“When a gun fired in a Bakshi cartoon, blood resulted. And death. It was real. It scared Disney and Warner, and no wonder. No Bakshi? No Simpsons. No New Adventures of Mighty Mouse? No Ren and Stimpy. Or Adult Swim. Or Clone Wars. Certainly no ultra violent sexy robot anime. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings owes much of it’s look – sometimes shot-for-shot – to Bakshi’s 1978 version. You can see Bakshi’s influence on filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee, and visual artists like Chris McDonnell and James Jean, Bakshi’s students at SVA, David Choe, Arik Roper, and Alan Forbes.
On acetate or canvas, Bakshi veers between hyper-political and hyper-personal.”
- Excerpt from Richard Simon’s interview with Ralph Bakshi in this month’s Juxtapoz.
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Ralph Bakshi is an alternative-animation pioneer. His controversial work
Amazing Black Book Interview
Hiya Bakshi Blog Readers,
So, the book is on the way next year. That may start to get the ball rolling on other projects as well. Bakshi is still busily painting away in his studio. (just the way he likes it)
I did this interview with Ralph back in March and since then he has also said some things related to his thoughts in this interview in two opinion posts at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive blog. HERE, and HERE
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Here’s the interview.
(questions quoted from ralphbakshi.com/forum/ as well as www.myspace.com/ralphbakshi)
Interview #10 Conducted 3/14/07 ~ 12:00 PM
Question from kurtamayaguy -
Does Ralph have any comments regarding sketching characters on a Tablet computer using sketch software like Alias Sketch, Mirage, or whatever ..vs… doing it the good old pencil/paper way?
Once you get used to it, you get used to it. I’m used to the old fashioned way. The good old fashioned way has proven itself. There’s a difference drawing on tablets. You’d have to know if it was the right method for you. It really doesn’t matter how you get it on the screen as long as you like the results. It’s always a question of personal taste. I would find it hard to use a tablet as I’m used to paper. People who start with tablets, that like what they see, that is what they should do. Paper has a standing, over the history of animation. Paper did ok, now can tablets?
Question from chbrubaker -
I’ve heard rumors that you did the opening for the US version of “8th Man.” Is this true?
Question from Mike -
What are Ralph Bakshi’s favourite novels? The ones that most influenced him? And what books did he enjoy when he was in his teens?
On the Road… Before that A Stone for Danny Fisher… The Amboy Dukes, about the streets of Brooklyn. Very obscure book. You asked me a question; I’m giving you very obscure answers. (laughs)
Question from time4akshun -
Would love a best guess as to what voices Bakshi himself actually did in his several animated films. I heard him alot in Coonskin (Simple Savior, Zingarelli Looking Cop) and in Heavy Traffic (Lingerie Factory scene) but would love a definitive answer of voiceovers he has personally done in his animated films. Or at least as best as he can remember!
Bakshi’s ASIFA-Hollywood CGI Post II
Bakshi’s ASIFA-Hollywood CGI Post I
A thank you to ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Archive and Steve Worth for his efforts to get Ralph Bakshi to the people.
Also, if you haven’t seen it check out some great doodles by Bakshi:
Bakshi Phone Doodles
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Welcome to the new home of the Ralph Bakshi Message Board Exclusive Interview Sessions
These have been on the back burner for awhile, but it’s time to bring you all the interviews I’ve been hording and get some new questions from everyone.
Interview #9 Conducted 2/8/07 ~ 12:00 PM
What’s the last thing you saw, read or heard that really inspired you?
(laughter) Oh fuck. Trick question. We’ll have to come back to that one.
(skip to sometime into the interview when I posed the first question again)
Animation on television is incredible. I went back and watched Steamboy again, after we talked about it last time. I don’t believe some of the great scenes in there. What they’re doing in animation today is amazing. I don’t know if it’s inspiring or awesome or just overdone. What the tech has allowed is quite extraordinary, beyond my wildest dreams.
My God. I mean Fantasia was the height of technology in my day. Look what’s going on now.
Pretty much. There’s nothing that turns me on to the degree when I was younger. Things seem messier.
Also, very much into what’s happening to this country in the Iraq war. We’re not taking care of any other business right now. War seems to have a strange effect on people that way.
Actually I sent out a bulletin on your MySpace page with the title “Something to think about,” which was a video related to the damage that’s occurring in Iraq, and highlighting many of the suicide bomber’s victims. I received quite a few responses that were saying thanks for the message and that people had been thinking about the realities of war due to the bulletin.
I received one message however that said, “It makes me think about how the towel heads are getting what they deserve.” It blew me away and was entirely unexpected. I guess I just assumed that people who like your films would understand the intent of the bulletin. I didn’t respond, because I was speaking for you and the site, and I try to stay mostly away from politics, religion and personal opinion.
Anytime you get into politics you get some interesting people commenting.
When I made Coonskin I had a bunch of southern racists that thought I was their friend. I picked up all these rightwing idiots who didn’t understand the messages in the film. You never know what’s coming over the wire. Expect everything.
(rewind to an earlier portion of the interview)
Any chance we’ll see DVD’s for New Adventures of Mighty Mouse or Tattertown?
Tattertown should definitely have a DVD sometime. We’ve got Rizzoli publishing the Art of Ralph Bakshi going. The deal was set today and yesterday. I finally let’em know that I was part of the book. (laughs)
Question from dnvillalpando -
I’ve heard that you had a falling-out with Saul Zaentz. Is that true? If so, what happened? If not, do you keep in contact at all, being that you were both so instrumental to each other’s early successes?
Pass on that one.
Question from HunterRose -
Have you ever thought of doing a comic book/graphic novel series not connected to any of your movies?
Yes. I’ve been drawing one. Maybe a couple pages on it so far. It’s called Bayridge Blues. It’s about the misfits that run around Brooklyn. It’s in pure comic format. All the misfits. People who haven’t a clue about what’s real. Us looking in on them, we don