All those years, all those dreams, all those sons... one of them is going to be a star.
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- 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)
- Dolby Digital Surround - English, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Frank DeKova & Roz Kelly|
|Performer:||Ben Frommer, Lisa Jane Persky & Richard Moll|
|Directed by||Ralph Bakshi|
|Produced by||Ralph Bakshi & Martin Ransohoff|
|Voice:||Richard Moll, Roz Kelly, Lisa Jane Persky, Frank DeKova, Ben Frommer & Vincent Schiavelli|
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
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
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
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
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
Rating: 5/5 -- A sprawling and messy work whose flaws are inextricable from its brilliance. Full Review
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
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Has a wonderful soundtrack, but it fails to provide an actual story unless you look hard... Full Review
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.
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.
Action | Animation | Cult Film | Family Interaction | History | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Pop Groups | Pop Stars
- 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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