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American Pop (1981)

Director: Ralph Bakshi     Starring: Roz Kelly Frank DeKova
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Format: DVD
Sku: 217388480
UPC: 014381684629
UPC 14: 00014381684629
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image/sphe
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/7/2010
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video UPC UPC: 00014381684629
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Roz Kelly
Video Cast Info Frank DeKova
Video Cast Info Richard Moll
Video Cast Info Lisa Jane Persky
Video Cast Info Ben Frommer
Video Cast Info Ralph Bakshi - Director
Plot 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

"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

Professional Reviews

"...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

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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