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09 August 2011

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)

Directed by: Robert Taylor
Genre: Comedy, Animation
Runtime: 76 minutes
Likely unusual for you to see that I wanted to see the sequel to the X-Rated “Fritz the Cat” film, but my curiosity for it had me watch it. Behind the directing duty of the film are Robert Taylor, and not Ralph Bakshi from the first film. Perhaps it is the reason the film is crap, I do not know, but this film is even more stupid than the previous. The film is also rated R, but there isn’t much less naughty things going on in this funky animated adult film. Be prepared to be taken on an even wackier drug trip journey, because it serves less plot than the first film.

It is the 1970s; Fritz the Cat is now married, on welfare, and has a child named Ralphies, who casually masturbates. As his wife screams at him for being an irresponsible father and husband, 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.

Moreover, that is where our story is. Therefore, we get eight flashbacks of things Fritz as done, which seems to be an excuse to go write little stories about this dumb, low-life, stoner, and sexually active cat. Don’t get me wrong, his character is great because of how careless and selfish he is.
The voice acting is not as choppy as the original film and was synced considerably well. The animation is a little bit improved but it still has that classic 70’s style that would be hard to describe in a few words. I guess you could call it a cross between cheap drawing and psychedelic colours. The film just has that classic low-budget animated film look to it.

Now the journeys Fritz goes on in his eight flashbacks are completely weird. I will not say all of them but some of the ventures he goes on include, Fritz being involved with Nazis and Hitler who has one ball that ends up being shot off after his attempt to rape Fritz, goes to Mars on a spaceship and goes to the black house in the so-called “New Africa”.  The New Africa thing is probably the sot controversial thing in the film and involves the city of New Jersey that has been taken over by black people and has been renamed "New Africa", home to all black crows. It is among the many stupid things in the film. In the story he meets a homeless bum who thinks he's God (if it is meant to be God who knows).

Here is Fritz with Hitler.
In the film, there is a weird pointless montage sequence with funky animation and strange music that features clips of old stock film and animation follows, vaguely illustrating Fritz's downfall in the 1930s (losing everything to excessive partying and drinking). It really does not make much sense at all just like the entire film. It was an excuse to go and make the story, but because the film is not trying to be anything, it is not a completely terrible film. It has a few laughable moments and the satirical, dark humour can be a little bit enjoyable. It is a film to avoid mostly because of its lack of linear (or even interesting) plot. It doesn't have the fun the first film had as much and certainly doesn't compare.

My Rating: 4.5/10

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha strangely interesting! It was a sequel, so it was doomed, but I may watch it as well at some point. Awesome review ;)

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