American Pop

Directed By: Ralph Bakshi Starring: Roz Kelly Frank DeKova

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SKU 217388480
UPC 014381684629
UPC 14 00014381684629
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Rating Rating
Cult Film
Family Interaction
Pop Groups
Pop Stars
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This sweeping epic of Americana follows four generations of angry young men and their music via the animation of director Ralph Bakshi. As the story begins, Russian immigrant song-and-dance man Louis fathers Benny, a jazz pianist who gets killed in WWII but not before fathering Tony, a sullen Brooklyn youth who runs off to San Francisco to write lyrics for a Jefferson Airplane-style acid rock band. Crippled by low self-esteem, Tony blows his chance at the big time and winds up a New York junkie in the 1970s, along with his illegitimate son, who later becomes a cocaine-dealing cartoon composite of Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Idol. Featuring music by everyone from Scott Joplin to Jimi Hendrix to Pat Benatar, this rambling feature is a powerfully moving experience thanks to its sheer bravado and endless supply of great music. Bakshi integrates his animation style of rotoscoping (tracing the animation from live film) with historical photos and film footage to tell the story of American popular music in a unique way that sets this ambitious picture into a class all its own.
Plot Summary
Summary In AMERICAN POP, cult animator Ralph Bakshi explores the evolution of popular music in America--from ragtime and swing to jazz fusion, stadium rock, and New Wave--through the story of a musical family who shares its legacy of talent through various generations. The exhaustive soundtrack includes artists such as George Gershwin, Louis Prima, Scott Joplin, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, the Doors, the Velvet Underground, and Jimi Hendrix.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I'm crazy in love with your blue eyes and your cornsilk hair. I'll never eat corn again without thinking about you--can corn, candy corn, popcorn, Cracker Jack. You're the prize in my box, and my box is this country, all tinfoil on the outside, corn and sweetness on the inside."--Tony (Ron Thompson), wooing the Kansas waitress who will become the future mother of his son, Kerouac-style
Variety "...Bakshi is an undoubtedly innovative and gifted filmmaker..." 02/11/1981
New York Times "...A dazzling display of talent, nerve, ideas (old and new), passion and a marvelously free sensibility....[Bakshi] is a talent that won't be stopped." 02/13/1981 p.C5
USA Today "...This near-unique movie compels repeat viewings..." 04/03/1998 p.2E
Ralph Bakshi
Roz Kelly
Frank DeKova
Cast & Crew
Roz Kelly - Star
Frank DeKova - Star
Richard Moll - Star
Lisa Jane Persky - Star
Ben Frommer - Star
Ralph Bakshi - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
UPC 00014381684629
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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