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The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat

Theatrical poster
Directed by Robert Taylor
Produced by Steve Krantz
Written by Robert Taylor
Fred Halliday
Eric Monte
Starring Skip Hinnant
Music by Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
Editing by Marshall M. Borden
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States June 26, 1974
Running time 79 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $1.5 million
Preceded by Fritz the Cat
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The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat is a 1974 animated film directed by Robert Taylor. It is an adult animation featuring a series of drug-induced vignettes both related and unrelated to life in the 1970s. Starring Skip Hinnant as the voice of the titular feline protagonist , the film is a sequel to Fritz the Cat, the first animated film to receive an X rating in the United States. Unlike its predecessor, Nine Lives received an R rating. It was also less well-received by critics and audiences alike, although it has since gained an audience as a cult film. Image File history File linksMetadata The_Nine_Lives_of_Fritz_the_Cat. ... Steve Krantz is a film producer and writer who was most active from 1966 to 1996. ... There are many people known as Bob Taylor or Robert Taylor, including: Robert Taylor (developer) (born 1972-present), Owner of FlashExtensions. ... Eric Monte is a television writer who has written for some of the most successful shows in TV. Montes first big break was a script written for and accepted by All in the Family. ... Skip Hinnant (Born September 12, 1940, in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, USA) is an American actor. ... The album The Very Best of Tom Scott was released in March 2006 by Verve records. ... The early AIP logo. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Fritz the Cat is a 1972 animated film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi as his feature film debut. ... Adult animation is animation that is targeted at adults. ... In theatre and script writing, these are a short, impressionistic, scenes that focus on one moment or gives one impression about a character, an idea or a setting. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Skip Hinnant (Born September 12, 1940, in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, USA) is an American actor. ... Fritz the Cat is a 1972 animated film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi as his feature film debut. ... X-rated, X certificate, X classification or similar terms are labels for movies implying strong adult content, typically pornography or violence. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Plot

Married life is the pits.
Married life is the pits.

Fritz the Cat (voiced by Skip Hinnant) is now married, with a child. As his wife (voiced by Reva Rose) screams at him, and his infant son masturbates, Fritz sits on the couch, staring off into space, smoking a joint. Tired of listening to his wife nag at him, he fades off into his own little world, imagining what life would be like for him if things were different. The first character he meets on his stoned journey is Juan (voiced by Peter Leeds), a Puerto-Rican, who takes offense when Fritz passes gas in front of him. The scene fades to a house where Fritz is seen sitting on the couch smoking a joint next to Chita (voiced by Louisa Moritz), who complains when he blows smoke in her eyes. His reaction is to tell her to loosen up and embrace her fellow man... and before she knows what hit her, he has shoved a joint into her mouth, taking her off into her own hallucinogenic fantasy. The pot makes her horny. Meanwhile, outside, a pair of crows are about to rob the place, but decide to stay outside and watch what happens inside instead. It is revealed that Chita is Juan's sister, and his absence is explained as being that he has "gone to the store." A car pulls up: it's what Fritz perceives to be Chita's old man, who blows Fritz apart with a shotgun. This violent display turns off the two crows, who decide to "come back at another time." Back into reality, we see that Fritz continues to fantasize while his wife continues to rant, saying that he has done nothing for his son, "Ralphie," other than teaching him how to masturbate. In another fantasy, Fritz meets a drunken bum claiming to be God, who tells him "I made the fucking world in seven days. Try it some time." Image File history File links Download high resolution version (853x480, 50 KB) Summary Married life is the pits. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (853x480, 50 KB) Summary Married life is the pits. ... Skip Hinnant (Born September 12, 1940, in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, USA) is an American actor. ... Woman masturbating, 1913 drawing by Gustav Klimt. ... A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ... For the board game, see Puerto Rico (board game). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Species See text. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...

Fritz and Adolf Hitler.
Fritz and Adolf Hitler.

In the film's second story, Fritz hallucinates that he is a soldier in WWII-Era Nazi Germany. After being caught having a Ménage à trois with two German girls by a commanding officer (the two girls being the poor swine's wife and daughter), Fritz escapes, and winds up being an assistant to Adolf Hitler. Fritz takes the form of a therapist, and analyzes Hitler, telling him that his world domination plans were just a way of trying to get attention. In the showers, Hitler "accidentally" drops his soap, and urges Fritz to pick it up, in an attempt to rape him, and ends up getting his single testicle blown off. In this segment, Fritz meets his death by way of the US Army. Back in '70s-era New York, Fritz attempts to sell a used condom to a liquor store owner who bets he knows who Fritz used it on. The two break out laughing as they take turns describing the woman. Fritz at one point blurts out "You know what...? She's got the clap!" When the liquor store owner asks who her name is, Fritz responds by telling him "Gina." The liquor store owner responds: "But that's my wife's name! She don't have the clap!" Fritz tells him "she does now," causing the store owner to curse and shout at Fritz. As he walks out of the store, Fritz bumps into a pig named Lenny. Fritz tells him that he was an irresistible stud in the 1930s. A psychedelic montage of old stock film and animation follows, vaguely illustrating Fritz's downfall in the 30s (losing everything to excessive partying and drinking). In the next scene, Fritz shows up at a pawn shop run by Morris, who is Jewish, and tries to get a welfare check cashed. Fritz tries to make a deal with Morris: If Morris will cash Fritz's welfare check, then Fritz will give Morris a toilet seat. Morris, doesn't like the deal, but suddenly getting diarrhoea from the pickles he has been eating, he reluctantly accepts the deal, but instead of cashing Fritz's welfare check, he gives Fritz a space helmet. "I think I've just been screwed," Fritz says. Afterwards, NASA hires Fritz to go into space on the first mission to Mars. While waiting for the shuttle to take off, Fritz decides to have sex with one of the reporters, a black girl. However, the space shuttle takes off a little early, and, once in space, it explodes. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (853x480, 51 KB) Summary Fritz and Adolf Hitler. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (853x480, 51 KB) Summary Fritz and Adolf Hitler. ... A hallucination is a sensory perception experienced in the absence of an external stimulus, as distinct from an illusion, which is a misperception of an external stimulus. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... National Socialism redirects here. ... Look up ménage à trois in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Pig (disambiguation). ... Hitler redirects here. ... The testicle (from Latin testis, meaning witness [1], plural testes) or ballock is the male generative gland in animals. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Gonorrhoea (gonorrhea in American English) is among the most common sexually-transmitted diseases in the world and is caused by Penis penis Neisseria penis. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... This article is about the American space agency. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

Fritz is accused of assassination.
Fritz is accused of assassination.

In Fritz's next life, we flash-forward to a future where New Jersey is a separate country from the rest of the United States. The crow-dominated city-turned-country has been renamed "New Africa." Fritz is just starting his job as a courier, and he is asked by President Henry Kissinger to deliver a letter to New Africa. In New Africa, Fritz finds a high crime rate, corruption, and violence. Once Fritz is lead to "The Black House," we find the president of New Africa and his vice-president talking about how low his popularity is, and how an assassination attempt would boost his popularity. The president of New Africa refuses to get shot. However, the vice president needs his president's popularity to increase so he will not lose the upcoming election. So, in order to do so, he kills the president, and blames the assassination on Fritz, because he is the only "white" cat in New Africa. In the final story, Fritz finds himself living in the sewers of New York, where he meets an Indian guru, and the devil. However, Fritz is given a rude awakening from his drug-induced reality by his wife, who finally throws him out of the apartment. After a quick look at all of his lives, Fritz sighs and says "This is about the worst life I've ever had." Image File history File links Download high resolution version (853x480, 53 KB) Summary Fritz is accused of assassination. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (853x480, 53 KB) Summary Fritz is accused of assassination. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ... For other uses, see Violence (disambiguation). ... Assassin and Assassins redirect here. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A Guru (Sanskrit: ), is a teacher in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, as well as in many new religious movements. ... The Devil is the name given to a supernatural entity, who, in most Western religions, is the central embodiment of evil. ...


Cast

Skip Hinnant (Born September 12, 1940, in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, USA) is an American actor. ... Robert Crumbs Fritz the Cat. ... Bob Holt was the voice of The Great Grape Ape. ...

History

Production

Direction

Because of the success of the 1972 film, Krantz had asked director Ralph Bakshi to write and direct a sequel for him, but Bakshi refused and instead moved on to Heavy Traffic.[1] Bakshi has stated that to this day, he has not seen The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat[2] (despite this fact, several film guides erroneously credit Bakshi as the director for the sequel). Directoral duties were given to Robert Taylor, an animator who had worked on The Mighty Heroes, a superhero spoof Bakshi created in the 1960s. Ralph Bakshi (October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and occasionally live-action films. ... Heavy Traffic is a 1973 American animated film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi, and originally distributed by American International Pictures. ... The Mighty Heroes was an animated television series created by Ralph Bakshi for the Terrytoons company. ...


Stylistically, Taylor attempted to recreate only some of the elements and themes of the original film. The setting of the film's period is similar to that of the first film, with the speaker addressing the audience with "jump back, baby." However, unlike the first film, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat was made during the era it was set in. Because the filmmakers only had three years of history to work with, much of the film devulges into various different storytelling directions, including sections focusing on the 1930s, Nazi Germany, and an alternate future. The film's ending credits play over animation of Fritz dancing down the street in tune with Tom Scott's music. Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ...


Writing

Taylor cowrote the film's screenplay with Fred Halliday and Eric Monte. Steve Krantz would later produce Monte's screenplay Cooley High, which was developed into the television sitcom Good Times. Cooley High is a 1975 feature film produced and released by American International Pictures and written by Eric Monte (creator of Good Times). ... Good Times was an American sitcom originally broadcast from February 8, 1974 until August 1, 1979 on the CBS television network. ...


Music

Fritz images the 1930s.
Fritz images the 1930s.

The music for this film was performed by Tom Scott and the L.A. Express. A full soundtrack album was planned for official release, but the album never came out because of the film's failure to garner significant box office revenue. However, a 45 RPM single featuring two songs from the film, "Jump Back," and "TCB in E" was released in 1974.[3] A live version of "TCB in E" was later released on Tom Scott's Smokin' Section album in 1999. The album's liner notes do not mention the film. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The album The Very Best of Tom Scott was released in March 2006 by Verve records. ... A soundtrack album is any album that incorporates music from a particular feature film. ... It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Revolutions per minute (disambiguation). ... // January - The Ramones form. ... This article is about the year. ...


Reception

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat was the first animated feature in Cannes history to compete as part of the official competition.[1]


The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat received negative reviews. Film website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from a wide range of critics, gives the film a score of 50%.[4] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Both Fritz the Cat films are available on DVD through MGM Home Entertainment in the USA, and Arrow Films in the UK as part of a DVD box set entitled The Fritz the Cat Collection. Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Arrow Films is a European distributor of classic and cult films on PAL-format DVDs. ... A box set (sometimes referred to as a boxed set) is one or more musical recordings, films, television programs, or other collection of related things that are contained in a box. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Trivia for The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
  2. ^ Bakshi, Ralph. Re: Fritz the Cat's Sequel. Ralph Bakshi Forum. Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
  3. ^ Soundtracks: Nine Lives Of Fritz The Cat, Tom Scott, 1974. Blaxploitation.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
  4. ^ The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974). Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2007-04-09.

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External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Fritz the Cat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (780 words)
In the liner notes for the Fritz the Cat film soundtrack, Thomas Albright describes Fritz as "a kind of updated Felix with overtones of Charlie Chaplin, Candide and Don Quixote." Fritz was originally created as part of a series of comic books that R. Crumb and his brother Charles drew when they were kids.
Fritz is a trouble-making, anti-establishment, college-age figure whose adventures consisted of having sex with as many anthropomorphic female animals as possible, while staying one step ahead of the law.
Reoccurring characters include Fritz's girlfriend: the ever-oppressive Winston the Fox, the city's piggish cops, negro crows, and Fritz's college buddies, Fuzzy the Bunny (also a former character from the comics Crumb drew as a kid) and Heinz the Swine.
The Unknown Movies - unknownmovies.com (1943 words)
Fritz is no longer a college student ambling on the fringe of society, but has now settled down in domestic bliss.
When Fritz becomes an astronaut, the biggest idea the writers come up with is to have Fritz take a female report into the rocket before it launches so he can have sex with her, making the rocket bounce up and down before it launches (ha ha).
That was the surrounding story, where Fritz is sitting stoned on his couch and having to listen to his wife's rants and raves, which the movie keeps cutting back to momentarily between each hallucination Fritz has.
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