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American Pop (1981)


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Release Date: Feb 13, 1981 Limited



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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


Drama, Animation, Musical & Performing Arts

Ronni Kern

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.

July 18, 2012 Full Review Source:

Has a wonderful soundtrack, but it fails to provide an actual story unless you look hard...

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A sprawling and messy work whose flaws are inextricable from its brilliance.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.

July 14, 2004

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.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If you're into Bakshi, it might be okay. I'm not. It isn't.

January 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Equal parts a confused mess and an inspired piece of musical animation.

July 25, 2002

every time it starts engaging the viewer, it quickly shifts gears and heads into a new decade

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for American Pop

This movie is just a retrospective on American music in cartoon form, I've always wondered why Bakshi made this movie. It's boring and uninteresting.
January 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

In an hour and a half American Pop covers a stunning amount of territory. both thematically and narratively. This might be the most polished animation in a Bakshi film, with a fantastic soundtrack and vibrant style.
June 14, 2010

Super Reviewer

I really liked this film. I found it interesting and the music is fantastic to listen to.
June 27, 2009

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