AMERICAN POP (NARRATIVE, 1981)
Ralph Bakshi produced and directed this sweeping animated story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family all trying to make it in the music business. American Pop incorporates most of what made Bakshi famous, including rotoscoping, primitive computer graphics, live-action film, archival film, and still paintings.
The soundtrack is almost one million licensing dollars worth of classic rock that, much of the time, is incongruent with Bakshi’s imagery – most especially in the penultimate scene when a drug-dealing, songwriting member of the family plays “Night Moves” to get the attention of the musicians and producers he was providing drugs to. With Lee Ving of FEAR as “Punk Rocker #1” – CAN’T MISS!!!