Ralph Bakshi Comes To Kickstarter!
February 19, 2013
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I have been a fan of Kickstarter for quite awhile now, and try to cover them whenever there is a project that catches my interest. In the past I have written about other Kickstarters like “Sullivan’s Sluggers,” and the relaunch of a crowd-funded version of Top Cow’s “Cyber Force.”
Well, here’s the next project that has me very, very interested. I learned about it from Aintitcool.com, and it comes from Ralph Bakshi, a storied animator who has tacked everything from “Spider-Man” to “Lord Of The Rings.”
Speaking of ’Spider-Man,’ it was probably one of the trippiest cartoons that I have ever seen, which probably isn’t a surprise since it was a child of the 60’s. I mean, this cartoon made no attempt to ground Spidey in any sort of realism. In fact, he tended to spend his web slinging where there were no buildings or tall structures, and the sky was often colored in tie-died tones.
It was awesome, and there’s never been anything quite like it since (Click on the ‘Old Cartoon Theme Songs’ button if you don’t see Spider-Man.)
The last thing I recall him doing was 1993’s “Cool World,” with Brad Pitt.
His latest effort is called “Last Days of Coney Island.”
It reminds me of some of Bakshi’s earlier projects, like “Fritz The Cat,” and “Wizards” visually, though I prefer his work when it mixes in more realistic animation, like with ‘Rings.’