Film Series

Cool Worlds: The Animation of Ralph Bakshi

 
 
May 9—May 20, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
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The outrageous, groundbreaking, rude, crude, and weirdly beautiful films of Ralph Bakshi pushed the art of animation into bold new territory. Bursting onto the scene with the first X-rated cartoon, Fritz the Cat, he combined frank depictions of sex, violence, and societal ills with a freewheeling, surrealistic style that resisted decades of Disneyfied fantasias. His work demonstrates the medium’s capacity for ultra-personal, defiantly uncompromising expression.


 
PAST EVENTS
Film
Heavy Traffic
 

Ralph Bakshi’s tale of pimps, pushers, and pinball in sleazy 1970s New York.

May 9—May 13, 2014
 
 
Film
Coonskin
 

Bakshi’s savage satire of racism was one of the most controversial films of the 70s.

Sat, May 10, 2014
 
 
Film
Fritz the Cat
 

Bakshi’s psychotropic journey was famously the first animated film to get an X rating.

May 15—May 17, 2014
 
 
Film
Wizards
 

A dazzlingly ambitious sci-fi epic shot on a grindhouse budget.

Fri, May 16, 2014
 
 
Film
American Pop
 

Ralph Bakshi’s hallucinatory saga relates the history of 20th-century popular music.

Sun, May 18, 2014
 
 
Film
Hey Good Lookin'
 

Ralph Bakshi’s rough, rowdy recollection of his teenage years in Brownsville.

May 18—May 19, 2014
 
 
Film
Cool World
 

Brad Pitt, Gabriel Byrne, and Kim Basinger star in Ralph Bakshi's madcap cartoon-iverse.

Tue, May 20, 2014
 
 
Film
The Lord of the Rings
 

Bakshi applies his eye-poppingly surreal style to this ambitious Tolkien adaptation.

Tue, Jun 3, 2014