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This animated trek across the musical landscape of the 20th century begins with young immigrant Zalmie (Jeffrey Lippa) arriving in New York City. He's addicted to show business, but an accident ruins his voice. He marries a stripper (Lisa Jane Persky) and their son, Benny (Richard Singer), becomes a jazz pianist. Although Benny is killed in World War II, his son, Tony (Ron Thompson), goes on to great success as a songwriter during the '60s, as does Tony's son, Pete (also Thompson), in the '80s.

Cast & Crew

Ron Thompson
Tony , Pete
Voice
Mews Small
Frankie
Voice
Jerry Holland
Louie
Voice
Jeffrey Lippa
Zalmie
Voice
Roz Kelly
Eva Tanguay
Voice
Frank DeKova
Crisco
Voice
Rick Singer
Benny
Voice
Elsa Raven
Hannele
Voice
Ben Frommer
Palumbo
Voice
Amy Levitt
Nancy
Voice
Leonard Stone
Leo Stern
Voice
Eric Taslitz
Little Pete
Voice
Gene Borkan
Izzy
Voice
Lynda Wiesmeier
The Blonde
Voice
Joey Camen
Freddie
Voice
Vincent Schiavelli
Theatre Owner
Voice
Richard Moll
Beat Poet
Voice
Hilary Beane
Showgirl 1
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Beatrice Colen
Prostitute
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Ronni Kern
Screenwriter
Richard R. St. Johns
Executive Producer
Maggie Abbott
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  • Sep 06, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2010
    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.
    Mike T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2009
    A beautifully animated story of the evolution of American music told through the trials of four generations of a Jewish family. Ralph Bakshi films aren't your typical animated films. They dealt with issues that most filmmakers would never attempt. This is no different, although it's much less hard edged than most of his previous films (Fritz The Cat, Heavy Traffic, and Coonskin). He's able to convey an emotion through his work that is somewhat lacking in most animated features. His characters are real people, with real problems, not just your average 2-D cartoon fodder (with the possible exception of The Lord Of The Rings and Wizards). This isn't to say that there aren't other fantastic animators out there, with great stories to tell, but for me, Bakshi is king.
    Shane D Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2007
    I really liked this film. I found it interesting and the music is fantastic to listen to.
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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