Ralph Bakshi

Animation director, Screenwriter, Producer
Ralph Bakshi sent shockwaves through the entertainment world as the enfant terrible of cartoons as he ushered a long-fluff-oriented children's medium into new platforms, audiences and cultural relevance. The ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1938 in Palestine

Filmography

Director (16)

Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures 1987 - 1989, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

World Premiere Toons 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Cool World 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Hound Town 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

The Butter Battle Book 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Imagining America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Tattertown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Fire and Ice 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Hey, Good Lookin' 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lord of the Rings 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Wizards 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Coonskin 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Heavy Traffic 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Fritz the Cat 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Cool and the Crazy (TV Show)

Director
Writer (8)

Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon 2002 (TV Show)

Creator

Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

Fire and Ice 1983 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Hey, Good Lookin' 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wizards 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Coonskin 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heavy Traffic 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fritz the Cat 1972 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))
Producer (5)

Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

Fire and Ice 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hey, Good Lookin' 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wizards 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Spicy City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

animation sequences (Animator)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Coonskin 1975 (Movie)

stills (Photography)

Biography

Ralph Bakshi sent shockwaves through the entertainment world as the enfant terrible of cartoons as he ushered a long-fluff-oriented children's medium into new platforms, audiences and cultural relevance. The Brooklyn born Bakshi established a career as an animator of children's cartoons, foremost among them the long-running "The Mighty Mouse Playhouse" (CBS, 1955-1967) and the original animated "Spider-man" (ABC, 1967-1970). Seeking to create a more personal vision reflective of the times, he translated Robert Crumb's underground comic into an adult-oriented feature film, "Fritz the Cat" (1972). A vulgarity-strewn funhouse mirror of American counterculture, "Fritz" drew moralist outrage, blazed new trails for the medium, and launched his sequence of daring, socially critical X-rated features, most notably "Heavy Traffic" (1973) and "Coonskin" (1975). Bakshi veered into fantasy fare with "Wizards" (1977), "Fire and Ice" (1983) and his unfulfilled vision of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. He took fire again upon a return to children's television when a Christian watchdog group took umbrage at an off-the-wall moment in his groundbreaking reboot "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures" (CBS, 1987-88). After the ill-received animation/live-action feature project, "Cool World" (1992) and a short-lived HBO series, "Spicy City" (1997), Bakshi mostly bowed out of screen work. Iconoclast-to-the-core and ever at odds with polite society, Bakshi's work transcended his critics' worst aspersions and ensconced him in the pantheon of animated entertainment alongside the likes of Walt Disney, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones.

Relationships

Elizabeth Bakshi

Wife
second wife

Victoria Bakshi

Daughter
mother, Elizabeth Bakshi

Eddie Bakshi

Son
mother, Elizabeth Bakshi

Mark Bakshi

Son
product of first marriage

Preston Bakshi

Son
mother, Elizabeth Bakshi

EDUCATION

High School of Industrial Arts

New York , New York
graduated

Thomas Jefferson High School

New York , New York

Milestones

1997

Creator and executive producer of short-lived animated HBO series, "Spicy City"

1994

Directed live-action "Cool and the Crazy" remake for Showtime's "Rebel Highway"

1992

Made notable return to filmmaking with "Cool World", which combined live-action and animation

1989

Produced and directed Dr Seuss' "The Butter Battle Book" (TNT); also executive produced and directed "Hound Town", an unsold NBC pilot

1989

Directed "This Ain't Bebop" (live-action) sement of PBS' "American Playhouse" production, "Imagining America"

1988

Created, produced and served as supervising director for Nickelodeon's "Tattertown" special, his first primetime TV effort; featured an animation style prevalent in the 1920s and 1930s

1984

Contributed animation sequences to "Canonball Run"

1983

Aimed at a younger audience with "Fire and Ice", featuring the graphic design of Frank Frazetta

1981

Produced and directed "American Pop", which followed 20th Century American music through pivotal characters in four generations

1975

Prompted some formal ethnic protests with "Coonskin", which dealt with the status of blacks in America

1973

Combined live-action and animation in "Heavy Traffic"; also rated X in its initial release; rating later downgraded to an R

1972

First animated feature, "Fritz the Cat"; received X rating for its sexually explicit content

1968

Formed own company with Steve Krantz

1966

Became director of Paramount cartoon department (until it shut down in 1967)

1965

Promoted to creative director for Terrytoons

1963

Directed (with others) episodes of "Casper and Friends" (syndicated)

1956

Following high school graduation, hired as cell painter for CBS Terrytoon Unit; became animator shortly after

Was producer and supervising director of "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse" (CBS)

Directed "Melvin & Malcom" and "Babe, He Calls Me" for the Cartoon Network's "World Premiere Toons"

Pioneered rotoscoping (tracing live-action figures to create a new realism in animation) in "Wizards" (1977) and "The Lord of the Rings" (1978), adapted from the Tolkien trilogy

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list October 29 as Mr. Bakshi's date of birth

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Despite his fame as an animator, Bakshi really wants to be known as an artist of the canvas type. "What I really want to do is paint pictures--that's the big secret. I've been doing it for 20 years." --From Cinefantattique, August 1997.

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"'Spicy City' is the same thing (as 'Fritz the Cat'). The stories are very political. They're about our problems without being overt about it. They're about what the future holds for us, good and bad. They're also about the changing of America, the burgeons of people, the great ethnic mix we are which I love. I go down to Houston Street all the time. Look what they did to Times Square, you want to shoot yourself." --Ralph Bakshi quoted in Cinefantattique, August 1997.

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