American Pop

American Pop

Director: Ralph Bakshi Cast: Ron Thompson, Marya Small, Jerry Holland

DVD (Wide Screen)

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The rise and growth of American popular music through the 20th century is reflected in the lives of four generations of one family in this animated drama directed by Ralph Bakshi. Zalmie (voice of Jeffrey Lippa), a Russian Jew, emigrates to America, and tries to struggle along as a comic and musician in vaudeville, until an injury suffered in World War I ends his singing career. Zalmie's son Benny (voice of Richard Singer) inherits his father's love for music, and when he grows to adulthood, he joins a jazz combo as a pianist; his career is cut short, however, when he's killed while fighting in World War II. Benny's son Tony (voice of Ron Thompson) is also bitten by the music bug and is determined to make his mark as a songwriter; he becomes involved in the Beat poetry and music community in San Francisco, and later falls in with a pioneering psychedelic band. Along the way, Tony fathers an illegitimate son named Pete (voice of Eric Taslitz), and ends up becoming Pete's guardian in New York City without realizing he's the boy's father. After Tony's death, Pete supports himself by dealing drugs, while struggling to make his dream of becoming a rock star a reality. Ralph Bakshi achieved American Pop's unique look through a process called "rotoscoping" -- shooting the scenes with live actors, and then tracing their movements onto animation cells.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
UPC: 0014381684629
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 8,405

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Thompson Tony & Pete
Marya Small Frankie
Jerry Holland Louie
Lisa Jane Persky Bella
Jeffrey Lippa Zalmie
Vincent Schiavelli Voice Only
Hilary Beane Voice Only
Roz Kelly Eva Tanguay
Frank de Kova Crisco
Richard Singer Benny
Elsa Raven Hannele
Ben Frommer Nicky Palumbo
Amy Levitt Nancy
Leonard Stone Leo
Eric Taslitz Little Pete
Gene Borkan Izzy
Joey Camen Freddie
Bob Morones Voice Only
Richard Moll Poet
Lynda Wiesmeier Voice Only

Technical Credits
Ralph Bakshi Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Ronni Kern Screenwriter
R&B Efx Cinematographer
David Ramirez Editor
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Richard St. Johns Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- American Pop
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:31]
2. Aneynu [2:01]
3. I Don't Care [2:24]
4. Maple Leaf Rag [4:06]
5. Smiles [2:16]
6. Over There [2:05]
7. Swamee [2:53]
8. Look for the Silver Lining [3:38]
9. Charleston [1:58]
10. Bill [2:18]
11. Sweet Georgia Brown [2:34]
12. Our Love Is Here to Stay [4:05]
13. Sing, Sing, Sing [2:04]
14. Lili Marlene [5:08]
15. Take Five [2:29]
16. Turn Me Loose [3:49]
17. You Send Me [3:27]
18. This Train [3:12]
19. California Dreamin' [5:51]
20. Somebody to Love [4:04]
21. People are Strange [1:36]
22. Up, Up and Away [1:52]
23. Purple Haze [3:29]
24. Summertime [4:33]
25. I'm Waiting for the Man [6:23]
26. Hell is for Children [5:06]
27. Night Moves [1:58]
28. Blue Suede Shoes [6:37]

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American Pop 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ralph Bakshi does it again with this one. His animations are as classic as Ray Harryhousen's claymation animation techniques. Mixing real life with animated cells just adds to the reality of the story. Instead of it seeming ficticious Bakshi brings in a reality slap in the face of life and makes you feel as well as see the tragities and successes in the lives of the characters. Just down right entertaining ! If you like technique watch Bakshis' stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have watched this film countless times, my first copy being a bootleg from new york after seeing it randomly on hbo. the characters, the story, the music, the animation is spellbinding. my heart just flies whenever i hear ''is kansas corny, are you corny, do you believe in love''