Without giving over to hyperbole, American Pop is perhaps one of the most epic music movies I have ever watched. I remember first catching the end of it during a late night TV rerun as a young teen and being totally blown away. I was obsessed with finding a copy and watching it from the beginning.
The animation, storyline and most importantly music all blend together seamlessly, transporting you through almost 90 years of history while simultaneously inspiring an understanding for the feel of each time period.
“I had this dream that animation could be the medium of the people... if Disney worked for the middle class, I was gonna work for the kids in the street.” - Ralph Bakshi
The movie is certainly street orientated. Amongst the heavy themes covered are organized crime, drug dealing and addiction. But American Pop also showcases love and family through five generations. The resulting spectrum of emotions presented in conjunction with the incredible soundtrack and animation will leave you feeling like you have lived several lifetimes.