Ralph Bakshi

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Ralph Bakshi (born October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and live-action films.wikipedia
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Fritz the Cat (film)

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Through producer Steve Krantz, Bakshi made his debut feature film, Fritz the Cat, released in 1972.
Fritz the Cat is a 1972 American adult animated comedy film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi.

The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)

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He is well known for such films as Wizards (1977), The Lord of the Rings (1978), American Pop (1981) and Fire and Ice (1983).
The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 adult animated high fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi.

Wizards (film)

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He is well known for such films as Wizards (1977), The Lord of the Rings (1978), American Pop (1981) and Fire and Ice (1983).
Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film written, directed and produced by Ralph Bakshi (Bakshi Productions) and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures

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In 1987, Bakshi returned to television work, producing the series Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, which ran for two years.
Produced by Bakshi-Hyde Ventures (a joint venture of animator Ralph Bakshi and producer John W. Hyde) and Terrytoons, it aired on CBS on Saturday mornings from fall 1987 through the 1988–89 season.

Cool World

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After a nine-year hiatus from feature films, he directed Cool World (1992), which was largely rewritten during production and received poor reviews.
Cool World is a 1992 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Ralph Bakshi, and starring Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne and Brad Pitt.

Fire and Ice (1983 film)

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He is well known for such films as Wizards (1977), The Lord of the Rings (1978), American Pop (1981) and Fire and Ice (1983).
Fire and Ice is a 1983 American epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Ralph Bakshi.

Cool and the Crazy

Bakshi returned to television with the live-action film Cool and the Crazy (1994) and the anthology series Spicy City (1997).
Cool and the Crazy is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi and starring Jared Leto and Alicia Silverstone.

American Pop

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He is well known for such films as Wizards (1977), The Lord of the Rings (1978), American Pop (1981) and Fire and Ice (1983).
American Pop is a 1981 American adult animated musical drama film starring Ron Thompson and produced and directed by Ralph Bakshi.

Spicy City

Bakshi returned to television with the live-action film Cool and the Crazy (1994) and the anthology series Spicy City (1997).
Spicy City is an animated television series which was created by Ralph Bakshi for HBO.

Independent animation

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In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions.
In the late 1960s, animator Ralph Bakshi and producer Steve Krantz founded Bakshi Productions, establishing the studio as an alternative to mainstream animation by producing animation his own way and accelerating the advancement of female and minority animators.

Adult animation

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In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions.
By the late-1960s, animator Ralph Bakshi felt that he could not continue to produce the same kind of animation as he had in the past.

The Mighty Heroes

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As Fred Silverman, CBS's daytime programming chief, began to leave the office, an unprepared Bakshi pitched a superhero parody called The Mighty Heroes.
The Mighty Heroes was an animated television series created by Ralph Bakshi for the Terrytoons company.

Heavy Traffic

He soon developed Heavy Traffic, a tale of inner-city street life.
Heavy Traffic is a 1973 American adult animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi.

Deputy Dawg

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In 1959, he moved his desk to join the rest of the animators; after asking Rasinski for material to animate, he received layouts of two scenes: a hat floating on water and a running Deputy Dawg, the lead character of a Terrytoons' series then being shown on CBS.
The show was produced by CBS and was the professional animation debut of Ralph Bakshi (as inbetweener) of adult animation fame.

Vaughn Bodē

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Artist Vaughn Bodē warned Bakshi against working with Crumb, describing him as "slick".
A contemporary of Ralph Bakshi, Bodē has been credited as an influence on Bakshi's animated films Wizards and The Lord of the Rings.

Steve Krantz

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Through producer Steve Krantz, Bakshi made his debut feature film, Fritz the Cat, released in 1972. Hampft suggested that Bakshi work with producer Steve Krantz, who had recently fired Culhane as supervising director on the Canadian science fiction series Rocket Robin Hood.
After firing Shamus Culhane from the animator's supervising director job on Rocket Robin Hood, director Ralph Bakshi and background artist Johnnie Vita were brought to Toronto, not knowing that Krantz and producer Al Guest were in the middle of a lawsuit.

Fritz the Cat (soundtrack)

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Despite receiving financing from other sources, including Saul Zaentz (who agreed to distribute the soundtrack album on his Fantasy Records label), the budget was tight enough to exclude pencil tests, so Bakshi had to test the animation by flipping an animator's drawings in his hand before they were inked and painted.
The Fritz the Cat OST is the 1972 soundtrack album to the Ralph Bakshi directed animated film of the same name.

Thomas Jefferson High School (Brooklyn)

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While attending Thomas Jefferson High School, he took little interest in academics, spending most of his time focusing on "broads, mouthing off, and doodling".

Rocket Robin Hood

Hampft suggested that Bakshi work with producer Steve Krantz, who had recently fired Culhane as supervising director on the Canadian science fiction series Rocket Robin Hood.
Background designer Richard H. Thomas joined the group late in the second season and brought a dark, almost psychedelic feel to the production under Associate Producer for Krantz Films Ralph Bakshi, who would later become a well known animation producer and would be responsible for, among other series, the animated film versions of Fritz the Cat and The Lord of the Rings.

Spider-Man (1967 TV series)

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The studio began work on Rocket Robin Hood, and later took over the Spider-Man television series.
Seasons two and three, produced by Ralph Bakshi, almost entirely eliminated villains from the comic book as a cost-cutting measure in favor of generic, green-skinned, magical monsters; this enabled the reuse of stock footage from Rocket Robin Hood, another animated series produced by Bakshi.

High School of Art and Design

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Believing Bakshi was unlikely to prosper at Thomas Jefferson, the principal transferred him to Manhattan's School of Industrial Art.

Famous Studios

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He moved to the animation division of Paramount Pictures in 1967 and started his own studio, Bakshi Productions, in 1968.
However, when Paramount's board of directors rejected a proposal to produce episodes for a second Grantray-Lawrence series, Spider-Man, Culhane quit the studio, and was succeeded by former Terrytoons animator Ralph Bakshi in mid-1967.

Coonskin (film)

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During editing, the title was changed to Coonskin No More..., and finally to Coonskin.
Coonskin is a 1975 American live action/animated crime film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi, about an African American rabbit, fox, and bear who rise to the top of the organized crime racket in Harlem, encountering corrupt law enforcement, con artists, and the Mafia.

Hey Good Lookin' (film)

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Hey Good Lookin' is set in Brooklyn during the 1950s; its lead characters are Vinnie, the leader of a gang named "The Stompers", his friend Crazy Shapiro and their girlfriends, Roz and Eva.
Hey Good Lookin is a 1982 American adult animated coming of age comedy film written, directed, and produced by Ralph Bakshi.

Brownsville, Brooklyn

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In 1939, his family immigrated to New York City, and he grew up in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.