: The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Sadistic Satanic Neo-Nazi Junkie Terrorists]] who made Fritz plant the bomb inside the power plant near the end of the movie and made it explode along with Fritz still in there, and beat poor Harriet pretty bad. We just never hear of them again.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Fritz tries and often succeeds at having sex with almost every female character in the film.
* MatureAnimalStory
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with two entirely different female companions of Fritz both named Winston. The first is a fox who engages in the orgies at the beginning and the end. The other, a dog named Winston Schwartz, goes on a road trip on Fritz [[spoiler: but breaks up with him out of annoyance]].
* OnlyFriend: Duke the Crow is the only male character in the entire movie to show any empathy to Fritz
* PlayingAgainstType: Fritz is voiced by Skip Hinnant, who at the same time was a cast member of ''TheElectricCompany''.
* PoliceAreUseless: Oh so much.
-->What's a pervert?
* PhotoMontage: The film ends with pictures with many different location spots from New York city. Including an area [[ShownTheirWork that was referenced]] in the beginning of the film.
* ProductPlacement: Fritz and Winston Schwartz at one point eat at Howard Johnson's.
* RandomEventsPlot
* RapeAsDrama: Played straight.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Fritz's girlfriend, Winston Schwartz, isn't even mentioned until her appearance in the last third of the film. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Her disappearance is just as abrupt]].
* ShutUpHannibal: Fritz's response to what the revolution was about.
-->'''Revolutionist''': Me and you have been assigned to blow up the power plant. That's all I care about. The revolution. ''(Turns the radio on)''
-->'''Fritz''': ''(Turns the radio off)'' You're full of shit! All you care about is a reason to hurt, to destroy, to blow up! You don't know what a real revolution is! None of you sons of bitches do!
* StonerFlick: A cartoon version of this trope, to boot.
* ThePornomancer: Fritz.
* TheSixties: Roughly 1966, considering that most of the comics by Crumb were written in the mid-60s, and we see a billboard advertising Creator/JohnHuston's film ''Literature/TheBible'', which was released in 1966.
* TooDumbToLive: The trainee cop repeatedly impedes the police hunt for Fritz. In one instance, his partner would have caught Fritz if not for the trainee pulling him in to dance the Horah with some Rabbis.
* UndergroundComics
* VaporWear: Bertha and Harriet both wear no underwear and skirts too short to cover their butts.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals
* YourCheatingHeart: Fritz has sex with several women despite having a girlfriend.
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