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‘The Animation of Ralph Bakshi’ at BAM

Drawing from Brooklyn: Ralph Bakshi is still making films about his home borough

By Max Jaeger - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Hold on!: Shorty is one of the many flawed characters inhabiting Bakshi’s upcoming “Last Days of Coney Island.”  Photo © Ralph Bakshi

Hold on!: Shorty is one of the many flawed characters inhabiting Bakshi’s upcoming “Last Days of Coney Island.” Photo © Ralph Bakshi


Brooklyn is about to get a little more animated.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is screening a series of films by Brooklyn-raised animator Ralph Bakshi from May 9–20. The groundbreaking filmmaker is credited with creating the first X-rated cartoon (1975’s “Fritz the Cat”) and bringing independent animation into the mainstream.

But the seven films showing at BAM will not be a definitive collection of Bakshi’s works — the 75-year-old director is currently working on an animated noir called “The Last Days of Coney Island.” Bakshi said the flick will be the ultimate expression of his style, which he likened to a scratchy record.

“Old blues is what I animate,” said Bakshi. “In fact, I’ve gotten rougher than before — I’ve learned some things since my last project.”

Back in Brooklyn: Ralph Bakshi channels his experiences growing up in Brownsville into his animation.  Photo © Ralph Bakshi

Back in Brooklyn: Ralph Bakshi channels his experiences growing up in Brownsville into his animation. Photo © Ralph Bakshi

The film will give viewers a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the People’s Playground in the 1960s — a setting inhabited by prostitutes, gangsters, and the men who chase them. But it is not a detective flick, Bakshi explained

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