American Pop
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"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."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Equal parts a confused mess and an inspired piece of musical animation."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Has a wonderful soundtrack, but it fails to provide an actual story unless you look hard..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"every time it starts engaging the viewer, it quickly shifts gears and heads into a new decade"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A sprawling and messy work whose flaws are inextricable from its brilliance."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"If you're into Bakshi, it might be okay. I'm not. It isn't."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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