Coonskin: The Anthropomorphic Mafia of Bakshi



Written and directed by Ralph Bakshi. The film references the Uncle Remus folk tales, and satirizes the blaxploitation film genre as well as Disney’s racially controversial film Song of the South, also adapted from the Uncle Remus folk tales. The film’s narrative concerns three anthropomorphic Uncle Remus characters, Br’er Rabbit (referred to as Brother Rabbit), Br’er Fox (referred to as Preacher Fox), and Br’er Bear (referred to as Brother Bear). They rise to the top of the organized crime racket in Harlem, encountering corrupt law enforcement, con artists, and the Mafia, in a satire of both racism within the Hollywood film system, and America itself.

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