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American Pop (1981)

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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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"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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One family, 4 generations, in love with the sound of American Pop. See more »

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Animation | Drama | Music

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Amerykanska muzyka pop  »

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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

Palumbo: Don't you think it's time for a wedding?
Zalmie: How can I ask her? I don't have a cent.
Palumbo: You should have thought of that before you got her pregnant.
Zalmie: Who thinks at a time like that?
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Disclaimer before soundtrack listings: The following songs were depicted as being written by fictional characters. The producer would like to thank the true composers. See more »

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Soundtracks

Take Five
Composed by Paul Desmond
Performed by Dave Brubeck Quartet
Courtesy of Kadan, Ltd. and CBS Records
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Greatest animation ever from the greatest animator...
13 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

Modern animated features pale in comparison. All we get today is the crum they produce over at Disney (excepting the few very cinematic scenes we get in Dinosaur) and a few decent Dreamworks films that hardly qualify as animation anymore.

This film takes the animation format and explores what it can really do with character and theme. It takes American history and turns it into a chronicle of musical development that satisfies the music-lover as no other film does.

Don't judge Bakshi by LOTR, see this one and Wizards and you'll have a new respect for animation. The only animated film even approaching this one since it was made is the Rats of Nihm, and it's a distant second. Even Nihm seems like Casablanca compared with modern crud like The Emporer's New Groove, or whatever hollow junk Disney is releasing next summer. See this film and remember (or learn for the first time) what truly good animation can be!


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