Ralph Bakshi Interviewed in “BOMB”

Just found out about this great interview with Ralph Bakshi that appeared in BOMB magazine. It’s available to read on-line. Smart questions throughout, like:

Morgan Miller: You seem very attracted to garbage! The Billie Holiday music montage sequence in Fritz the Cat when the camera pans slowly across a trash heap in an abandoned lot in Harlem… at first you see broken bottles, syringes, and then it becomes more personal⎯old photos, then entire old photo albums, people’s memories just sitting in the trash. Later, garbage becomes the introduction of Hey, Good Lookin’ where personified pieces of garbage talk to each other about life after death. Even when you moved into the fantasy realm in Wizards, you maintain bleak futuristic worlds built on garbage, where things are rediscovered, like the Nazi remnants that are in that film. It occurs to me that it’s a metaphor for mortality, but not just that; maybe also a metaphor for what a generation throws away and what might be discovered by the next. Or what might just be forgotten.

Ralph Bakshi: I like that, Miller! I’m dead serious about this: who we are, who we used to be, what we’ve been through, what we’ve become⎯it’s very important. We’re all part of a long trail. The scene in Heavy Traffic where the mother is walking through the photographs looking at her uncles⎯my family’s up there. My ancestors. Faded walls, old wood, old paint⎯every fleck of paint is another story, not to be discarded. Stuff like Kindle is so cold. It’s great for reading I guess, but texture and being able to touch stuff is so important. The past is to be learned from and to respect. Too much of it is thrown away out of shallowness or for things that are new and cheap. That’s the thing about this country: money became God. It doesn’t matter how you get it. It’s the reason for lying, cheating, and stealing. In Hey, Good Lookin’, this poor garbage thinks it’s going to go speak to God, but it’s just going into an incinerator. You know what I’m saying?

The interviewer, Morgan Miller, is also a filmmaker. Here’s his delightfully NSFW Vacuum Attraction:


  • http://asteriskpix.blogspot.com Richard O’Connor

    Morgan Miller’s stuff is hilarious, and Bakshi as always is worth listening to.

  • http://www.comicrazys.com Chris (ComiCrazys)

    Wow! What a coincidence! This weekend I put together captures of the sequence from Heavy Traffic of the garbage heap that becomes the Earth Mother to the denizens of the future. It’s going to be posted tomorrow on my ComiCrazys blog.

    Aw, I’ll just post it now, since it seems so fitting to this post. Enjoy.

  • http://www.robothandfilms.com Brian

    Congrats Morgan! This is a great read and Morgan is a great talent. His other work can be viewed on youtube featuring his character Jeff Twiller.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    Re:
    –That’s the thing about this country: money became God. It doesn’t matter how you get it. It’s the reason for lying, cheating, and stealing–

    It’s odd to hear Bakshi say that, considering what Crumb and others allege about past business deals. I’m a fan anyway, especially of the HEAVY TRAFFIC era.

  • Demetre

    Awesoma Powa!

  • http://fluidtoons.com Brett W. Thompson

    Fantastic interview and I’ve been a fan of Morgan’s work since we showed “Vacuum Attraction” at Animation Attack. Great job Morgan!!! Thanks for posting this, Amid!! :)

  • http://www.okamstudio.com Martina

    Here is a interview with Ralph we made some time ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/OKAMSTUDIO#p/u/1/sQ_JF5lmwW0

    The man is a legend.

    Martina.