Coonskin is a 1975 Blaxploitation Parody (and Darker and Edgier take on the Br'er (pronounced "bruh", for brother) Rabbit stories) written and directed by Ralph Bakshi. It has been described as a spiritual predecessor to The Boondocks. 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".
Biggus Dickus: 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 Humiliation Conga and Sonny uses it as a disguise when he attempts to assassinate Brother Rabbit.
Boom, Headshot: Several, some as mundane as the woman who shot a rat right between the eyes, some as dramatic as Madigan losing the top of his skull from concentrated gunfire.
Bottomless Magazines: Rabbit gives 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.
Camp Gay: All of the Godfather's sons, except Sonny.
Color Me Black: 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.
Fan Disservice: 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 Misaimed Fandom in gay men who like chubs.
Femme Fatale: Miss America, who routinely uses her sexuality and feminine wiles to murder black men.
Framing Device: Samson and Preacher are trying to bust Randy out of prison in a Great Escape while Poppy tells Randy stories about Brother Rabbit.
"I Am" Song: 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".
I see ya Lord, I sees ya Lord, I see ya Lord and you'd better well, fucking well, see me!
The Promised Land: 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.
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 GeorgeHerriman, noted African American cartoonist and Bakshi's favorite cartoonist. Another Herriman character, Ignatz the Mouse from Krazy Kat, 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.
Shown Their Work: 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.
Species Surname: 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".
Stock Footage: Old newsreels are frequently played behind the animation.
Savior being a revolutionary who loudly proclaims the virtues of a black uprising solely so he can con believers out of their money 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.