Animating the Dark Side
One of the most distinct voices in animation during the 1970s and 1980s was Ralph Bakshi. Bakshi’s subjects ranged from petty gangsters and street life to wizards locked in mystical combat. He brought a unique – and decidedly adult – perspective to animation and his unconventional style (along with his frequent use of rotoscoping) makes his work immediately recognizable. Check out an insightful video essay and some trailers for his work below.