After his success with FRITZ THE CAT (1972), filmmaker Ralph Bakshi turned his talents toward human characters with this decidedly personal project. Filled with autobiographical resonance and razor-edged humor, this is a cynical portrait of one young man's coming of age. Set against actual
New York City backdrops, it follows an aspiring underground cartoonist and his travails with family, lovers, and the random chaos of urban life.
Michael is a 22-year-old artist, still living with his mismatched parents--Angie (Frank de Kova), his philandering Italian father, and Ida (Terri Haven), his long-suffering Jewish mom. Yet even when their arguments get violent (like m...