Ralph Bakshi Beginning with Fritz the Cat, Ralph Bakshi took animated films out of the Disney dark ages and into the streets. Bakshi managed to create a sordid street level story about a cat living, working, tripping, and screwing in the Big Apple in the 1960s. It was a cartoon for adults, before Heavy Metal. Sadly the originator of the characters, Robert Crumb, felt thoroughly disappointed by the film. Constantly hustling to find money to make his films, Bakshi has still managed to try his hand at Lord of the Rings, and the decade spanning six degrees of musical separation movie, American Pop. He’s still working. Cool World?