ADULT ANIMATION FROM THE 1970s: RALPH BAKSHI & CO | Offscreen
Ralph Bakshi (°1938) ranks up there with such masters of animation as Walt Disney and Tex Avery. He pioneered adult-themed animation interwoven with political commentary and satire, stirring up controversy with his feature debut, the X-rated animated adaptation of “Fritz the Cat”. His next two films, “Heavy Traffic” and “Coonskin”, proved equally controversial. His work is bold, profane, hysterical, obscene, sometimes dark, but always stunning. Bakshi will be present at the festival via a Skype connection.
This small Bakshi homage forms part of a night of adult animation. There was a surge in taboo-breaking films in the late 1960s, with other animators producing politically incorrect, amoral cartoons such as Charles Swenson's “Dirty Duck”. Porno chic and hardcore also abounded in the shape of short sextoons, or in live action pornography such as “Sex in the Comics”, which pays tribute to the Tijuana Bibles or “dirty” comic books. An unforgettable adults only night.
In a collection of pornographic vaudeville vignettes, actors reenact the filthiest and most twisted comics, complete with cartoon character masks. Your jaw will drop in response to one of the weirdest, wildest, and most original sexploitation films ever!
In 1972, the U.S. rating system gave this animated film an X-rating, for pornography. Yet it raked in 190 million dollars profit. The story, based on Robert Crumb's underground comic, is a death knell for 1960s ideals, with hope for a better future giving way to paranoia, cynicism, and violence.
Bakshi's controversial and satirical masterpiece is a descent into an unsavory and dilapidated New York City where we meet a series of eccentrics. Transvestites, racists, junkies, gangsters, whoremongers and call girls all feature in this deliciously vicious ode to grimy inner-city life.
Willard has sexual fantasies about his secretary, but is too shy to put his desires into practice. Everything changes when he meets a foul-mouthed duck who introduces him to a crazy new world of partying, seduction, and sexuality. Swenson's answer to “Fritz the Cat” is a rare cult classic.