American Pop
American Pop (1981)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 13, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 19, 1998
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeremy Heilman

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.

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Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

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.

Scott Weinberg

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

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Rob Gonsalves

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

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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.
Mike T.
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… More
Marion Ravenwood
I really liked this film. I found it interesting and the music is fantastic to listen to.