'Fritz the Cat' (1972) - This animated film by Ralph Bakshi had a budget of $700,000 and grossed $90 million worldwide. It currently holds 57% on RottenTomatoes with 5.4/10 average and 54/100 on Metacritic. It's the first animated film to be rated X.

  1. I have never heard of this film, but grossing $90M in 1972 is very impressive, and I’m not sure why I’ve never heard of it before.

  2. You might think that after decades of adult oriented cartoon shows like the Simpson and South Park this film would appear tame for today’s standards but some sequences are still quite shocking and some others would definitely not been green lighted today by any studio.

  3. Yup. This is the film that finally marked the era of animation competition for Disney, as the film became a huge financial success despite its rating, which would be NC-17 by today's rating. Now, I'm not entirely sure if there were any stigmas towards X-rating back then, but either way, this was a pretty impressive result. As of today, this film still retains its X-rating (at least based on my understandings).

  4. And keep in mind, this film is rated X even to this day, meaning that there was no way that people under 17 would've been able to see this legally.

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