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title. American Pop

date. 1980

city. America


director, producer


American Pop is a 1981 American animated musical drama film starring Ron Thompson and produced and directed by Ralph Bakshi. It was the fourth animated feature film to be presented in Dolby sound. The film tells the story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music.


The majority of the film's animation was completed through rotoscoping, a process in which live actors are filmed and the subsequent footage is used for animators to draw over. However, the film also uses a variety of other mixed media including water colors, computer graphics, live-action shots, and archival footage.


Director: Ralph Bakshi
Producer: Ralph Bakshi, Martin Ransohoff
Writer: Ronni Kern
Starring: Ron Thompson, Lisa Jane Persky, Jeffrey Lippa, Richard Singer, Marya Small
Music: Lee Holdridge
Editor: David Ramirez

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