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The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

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Tony / Pete
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Frankie (as Marya Small)
Jerry Holland ...
Louie
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Bella
Jeffrey Lippa ...
Zalmie
Roz Kelly ...
Eva Tanguay
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Crisco (as Frank De Kova)
Rick Singer ...
Benny (as Richard Singer)
Elsa Raven ...
Hannele
Ben Frommer ...
Palumbo
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Nancy
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Leo Stern
Eric Taslitz ...
Little Pete
Gene Borkan ...
Izzy
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Beat Poet
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"American Pop" is the animated story of a very talented and troubled family starting with 19th century Russia and moving through several generations of musicians. The film covers American popular music from the pre-jazz age through rhythm and blues, 1950s rock 'n' roll, drug-laden psychedelia, and punk rock, finally ending with the onset of New Wave in the early 1980s. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

Ralph Bakshi:  as the voice of the piano player who tells a pregnant Bella that her song "is going to be a big hit. I think you should try it out." See more »

Goofs

When Pete is playing "Night Moves" in the recording studio, his fingers are moving up on the piano although the notes in the song can clearly be heard going high to low. See more »

Quotes

[Tony has injured himself and lies in bed wearing casts around his neck, leg, and arm]
Man: How do you feel?
Tony: Like a fuckin' M&M: dig my thin candy shell.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the late, great Jimi Hendrix. See more »

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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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Palm Leaf Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin
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Not for Me
24 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"American Pop" is the animated story of a very talented and troubled family starting with 19th century Russia and moving through several generations of musicians.

The film covers American popular music from the pre-jazz age through rhythm and blues, 1950s rock 'n' roll, drug-laden psychedelia, and punk rock, finally ending with the onset of New Wave in the early 1980s.

Meh.

Bored silly.

The animation looks like it was originally filmed with live people and animated over then (like Snow White).

It's colorful and junk, but I was bored.

Maybe it's dated in a way that Disney doesn't get dated.


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