American Pop (Part 1)
Among Ralph Bakshi’s body of work, American Pop is the movie that people forgot about, but it is simply the best of them all. To me, it is far more superior to Coonskin, Heavy Metal, Fritz the Cat, Cool World, Wizards, and it tops even his critically-acclaimed Lord of the Rings adaptation.
American Pop is a 1981 animated feature film drawn from its original 35mm live-action footage (rotoscoping). Rotoscope was a technique he used briefly for some sequences in Lord of the Rings. Later on in American Pop, he was able to skillfully wield this craft at an entire feature length. With this, Bakshi has brought the animation genre to a new direction. Richard Linklater has Ralph Bakshi to thank, for movies like Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.
American Pop features 60 years and four generations of 20th century pop music (see the soundtrack list) coupled with its storyline of fathers begetting fathers, set against their particular eras. It’s quite a thrill to watch, especially as Bakshi goes from burlesque parlor jazz bands to the New York beat era to Kansas (featuring Ms. Playboy July 1982 Lynda Wiesmeier), and then moves on to Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco in the 1960s (Quick! Was that Grace Slick?!), and the birth of punk in the UK along with scenes of some chilling heroin-dealing in the 1970s.
I am so happy to share the entire film with all of you, as I believe it needs
to be seen by a wider audience, especially lovers of the animated film genre.
As soon as I discovered that American Pop was available on YT, I had to thumb up all the chapters immediately to add to SU Video.