American Pop (1981)
Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 7
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Release Date: Feb 13, 1981 Limited
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 7,023
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
Feb 13, 1981 Limited
Jun 19, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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This is a film that grandly overreaches, attempting to condense a century's worth of triumph and tragedy into ninety minutes. To a surprising degree it succeeds.
Has a wonderful soundtrack, but it fails to provide an actual story unless you look hard...
A sprawling and messy work whose flaws are inextricable from its brilliance.
Although cartoonish in the most pejorative sense, American Pop knows its musical lore. This film has little bits of tragedy that just may break your heart.
American Pop celebrates the vitality of music which seems to weather all changes and continues to serve as a vehicle for our hopes and dreams.
If you're into Bakshi, it might be okay. I'm not. It isn't.
Equal parts a confused mess and an inspired piece of musical animation.
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