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Ralph Bakshi

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Ralph Bakshi

American director of animated and live-action films add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1938.

Countries: United States (53%), United Kingdom (20%), (15%)

Main connections: CBS, Paramount Pictures, Kickstarter

Linked to: Motion Picture Association of America, Hanna-Barbera, American Family Association, Bryanston Distributing Company




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Ralph Bakshi was born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, British Mandate of Palestine , as a Krymchak Jew. In 1939, his family immigrated to New York to escape World War II, and he grew up in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn add something


In the spring of 1947, Bakshi's father and uncle traveled to Washington, D.C., in search of business opportunities, and soon moved the family to the black neighborhood of Foggy Bottom add something


"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. Vinnie and Crazy Shapiro were based on Bakshi's high school friends Norman Darrer and Allen Schechterman add something


While researching the rights, he learned that CBS had acquired the entire Terrytoons library in 1955 and forgotten about it add something


In June 1956, Bakshi graduated from the school with an award in cartooning add something


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 Deputy Dawg, the lead character of one of Terrytoons' syndicated television series, running add something


During this time he completed the screenplay for "If I Catch Her, I'll Kill Her", a live-action feature he had been developing since the late 1960s add something


Bakshi received a pay raise, but was not as satisfied with his career advancement as he had anticipated; Rasinski had died in 1965, Bakshi did not have creative control over "The Mighty Heroes", and he was unhappy with the quality of the animation, writing, timing and voice acting add something


Salinger had rejected previous offers to adapt the novel, and had not made a public appearance since 1965 or granted an interview since 1980 add something


In 1966, Bill Weiss asked Bakshi to help him carry presentation boards to Manhattan for a meeting with CBS. The network executives rejected all of Weiss's proposals as "too sophisticated", "too corny", or "too old-timey" add something


It would appear as a segment of "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" on the network's 1966-67 Saturday morning schedule; the series was renamed "Mighty Mouse and the Mighty Heroes" in recognition of the new segment add something


He described the disappointing result as a "typical 1967 limited-animation theatrical" add something


He moved to the animation division of Paramount Pictures in 1967 and started his own studio, Bakshi Productions, in 1968 add something


In 1967, he drew up presentation pieces for a fantasy series called "Tee-Witt", with help from Anzilotti, Johnnie Zago and Bill Foucht add something


Bakshi served as head of the studio for eight months before Paramount closed its animation division on December 1, 1967 add something


Eddie Lawrence - Ultimately, however, defining changes in the financing and distribution of mass-produced short subjects, meant that neither Eddie Lawrence nor another creative talent at the studio, Ralph Bakshi could stave off the demise of the theatrical cartoon, as Famous Studios closed its doors in 1967


In 1969, Ralph's Spot was founded as a division of Bakshi Productions to produce commercials for Coca-Cola and "Max, the 2000-Year-Old Mouse", a series of educational shorts paid for by Encyclopædia Britannica add something


In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions add something


United Artists and Paramount Pictures each paid Bakshi to develop the film in the 1970s, but were unwilling to produce it, as were the studios he pitched the film to in the 1980s add something


His second child, Preston, was born in June 1970 add something


In May 1971, Bakshi moved his studio to Los Angeles to hire additional animators add something


Between 1972 and 1992, he directed nine theatrically released feature films, five of which he wrote add something


The first of these poems was "Street Arabs", which preceded the production of "Heavy Traffic" in 1972 add something


Through producer Steve Krantz, Bakshi made his debut feature film, "Fritz the Cat", released in 1972 add something


"Fritz the Cat" was released on April 12, 1972, opening in Hollywood and Washington, D.C. A major hit, it became the most successful independent animated feature of all time add something


The End (Beatles song) - In Ralph Bakshi's 1972 film "Fritz the Cat", Fritz quotes the line "the love you give is equal to the love you get" when deciding not to plant a bomb in a nuclear power plant and rejecting violent revolutionary politics


In 1973, Bakshi and Ruddy began production on "Harlem Nights", which Paramount was originally contracted to distribute add something


Vincent Canby of "The New York Times" ranked "Heavy Traffic" among his "Ten Best Films of 1973" add something


A three-minute promo of this version was screened at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival, and the film was scheduled for a Christmas 1975 release, but was moved to the summers of 1976 and later 1977, before ultimately being postponed indefinitely add something


Bryanston Distributing Company - The company courted controversy in 1975 with Ralph Bakshi's racially-tinged "Coonskin


In 1976, Bakshi pitched "War Wizards" to 20th Century Fox add something


In late 1976, Bakshi learned that John Boorman was contracted to direct an adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings", in which J. R. R. Tolkien's three-volume novel would be condensed into a single film add something


Though CBS passed on "Tee-Witt", its designs served as the basis for Bakshi's 1977 film "Wizards" add something


Mark Hamill - He previously did voice acting work in the Ralph Bakshi film "Wizards", where he played "Sean, leader of the Knights of Stardust", which was released on the same weekend as "Star Wars" in 1977


Viewing "The Lord of the Rings" as a holiday film, United Artists pressured Bakshi to complete it on schedule for its intended November 15, 1978, release add something


The Lord of the Rings (film series) - Director Peter Jackson first came into contact with "The Lord of the Rings" when he saw Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated film "The Lord of the Rings"


John Hurt - In 1978, he featured in Ralph Bakshi's animated film of "Lord of the Rings", playing the voice of Aragorn


Philip Stone - In the 1978 Ralph Bakshi's animated film "The Lord of the Rings", he voiced the role of Théoden


The Two Towers - Some of the events of "The Two Towers" along with "The Fellowship of Ring" were depicted in the 1978 film of "J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings", directed by Ralph Bakshi


Cinequest Film Festival - He has received several awards for his work, including the 1980 Golden Gryphon for "The Lord of the Rings" at the Giffoni Film Festival, the 1988 Annie award for Distinguished Contribution to the Art of Animation, and the 2003 Maverick Tribute award at the Cinequest Film Festival add something


Giffoni Film Festival - "The Lord of the Rings" won the Golden Gryphon at the 1980 Giffoni Film Festival add something


Frank Frazetta - In the early 1980s, Frazetta worked with producer Ralph Bakshi on the feature "Fire and Ice", released in 1983


Released on February 12, 1981, the film was a financial success add something


By 1982, fantasy films such as "The Beastmaster" and "Conan the Barbarian" had proven successful at the box office, and Bakshi wanted to work with his long-time friend, the fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta add something


He turned down offers to direct Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep-" He passed the latter to Ridley Scott, who adapted it into the 1982 film "Blade Runner" add something


" opened in New York City on October 1, 1982, and was released in Los Angeles in January 1983 add something


In 1985, he received a phone call from The Rolling Stones' manager, Tony King, who told Bakshi that the band had recorded a cover of Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle", and wanted Bakshi to direct the music video add something


In April 1987, Bakshi set up a meeting with Judy Price, the head of CBS's Saturday morning block add something


The episode aired on October 31, 1987, without controversy add something


In 1988, Bakshi received an Annie award for "Distinguished Contribution to the Art of Animation" add something


On June 6, 1988, Donald Wildmon, head of the American Family Association , alleged that "The Littlest Tramp" depicted cocaine use, instigating a media frenzy add something


The series was scrapped, and the completed pilot aired as a special, "Christmas in Tattertown", in December 1988 add something


In 1990, Bakshi pitched "Cool World" to Paramount Pictures as a partially animated horror film add something


Thompson Twins - In 1992, the Thompson Twins contributed the song "Play With Me" to the soundtrack of the Ralph Bakshi film "Cool World"; Bailey alone contributed a second track, "Industry and Seduction"


In 1993, Lou Arkoff, the son of Samuel Z. Arkoff, approached Bakshi to write and direct a low-budget live-action feature for Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series add something


The picture, which aired September 16, 1994, starred Jared Leto, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Blanc and Matthew Flint add something


During the 2000s, he has focused largely on painting add something


In 2000, he began teaching an undergraduate animation class at New York's School of Visual Arts add something


In September 2002, Bakshi, Liz and their dogs moved to New Mexico, where he became more productive than ever in his painting add something


He founded the Bakshi School of Animation and Cartooning in 2003 add something


In 2003, Bakshi received a Maverick Tribute award at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival add something


In 2003, he appeared as a guest on John Kricfalusi's "Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" add something


The Online Film Critics Society released a list of the "Top 100 Animated Features of All Time" in March 2003 that included four of Bakshi's films: "Fritz the Cat", "The Lord of the Rings", "Coonskin" and "Fire and Ice" add something


"Fritz the Cat" was ranked number 56 in the 2004 poll conducted by Britain's Channel 4 for its documentary "The 100 Greatest Cartoons" add something


In September 2008, Main Street Pictures announced that it would collaborate with Bakshi on a sequel to "Wizards" add something


As of 2009, it is run by Jess Gorell with Edward Bakshi, his son add something


In 2012, Bakshi began producing the short film series "Bakshi Blues" add something


Actor Matthew Modine was cast in the film in February 2013 after Modine, a longtime Bakshi fan, came across the film's Kickstarter campaign online add something


In February 2013, Bakshi launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to obtain funding for his latest film "Last Days of Coney Island" add something


Matthew Modine - In February 2013, Modine was cast in the Ralph Bakshi animated film "Last Days of Coney Island" after coming across the film's Kickstarter campaign online


In January 2014 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, there was a special screening of Bakshi's film "American Pop" with actors Ron Thompson and Mews Small in attendance, it was the first time lead actor Ron Thompson had ever introduced the film before a live audience add something


On January 12, 2014 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, there was a special screening of Bakshi's film "American Pop" with actors Ron Thompson and Mews Small in attendance, it was the first time lead actor Ron Thompson had ever introduced the film before a live audience add something


At the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California on March 27, 2015, there was a screening of "Heavy Traffic" and "American Pop" with Ralph Bakshi, Ron Thompson and Mews Small attending add something


Bakshi released the film for free on YouTube on 13 October 2016 add something