AMERICAN POP (1981)
starring:  Ron Thompson, Marya Small, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky, Jeffrey Lippa, Roz Kelly
directed by:  Ralph Bakshi                    produced by:  Ralph Bakshi, Martin Ransohoff
written by: Ronni Kern

 

 

 

               WHAT IT'S ABOUT

AMERICAN POP follows the descendants of one man's dream to entertain others through music, "It's all about the music," and how they leave their children a legacy of music.  Each man is plagued by drugs and a need to make music even if it kills them, literally. 

 

                     MY THOUGHTS
(CAUTION!!!  SPOILERS!!!)

If this sounds like a good film so far..imagine your surprise when I tell you that this is a animated film!  Yes. Animated - a cartoon movie with stunning lifelike animation.  Each movement is so fluid and follows the real movements a person makes. Nothing static in this film although it is a bit over-dramatic in some cases to create excitement in the scenes.  Anyone who knows movies or animation will recognize the person responsible for this masterpeice - Ralph Bakshi of LORD OF THE RINGS, COOL WORLD, FIRE & ICE fame.

I have nothing bad to say here.  I saw a preview for this when I rented FIFTH ELEMENT last night and when I saw it at the video store tonight, I rented it.     As far as I know, this is the first time on video ever.  This isn't like other cartoon films - here we have sex, drugs and rock & roll.   Swearing is heard here but it is not senseless. It is found in scenes that move the film forward and do not impair it at all.    This isn't Disney, folks - this is real life as only Ralph Bakshi could present it.

"Fuck the words!  The words don't mean anything!  It's all about the music!"  Tell that to the lyricist  - the guy who makes the songs possible.  Instrumentals are nice, but the music is just the sugar coating - the words are the medicine that can heal a person.

 

                            MY RATING

RENT THIS NOW!!!!

If you're a music fan or a fan of well made animation, then this is a must-see!   The soundtrack is phenomenal as well with Jefferson Starship, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke, Janis Joplin, Bob Seger and more!!