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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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Cast

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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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All those years...All those dreams...All those sons...One of them is going to be a star. See more »

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Animation | Drama | Music

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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

When Tony meets the waitress in Kansas, he asks her a number of questions which are references to songs about the state. He asks her, "Is everything up to date here?" which references Rodgers and Hammerstein's song "Kansas City" from the musical "Oklahoma!" However, that song actually concerns the Kansas City in Missouri, as another song from that show indicates. See more »

Quotes

[Louie and Zalmie are performing as the two halves of a dancing horse - Zalmie being the lower half]
Zalmie: Louie?
Louie: Yeah?
Zalmie: I'm 17 years-old. When's my voice gonna change already?
Louie: It's changin'. It's changin'.
Zalmie: I know it's changin'. When's it gonna change for good?
Louie: What's your rush?
Zalmie: I don't wanna be a horse's ass forever.
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Special thanks to the late, great Jimi Hendrix. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood High Part II (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
Written by Bob Dylan
Composed by Bob Dylan
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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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