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)
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Louie
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Bella
Jeffrey Lippa ...
Zalmie
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Eva Tanguay
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Crisco (as Frank De Kova)
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Benny (as Richard Singer)
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Hannele
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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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It's an epic journey down through the music of American time through the eyes and spectacular moving art of Ralph Bakshi, the creator of "Fritz the Cat", "Heavy Traffic" and "The Lord of the Rings". It's the ultimate sight and sound experience with the mind blowing music of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and many other great American artists. See more »

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13 February 1981 (USA)  »

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Amerykanska muzyka pop  »

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Trivia

According to Ralph Bakshi, he originally wanted to end the movie with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird". See more »

Goofs

The German Soldier who shoots the pianist is wearing an American Helmet with a Swastika painted on the front (which was not the case in any German forces during the war). Also, his weapon is obviously a semi-automatic rifle but he fires it full-automatic as though it were a sub-machine gun. 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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Referenced in We Are Your Friends (2015) See more »

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Smiles
Music by Lee S. Roberts
Lyrics by J. Will Callahan
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unforgettable; a work of genious
30 March 2003 | by (new york, n.y.) – See all my reviews

history of pop music, from the songs of russian-jewish immigrants, thru the blues and many others. Bakshi's style of animation may not be for everyone, but i loved it. charachters are very real, no hint of "cartoons" Can be enjoyed by the whole family. It's a unique work, like nothing else I've seen. And the glorious music!!


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