Director Ralph Bakshi is launching his new animated film, “Last Days of Coney Island,” on Oct. 29 — his 77th birthday — with an exclusive release on Vimeo on Demand, Variety has learned exclusively.
The national release of “Last Days of Coney Island” follows a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $174,000 from 1,290 backers.
Bakshi created, directed and mostly animated the 22-minute movie, described as a mafia horror pic set in the 1960s in Coney Island with political overtones both realistic and outrageous, and a violent collage of characters, all striving to get somewhere.
Bakshi’s career includes directing the animated films “Fritz The Cat,” “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin,” “Wizards,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “American Pop” and “Fire and Ice,” and the TV series “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.” “Fritz the Cat” was the first animated film to be accepted at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Last Days of Coney Island” is produced by Edward Bakshi. The main characters are voiced by Omar Jones, Rick Singer, Tina Romanus, Esperanza Quintero and Robert Costanzo. Cost per rental is $5.
Bakshi also directed the 1989 live-action film “This Ain’t Bebop,” starring Harvey Keitel, and then created and helmed 1992’s “Cool World.” He returned to TV with the live-action film “Cool and the Crazy” (1994) and the anthology series “Spicy City” (1997). He has been mostly focused on painting in recent years.