New York‘s Vulture blog has a great, too-short interview with “Fritz the Cat” animator Ralph Bakshi (the subject of an exhibition at the Animazing Gallery running through the end of the month) that’s worthy of its own post.
On giving Thomas Kinkade his start as a background artist on “Fire and Ice”: “That son of a bitch! Kinkade was the coolest. If Kinkade wasn’t a painter, he’d be one of those cult leaders.”
On “Night Moves” being used at the end of “American Pop”: “‘ ‘Night Moves’ sucks! I was furious! It was all wrong. I had a brilliant song in mind, but they just wanted too much money. I forget what it was. I’ve blocked it out. If I remember, I’ll give you a call.’ [Ed. note: True to his word, Bakshi telephoned Vulture from a busy street corner less than an hour after our interview, and confessed that the song he originally had in mind was ‘Freebird.’]”
On the music in “Lord of the Rings”: “I hate Leonard Rosenman’s music in Lord of the Rings. I thought it was clichÃ©d. Gregorian chants — what else is new? I wanted Led Zeppelin because they were right for the film. The film would have been seen by every hippie in the country. I was one of them.”
[Photo: “Fire and Ice,” Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 1983]