YMMV / Ralph Bakshi

  • Acceptable Targets: The mafia. They're always portrayed as stupid, monstrous and completely irredeemable. Supposedly, this was because he was pissed off at The Godfather's seemingly sympathetic portrayal of organized crime, which he grew up around.
  • All Adult Animation Used To Be Ralph Bakshi: Much like the similarly-named trope, for a long time, this was literal. Bakshi's early films were the earliest proof that animated films could be made exclusively for adults rather than for children or families, with gritty, dark stories and blatant sexuality throughout. After the success of Fritz came a slew of quickly-forgotten copycat films which were essentially animated porn, such as Down and Dirty Duck and Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle. Other adult animated films that have made names for themselves, such as Heavy Metal or Rock & Rule, have been mis-credited to Bakshi despite having nothing in common with his films other than their target audience.
  • All Animation Is Disney: He hates this trope, not because he dislikes Disney, but because he's frustrated by talented artists who believe that the only way to do animation is by Disney's standards of look and storytelling, which his films were meant as an aversion to. He famously criticized Don Bluth's films for enforcing this image, feeling that he should have been trying to do his own thing instead of carrying on the Disney tradition.
    "I wouldn't leave Disney to do Disney."
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Most of his films and television shows were intended for adults rather than children (his first full-length feature, Fritz The Cat, was actually rated Xnote ), but due to the medium in which they are filmed they are almost invariably mistaken for children's movies by modern consumers.
  • Cult Classic: His entire filmography is about as underground as you can get. Even the kids shows he did (Tattertown and Mighty Mouse) aren't considered mainstream.
  • Hype Backlash
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Bakshi himself admitted that the only reason anyone saw his movies was the novelty of animation, often mistaken for a children's medium, being made explicitly for adults with sex and violence.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: His entire career was a defiance against the notion that animation could only be done Disney's way if it were ever to be successful, a notion that has since been defied by DreamWorks Animation to the point where Disney was copying them!
    • This is especially ironic because, which Bakshi has said that he has never disliked Disney, he absolutely hates Dreamworks.
  • Values Dissonance: It was common for Bakshi's films to feature gay stereotypes, something that wouldn't really fly very well with modern audiences.
  • Vindicated by History: Most of his films weren't very well received due to their content and the Animation Age Ghetto being in effect but nowadays, they're viewed much more positively among animation fans (especially since his films are rather tame compared to today's adult animation).
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Most of his more mature work, although he did make a few films and shows that actually were directed at children.