American Pop R

All those years, all those dreams, all those sons... one of them is going to be a star.
American Pop
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: December 7, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1981
  • Label: Image Entertainment
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Surround - English, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , &
Directed by
Produced by &
Voice: , , , , &

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 18


User Ratings: 7,132
Rating: 62/100 -- This is a film that grandly overreaches, attempting to condense a century's worth of triumph and tragedy into ninety minutes. To a surprising degree it succeeds. Full Review
Jul 18, 2012
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Although cartoonish in the most pejorative sense, American Pop knows its musical lore. This film has little bits of tragedy that just may break your heart.
Low IQ Canadian
Jul 15, 2004
Rating: 2/4 -- every time it starts engaging the viewer, it quickly shifts gears and heads into a new decade Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Feb 27, 2001
American Pop celebrates the vitality of music which seems to weather all changes and continues to serve as a vehicle for our hopes and dreams. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Jan 31, 2004
Rating: 5/5 -- A sprawling and messy work whose flaws are inextricable from its brilliance. Full Review
Jul 23, 2007
Although the plot, like the music itself, can be somewhat too strident, the animation is remarkably successful in delineating the sad geography of the human body and the massive backgrounds of American cities. Full Review
The Spectator
Mar 27, 2018
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Has a wonderful soundtrack, but it fails to provide an actual story unless you look hard... Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Sep 3, 2008

Product Description:

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 Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • Though all the characters are fictitious (with the exception of certain musicians, such as Jimi Hendrix, who are not directly related to the story), most are composites of famous musicians, and the songs they "create" are all popular songs already written. The lyrics Tony writes in the 1960s, for example, are Bob Dylan's lyrics, while his girlfriend's band sings Jefferson Airplane songs, and his son later writes Bob Seger's "Night Moves."

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 3,178
  • UPC: 014381684629
  • Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
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