Ralph Bakshi

Mostly Credited As: Ralph Bakshi
Date Of Birth: October 29, 1938 (Age 77)
Country Of Birth: Israel
Birth Place: Haifa, Palestine [now Israel]
Height: 6' 3" (1.9 m)

Ralph Bakshi

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Spicy City (1997) 
  Mano's Hands 01x02: (Jul/18/1997) Voiced  Stevie 
  Mano's Hands 01x02: (Jul/18/1997) Voiced  Stevie 
  Love is a Download 01x01: (Jul/11/1997) Voiced  Connelly 
  Love is a Download 01x01: (Jul/11/1997) Voiced  Connelly 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

The Marvel Superheroes (1966)• Voice Director
• Producer
• Script Editor
Spicy City (1997)• Creator
• Executive Producer
Spider-Man (1967) (1967)• Executive Producer
The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1987)• Supervising Director
• Producer
• Story Director
The Mighty Heroes (1966)• Creator

Episode Crew

Spicy City (1997) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
Sex Drive 01x05 Aug/15/1997 As: Director
Mano's Hands 01x02 Jul/18/1997 As: Director
Spider-Man (1967) (1967) (Credited in 17 episodes from this show) 
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To Cage a Spider 02x19 Jan/18/1969 As: Director
Cold Storage 02x18 Jan/11/1969 As: Director
Spiderman Meets Skyboy 02x17 Jan/04/1969 As: Director
Thunder Rumble 02x16 Dec/28/1968 As: Director
Blotto 02x15 Dec/21/1968 As: Director
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His personal favorite film project of his was "Heavy Traffic" which not only allowed him the most creative control and was the most critically acclaimed, but was heavily autobiographical.

He actually wanted to make "Heavy Traffic" first, but he wasn't allowed such license until he had established himself as a professional filmmaker with a first major film success. They suggested he adapt a project and being such a fan of the work of Robert Crumb, he adapted "Fritz The Cat." It was the most work from Crumb that was like Bakshi's own.

He often has voice-over cameos in his movies.

The late comedian Richard Pryor, film directors Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino and Wu Tang Clan are credited as fans of Bakshi's 1975 film "Coonskin."

He greatly dislikes and is incredibly critical of the films of Don Bluth.

His least-favorite, in fact most hated film project was the disastrous 1992 film "Cool World" from Paramount. According to him, the movie went through numerous script changes without his consent. The original concept art that Ralph Bakshi used to pitch the film was significantly more disturbing than what ultimately ended up onscreen, and had character designs stylistically similar to those found in Frank Miller's "Sin City." Once Kim Basinger became attached, she and the studio became ambivalent about the kind of reaction the movie would generate, resulting in the studio deciding to "soften" the picture to a PG-rated dark comedy (though the ratings board ultimately gave it a PG-13). They attempted to make it into a very cheap and family-friendly "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." This whole thing was an enormous failure and Bakshi has virtually disowned it. Fans of Bakshi do not consider this one of his true films.

Quentin Tarantino himself says he prefers Bakshi's 1982 1950's era picture "Hey, Good Lookin' " to Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets."

When Bakshi himself and fellow co-producer and collaborator Steve Krantz asked Robert Crumb for permission to adapt his "Fritz The Cat" comics for their film, he flat-out refused. But the producers found out his wife had power-of-attorney and she agreed to the deal. Despite being a revolutionary film that was both a commercial and critical success, Crumb was disgusted with the film and what Fritz had become and had the character killed off in a later comic. Crumb thought that this would stop the further production of sequels to "Fritz the Cat." Ralph Bakshi, who had said all he had to say with the first "Fritz the Cat" movie, moved on to Heavy Traffic. Krantz, who wanted to continue to make money off of the character signed Robert Taylor to write and direct "The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat" for him.

After successfully making the animated sword-and-sorcery family-feature "Wizards," he was asked to film the cartoon adaptation of "Lord of The Rings." When the live-action version by Peter Jackson was made much later, he recalled being insulted that Jackson never contacted him to ask permission for doing his own version.

Of the many distinguished accolade honors Bakshi has received in his career, he's won the
Annie Award for "Distinguished Contribution to the Art of Animation," the Maverick Tribute Award from the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival and the Golden Gryphon for "The Lord of the Rings" (1978).

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