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American Pop (1981) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film American Pop

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Columbia Pictures Corporation, Polyc International BV, Bakshi Productions, Aspen Productions Ron Thompson, Marya Small, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky, Jeffrey Lippa, Roz Kelly, Frank De Kova, Richard Singer, Elsa Raven, Ben Frommer; Full Voice Cast Full Voice Cast.. Ralph Bakshi, John Sparey Ralph Bakshi, Martin Ransohoff, Lynne Betner, Maggie Abbott, Richard R. St. Johns David Ramirez, Michael A. Stevenson, Scott Burrow, Martin Cohen Lee Holdridge, Mark Bakshi, John Beug, Jeff Carson, Bob Dylan, Ray Evans, George Gershwin, Neil Giraldo, Pat Benatar, Herbie Hancock; more Writers More Writers..
  • 1981
  • Columbia Pictures Corporation, Polyc International BV, Bakshi Productions, Aspen Productions
  • Columbia Pictures
  • Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film
  • Cartoon Characters: Tony, Pete, Frankie, Louie, Bella, Zalmie, Eva Tanguay, Crisco, Benny, Hannele, Palumbo, Nancy, Leo Stern, Little Pete, Izzy, Beat Poet, Theatre Owner, The Blonde, Dwayne, Little Zalmie, Halley, Young Zalmie, Club Manager, August, Space, Johnny, Reed, Jeffrey, Tuba Player, Freddie, Little Benny, Young Benny, Tony's Brother, Tony's Sisters, Stagehand, Hippie, Curtis, Punk Singer, Punk Drummer, Punk Rocker, Punk Guitarist, Organ Grinder, Doorkeeper, Piano Player, Announcers - Various, Singer in Raided Nightclub, Prostitutes, Showgirls, Hobos, Crapshooters.
  • Vocal Talent: Ron Thompson (Tony, Pete), Marya Small [Mews Small] (Frankie), Jerry Holland (Louie), Lisa Jane Persky (Bella), Jeffrey Lippa (Zalmie), Roz Kelly (Eva Tanguay), Frank De Kova [Frank DeKova] (Crisco), Richard Singer (Benny), Elsa Raven (Hannele), Ben Frommer (Palumbo), Amy Levitt (Nancy), Leonard Stone (Leo Stern), Eric Taslitz (Little Pete), Gene Borkan (Izzy), Richard Moll (Beat Poet), Beatrice Colen (Prostitute), Vincent Schiavelli (Theatre Owner), Hilary Beane (Showgirl #1), Lynda Wiesmeier (The Blonde), Philip Simms [Phillip Simms] (Dwayne), Marcello Krakoff (Little Zalmie), Ken Johnson (Halley), Barney Pell (Young Zalmie), Robert Strom (Club Manager), Gene Woodbury (August), Marc Levine [Mark Levine] (Space), Ty Grimes (Johnny), Peter Glindeman (Reed), Auburn Burrell (Jeffrey), A'leshaia Brevard [A'leisha Brevard] (Showgirl #2), Elya Baskin (Tuba Player), M.B. West (Prostitute), Joey Camen (Freddie), Bert Autore [Umberto Autore Jr.] (Little Benny), Tony Autore (Young Benny), Johnny Brogna (Tony's Brother), Dawn Agrella (Tony's Sister), Cari Anne Warder (Tony's Sister), Don Carlson (Stagehand), Vance Colvig (Hobo #1), Robert Beecher (Hobo #2), Tony Fasce (Crapshooter #1), Frank Ciaravino (Crapshooter #2), Gene Krischer (Hippie), David Allen Young [D.A. Young] (Curtis), Lee James Jude [Lee Ving] (Punk Singer), Timothy J. Leitch (Punk Drummer), Frederick C. Milner [Derf Scratch] (Punk Rocker), Philo J. Cramer [Philo Cramer] (Punk Guitarist), Chester Haze [Chester Hayes] (Organ Grinder), Chuck Mitchell (Doorkeeper), Bill Schneider [Ralph Bakshi] (Piano Player), Doug Lee (Announcers - Various), David Hollander (uncredited), Helen Morgan (Singer in Raided Nightclub [Archive Footage, uncredited]), Fredd Wayne (Seven Roles [uncredited]).
  • Directed By Ralph Bakshi.
    Assistant Director: John Sparey.
  • Produced By Ralph Bakshi, Martin Ransohoff.
    Associate Producer: Lynne Betner.
    Executive Producers: Maggie Abbott, Richard R. St. Johns.
  • Animated By Craig Armstrong, Brenda Banks, Carl Bell, Robert Carr [Bob Carr], Jesus Cortes [Jesús Cortés], James A. Davis, Lillian Evans, Steve Gordon [Steven E. Gordon], Debbie Hayes, Chrystal Russell [Chrystal Klabunde], Robert Laduca [Rob LaDuca], George Scribner, Paul Smith, Tom Tataranowicz, Xenia.
    Assistant Animators: Tim Callahan, Christopher Dent [Chris Dent], Davis Doi, Derek Eversfield, Bonnie Fishbon, Richard Hoppe, Martin Korth [Marty Korth], Alida Krumina, Kathryn Staats, Michael Svayko [Mike Svayko], Wesley Takahashi [Wes Takahashi], Scott Tolmie, Ben Trujillo, Craig Zukowski.
  • Written By Ronni Kern.
  • Edited By David Ramirez.
    Associate Editor: Michael A. Stevenson.
    Assistant Editor: Scott Burrow.
    Apprentice Editor: Martin Cohen.

Additional Crew:



  • Production Manager: Scott Thaler.
  • Animation Checker: Dotti Foell.
  • Layout Artists: Marcia Adams, Barry Jackson [Barry E. Jackson], Johnnie Vita [John Vita], Louise Zingarelli.
  • Xerox Checkers: Daryl Carstensen, Karen China, Casey Clayton, Rosemary Cruz, Janet Zoll [Janet M. Zoll].
  • Background Assistants: Gary Eggleston, Frank Frezzo, Russ Heath, Jeff Skrimstad.
  • Color Modeler: Janet Cummings.
  • Cel Reproductions: Steve Gulsvig, Daniel Schneider.
  • Cel Polisher: Dean Korth.
  • Painters: Roxanne Taylor [Roxanne M. Taylor], Mary Yanish.
  • Final Checkers: Betty Brooks, Patricia Capozzi, Eleanor Dahlin [Eleanor Dahlen], Letha Prince, Harriet Rossall [Harriette Rossall].
  • Xerox Check/Inking: Daryl Carstensen.

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The animated story of a very talented and troubled family starting with 19th century Russia and moving through several generations of musicians. From a...  (more)

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I beg to differ with the review at the bottom. This is something of a landmark in animation of the last 35 years......a visually stunning film, with animation that encompasses more than just tracings (which most reviewers have dismissed ALL of it as); there...  (read more)

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I have never been a big fan of Bakshi's cartoons.... and they looks even more dated now.

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