Coonskin

1975

Action / Animation / Comedy / Crime / Drama

44
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1985

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Cast

Al Lewis as The Godfather
Scatman Crothers as Pappy / Old Man Bone
Philip Michael Thomas as Randy / Brother Rabbit
Ralph Bakshi as Cop with megaphone
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Irishmoviereviewer 1 / 10

Absouletely stupid so it is!

Man, I wish I could give this movie a 0 because it's just so chronic! The animation was pure rubbish and by god, I hadn't a clue on what every character was saying. The story and its theme are just so poor. I don't care about the bad language but less words on using "Ni**a" all the time and more concentration on what the hell is going on!

Even the music at the beginning, it made my ears bleed.

That was not even a song from Scatman Crothers, it was more like a bad record player needing to be dusted because it hadn't been cleaned for a while!

I swear, avoid watching this at all costs!

Reviewed by ruzhu 3 / 10

Simply Anti-White

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Coonskin is less about advancing the lives of blacks than it is about promoting reverse racism against whites. Don't believe me? Let's look at some examples.

1. The film starts out with two black men inside a car shooting a white police officer who just stopped them for speeding.

2. The implied leader of the Black Jesus revolution movement is a white accountant - HE'S the one taking advantage of the poor blacks.

3. The talk about how "killing crackers is cool."

4. Making slights of "white people's" music, dancing and dress at a fancy club.

5. And finally, depicting nearly all whites as the bad guys.

The white race is the scapegoat throughout Coonskin - the final source of the black characters' problems. Therefore, according to the film, black people have the right to flip off, yell at, mock, and do harm to white people at every turn. The black characters' racist Sambo caricatures are used to taunt the white audience, as if "clueless whitey" only sees black people as those caricatures. (I, however, don't find that kind of ironic racism clever, but instead as an excuse to draw offensive cartoons.)

There was one scene in the film that came remotely close to explaining the real underlying cause of problems in the black community, and that was the scene of the single Harlem mother with her child, whose husband left her for no good reason. The shame of not providing enough for your family does not excuse you from leaving your family, and leaving only makes them suffer more. But it's not necessarily discriminatory employment from the white man that renders the black father useless to his family - it's his apathy conditioned by generations of post-slavery wandering, and it leads to dysfunctional families with antisocial or even criminal family members. The welfare system also has played its part in splintering black families, and while I grant that it came into being by the hand of white politicians, a level of personal accountability does exist for everybody, and this film seems to be trying its best to exempt blacks from that.

In a cartoon feature, you can't expect to touch on serious issues while your characters are running around with big lips and bow ties. These kinds of exaggerated stereotypes are only meant to be "funny" - they have no business elsewhere. Don't watch this film for any actual constructional social critique or insight.

Reviewed by pebsdad 7 / 10

Still sticks most of its stereotype potshots 40 years later

Just seeing this 1975 blacksploitation film in 2016, it still holds up to its jab at stereotypes of black, whites, gays and, mostly, Disney's "Song of the South". It also isn't as pointed as many of the current late night comedians of the present day are about race and didn't make this honky feel like he needed to close his curtains while he watched it (like Boondocks does). I was surprised how tame it was...but loved the nods to Disney.

It uses a mix of (mostly)animation by the wonderful Bakshi as well as new footage to set a very loose story, as well as using vintage footage for backdrop and storytelling. It doesn't make much sense at times but will quickly move on to skewer another stereotype from the time and it is very entertaining throughout. Very bonus kudos to the fact that Barry White plays a main character, both in new footage and animation. It's surprising he turned down the South Park creators years later when clearly his tongue is in his cheek here.

Don't let the title scare you away...it's worth a look 40 years later.

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