Oh, I'll def have to look for Mighty Mouse, beatnik! Thanks for the FYI. And good to see some positive comment on Hey Good Lookin as wellpsychotronicbeatnik on Apr 17 2018, 01:56:41 PM wrote:I like Bakshi's style a lot without being a huge fan of any of his films - my favorite may be Wizards - it's certainly the one I have watched the most. Of his urban ones I might say Hey Good Lookin' is the best - although it's been a long time since I have seen most of these. They are all fun and very watchable.peeptoad on Apr 16 2018, 12:29:26 PM wrote:solsol on Apr 16 2018, 09:43:16 AM wrote:Just finished Heavy Traffic. It's also pretty good and I would probably give it a slight edge over Coonskin to become my new favourite Bakshi film. It is technically far less accomplished than Coonskin and therefore might be better watched first. Oh, there are still occasional innovative moments in which Bakshi plasters his characters against live action scenes, but they are mostly plastered against still photos, which is not nearly as interesting. Heavy Traffic comes with some cool creative process elements though (the protagonist is a cartoonist) and less of the jokes backfire since less of them are racially themed in Heavy Traffic. Still, I'd recommend both films - and I am ambivalent towards everything else I have seen from Bakshi.
Hopefully I can get to those two flicks soon and also Hey Good Lookin, which is the other of his I haven't seen yet. Fire & Ice is my most-enjoyed Bakshi by a fairly wide margin. Having seen it in the theater in middle school and also being a big Frazetta fan helps my fondness for it. I get you on your ambivalence though since, aside from that one, I am just on the upside from middling (i.e. 5-7/10 range)on most of his other fare.
But, Bakshi's greatest accomplishment - or at least my favorite of all his works - is his revision of Mighty Mouse from the late 80s. One of the funniest Saturday morning cartoons of all time with lots of the subversive material that one expects from Bakshi, only somewhat more hidden than usual because, hey, it's for kids! Christmas in Tattertown - a short he did around the same time is also worth seeking out.
I've seen Wizards several times also; that and F&I are my two most rewatched Bakshis. I recently rewatched his LOTR also and I agree with you on Bakshi's style being a standout. It's certainly one of his strengths imho . Shame he couldn't get the funding and/or studio support to make the finale on LOTR (or so I've heard).