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American Pop (1981)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Amerykanska muzyka pop  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two dancers in the "Sing Sing Sing With a Swing" montage are the rotoscoped Nicholas brothers in Stormy Weather (1943). 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: What is this?
The Blonde: Corn.
Tony: Corn? Corn comes in a little white box from Birdseye. Corn? Kansas is corny! Can ya eat it?
The Blonde: Yeah.
Tony: Can ya smoke it? Can ya drink it? Can ya lie in it?
The Blonde: Sure.
Tony: Then lie in it with me.
The Blonde: Are you crazy?
Tony: Yeah, I'm crazy. I'm crazy in love with your blue eyes... and your corn-silked hair. Your corn-silked hair. I'll never eat corn again without thinkin' about you. Canned corn, candy corn, popcorn, Crackerjacks! You're the prize in my box! And my box is this country. It's all tinfoil ...
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Palm Leaf Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin
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A great impression of the music
27 June 2010 | by (Palatine, IL) – See all my reviews

I saw American Pop in a suburban Chicago theater when it was first released.

I was impressed with the film and have always enjoyed it as a musical rather than a drama. At the time the surround sound was striking as was the alternate form of animation(rotoscope)and use of color. Being able to see American Pop in 35mm on a large screen was an experience, as I believe many of the film's critics have only seen inferior video versions.

With musical selections dating from the 1920s through 1980 this film is a fantastic visualization of the spirit and essence of American music. The dance sequences from the Big Band era are especially effective.

I have shown it in my high school music appreciation class a few times with very negative reactions from the students. I dig American Pop, however, and I know others of my generation will enjoy it.

Ralph Bakshi, a true artist.


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