#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – “American Pop” is the animated story of a very talented and troubled family starting with 19th century Russia and moving through several generations of musicians. The film covers American popular music from the pre-jazz age through rhythm and blues, 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, drug-laden psychedelia, and punk rock, finally ending with the onset of New Wave in the early 1980s.
Plot: The history of American popular music runs parallel with the history of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, with each male descendant possessing different musical abilities.
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Not a Bad Bakshi Effort, A Very Good Attempt
One of Ralph Bakshi’s last animated opuses “American Pop” came out in early 1981 with middling fanfare. I do have to give credit to Ralph Bakshi for making a very serious effort, rotoscoping the animation without leaving it too fuzzy (as in “Wizards,” my personal favorite) or for the better word, half-done so you can the characters only half-animated and half-live (as in “The Lord of the Rings,” I’d say the worst of any of his works).
This movie should play best as a midnight movie flick. Bakshi’s best-known movies – “Fritz the Cat,” “Heavy Traffic,” and “Wizards” – for instance -would all play as midnight cult favorites at the Uniondale Mini Cinema back in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. Naturally, I would have been much too young to go to that cinema and possibly out of place with a rough crowd had I’d been an adult in that era. If the Mini Cinema still existed today, then I’d say that “American Pop” would be up there too.
As for the movie, there isn’t a single bit of humor, but the story is straightforward and allegorical of 80 years of music. We start with turn-of-the century Russian Jewish immigrant Zalmie who makes it America with his vaudeville acts. But Zalmie fails because his voice box is injured from a shooting while serving in the First World War and then gets mixed up in the mob. Then Zalmie passes the musical torch to his illegitimate son, Benny, who had lost his mother, Zalmie’s girlfriend Bella to a mob bombing in their household. Benny makes it as a pianist,gets married, but is suddenly shot by a Nazi shoulder behind the back while playing the piano in his bunk during World War II. This depicts the music of the first half of the 20th century.
The era now radically shifts from early days of jazz to the latter-days of psychedelic rock in the 20th century. Benny has an irresponsible son named Tony. Tony, unloved at home, gets on a bus, runs away to California, yet stops halfway to Kansas to wash dishes and fall briefly for his blonde coworker, calling her hair “the color of corn”, and makes it big as an acid 1960’s rocker. He falls for a boozy redhead named Frankie, gets high on drugs with her and her friends, and bores an illegitimate blonde son with her named Little Pete. Then Frankie, obviously modeled on Janis Joplin (watch her swing beer as she performs), dies of the drugs and alcohol. Pete is confused about his familial background and doesn’t know that Tony is his father. Tony abandons Pete on the street and Pete, the lone musical survivor, makes it on his own where everyone else failed. This fourth generation child has the best out of everyone as a David Bowid lookalike of a rock superstar. His “Blue Suede Shoes” wins the admiration of worldwide fans.
This movie is best understood with a historical and musical background so one could identify with the four generations of music. It is the most profound and realistic of Bakshi’s work, and some felt that he toiled too much. Bakshi’s works always carry social mores and he always includes Jewish references because he is indeed Jewish, although the surname sounds Indian. In addition to the four musicians, he also juxtaposes them with real life songs, singers and rock groups of each era, such as Cole Porter, Eva Tanguay, The Mamas and Papas, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Benatar and the Sex Pistols. Sounds crammed in, but it’s hard work.
“American Pop” is an animated movie that rings truer to life than any other animated movie. It is indeed rated R due to occasional vulgar language, implied nudity, and frequent drug use. In addition to Bakshi’s rotoscoping (his best done here), look for historical live action footage that blends well with the animation.
Moments of brilliance
American Pop starts off with a, er, bang. The sequence establishing the backstory–set in Czarist Russia–is a brilliant mixture of animation and newsreel footage. As the film proceeds it falters, and by the time it wanders into punk territory American Pop loses its way. Bakshi clearly wasn’t that comfortable with punk (most Americans, teens included, were still clueless in ’81) and the idea that his punk rock protagonist would be a Bob Seger styled cocaine dealer is laughable. Still, there are enough good moments earlier on for me to recommend this film for anyone interested in the history of American pop music–especially the strain that developed from Gershwin and Berlin.
Unlike some other reviewers, I really liked the animation. Bakshi’s use of live models gives his characters a depth and humanity missing from most ‘cartoons’.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min)
Genre Animation, Drama, History
Director Ralph Bakshi
Writer Ronni Kern
Actors Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby, SDDS (1997 Re-Release), Dolby Digital (1997 Re-Release), DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (1997 Re-Release)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm