Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
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Fri, Mar 27, 2015 - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
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ROGUE ANIMATOR: AN IN-PERSON TRIBUTE TO RALPH BAKSHI
Presented by the American Cinematheque in conjunction with the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Blasted into public consciousness - and controversy - by the first X-rated cartoon, FRITZ THE CAT, legendary writer-director-producer Ralph Bakshi’s career in animation spans an astounding 50 years. He started as a cel polisher at Terrytoons Animation Studio, and rose to the rank of creative director by the age of 28. That led to headlining directorial gigs for decades to come: theatricals for Paramount; translating Spider-Man from comic book panels to the small screen; opening his own production house, Ralph’s Spot, for shorts and commercials; and eventually colliding head-on with the world of features.

Bakshi channeled the freewheeling spirit of underground comics in such films as HEAVY TRAFFIC and COONSKIN, battling controversy to open the doors to cartoons with adult situations. He tapped further into the zeitgeist with WIZARDS and THE LORD OF THE RINGS, catching the mid-’70s wave of interest in sci-fi and fantasy that broke with STAR WARS. Bakshi’s work was adventurous visually as well as thematically; RINGS and AMERICAN POP are landmarks of rotoscoping, a type of animation where live-action footage is traced onto cels.

While these features solidified Bakshi’s stake in animation history, he has never been content to rest on his laurels. He re-invented Saturday morning cartoons with “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse,” a show that proved to be a precursor for irreverent fare such as “The Ren & Stimpy Show.” And in the latest turn to a brilliant career, Bakshi has taken up the paintbrush; his work can be viewed at www.ralphbakshi.com.

See a one page digital flyer for this series.

Series compiled by Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger.

We are thrilled to welcome Ralph Bakshi to the Aero Theatre for this two-night series!
Aero TheatreFri, Mar 27, 2015 - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Ralph Bakshi In Person!
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Ralph Bakshi In Person!
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre