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Trivia / Coonskin

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  • Troubled Production: While the film had a pretty smooth production (barring an incident where Ralph Bakshi had to fire three homophobic animators for picking on a gay artist), its release was another story. The film was incredibly controversial, and led to multiple protests, one of which involved smoke bombing a theater showing the movie, often led by both Al Sharpton and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), both of whom had never even seen the movie. As a result of all the controversy, distributor Paramount dropped the film, instead handing it over to Bryanston Distributing Company, who ended up going bankrupt two weeks after the film's extremely limited release. Also, some of Barry White's lines had to be rerecorded in order to remove "racist references and vulgarity."

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