The Cigarette and the Weed (unresurfaced animated Ralph Bakshi short; 1980s)

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Screenshot from the film.

Status: Lost

The Cigarette and the Weed is an early 1980s animated short film by legendary controversial animator Ralph Bakshi who is known for his animated projects such as the 1960's Terrytoons, Fritz the Cat, Coonskin, American Pop, Cool World, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures and his guest appearance on Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon. The Cigarette and the Weed served as Bakshi's attempt to have a cartoon shown before a motion picture in movie theaters.

The short is about three minutes long and tells the story of a weed growing on a street corner, and a discarded cigarette butt that rolls up to the weed. The two converse before the cigarette rolls into a puddle and is extinguished.[1]


While the short has been screened at multiple film festivals[2], it has yet to be publicly distributed in any way, officially or otherwise.