Fritz the Cat is a 1972 American animated film written and directed by
Ralph Bakshi (pictured) as his feature film debut. Based on the comic
strip of the same name by Robert Crumb, the film was the first animated
feature film to receive an X rating in the United States. It focuses on
Fritz (voiced by Skip Hinnant), an anthropomorphic feline in mid-1960s
New York City who explores the ideals of hedonism and sociopolitical
consciousness. The film is a satire focusing on American college life
of the era, race relations, the free love movement, and left- and
right-wing politics. Fritz the Cat was the most successful independent
animated feature of all time, grossing over $100 million worldwide. The
film had a troubled production history and controversial release.
Creator Robert Crumb is known to have had disagreements with the
filmmakers, claiming in interviews that his first wife signed over the
film rights to the characters, and that he did not approve the
production. Crumb was also critical of the film's approach to his
material. Fritz the Cat was controversial for its rating and content,
which viewers at the time found to be offensive.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Conradin, the last Duke of Swabia, was beheaded in Naples after failing
to reclaim Sicily for the House of Hohenstaufen from Charles of Anjou.
English courtier and explorer Walter Raleigh was executed in London
after King James I reinstated a fifteen-year old death sentence against
The opera Don Giovanni, based on the legendary fictional libertine Don
Juan and composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered in the Estates
Theatre in Prague.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk became the first President of the Republic of
Turkey, a new nation founded from remnants of the Ottoman Empire.
A catastrophic downturn in the New York Stock Exchange on "Black
Tuesday" set off the Great Depression, triggering a chain of
bankruptcies and a worldwide economic depression.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented its report on
Apartheid in South Africa, condemning both the Apartheid Government and
the African National Congress for committing atrocities.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
No moral system can rest solely on authority.
--Alfred Jules Ayer
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