Ralph Bakshi burst into American consciousness as the mad genius behind some gritty, grimy—some were derided as obscene—animated feature films: Fritz the Cat (1972), Heavy Traffic (1973), Coonskin (1975), American Pop (1981), and Hey Good Lookin’ (1982). He also made the all-ages Wizards (1977), Lord of the Rings (1978), and Fire and Ice (1983). Bakshi’s last animated feature film (technically only partly-animated), Cool World, came out in 1992. In the 22+ years since, he’s primarily made short films, many of them quite short. His most recent work, the two-minute anti-Mitt Romney piece “Trickle Dickle Down,” came out in 2012.
Bakshi fans have been looking forward to his latest, the 22-minute “Last Days of Coney Island,” for about a decade now; it will be available on demand through Vimeo on October 29.
Here’s the trailer, released last week: