Heavy Traffic


1h 18m 1973

Brief Synopsis

An animated feature which begins, ends and occasionally combines with, live-action filmed on location. A white dropout struggles to create comics and animated films, drawing inspiration from the harsh, gritty world around him. Still sharing his run-down apartment with his middle-aged parents, an oafish slob of an Italian father and a ditzy nut-case of a Jewish mother, he is ridiculed and looked down upon by his friends, hypocrites who run with violent gangs and the Italian Mafia, and a shallow Black girl who makes her living downtown with the pimps and pushers. This cartoonist gets a chance to pitch a film idea to a movie mogul, but the story proves too outrageous: a far-future Earth, destroyed by war and pollution, where a mutant antihero challenges and kills God. Complications ensue when the cartoonist's parents react in irrational ways to his various involvements.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
1973

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Synopsis

Michael wants to make it as a big-time cartoonist, but first he'll have to contend with his Italian father, his Jewish mother, his black girlfriend and the characters that populate the gritty city streets. When he gets his big chance, will he buckle under the pressure?

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
1973

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1973

Film is a combination of animation and live action.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown in New York City (Film Forum) as part of program "Out of the Seventies: Hollywood's New Wave 1969-1975" May 31 - July 25, 1996.)

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1973