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Directed by Ralph Bakshi

United States 1972 78 mins.

As the first animated film to receive an X rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, Bakshi’s film courted controversy and enormous success around the world. Beyond its contentious content, the fracas extended to a very public disagreement between the filmmakers and cartoonist Robert Crumb over the imposition of serious themes on his original comic book creation. Despite all the furor, this dirty little film about a college-age cat on the prowl channels the spirit of the time in which it was set (the mid-1960s) and the moment in which it was produced (the post-Summer of Love comedown of the early 1970s).