Friday, April 22, 2005

Animator Ralph Bakshi Drawing Plans For A Comeback

SILVER CITY, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The animator behind cutting-edge cartoons like Fritz The Cat and The Lord Of The Rings is now drawing up plans for a comeback.

Ralph Bakshi – who quit animation in the late 1980s in part because of a cocaine controversy involving the Mighty Mouse cartoon character – is now working on his first animated film in 15 years, The Last Days Of Coney Island.

Bakshi says animation is finally open to dealing with adult themes but he doesn’t “like what has happened to hand- drawn animation in the last few years, where you have brilliant artists working on lame projects.”

He’s also going back to the drawing board because he’s seeing revived interest in his animated work, which sells very well on DVD, and he’s received new offers to do films by the members of the rap group The Wu-Tang Clan.

Besides working on The Last Days Of Coney Island, Bakshi will be honored with a retrospective at the American Cinematheque museum in Hollywood on April 29 through May 1.

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