The modern day world of mature animation has to give a big thank you to Ralph Bakshi, arguably one of the first American filmmaker to release animation for adult audiences to the mainstream. He got his start with controversial pieces like Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic. Eventually he went on to do films that we’re not only easier to swallow and accessible but much more contrived and rewarding as a whole. First there was Wizards, an experimental and imaginative post-apocalyptic fantasy film. Then he went on to do an animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. After that he made what in my opinion is his masterpiece, American Pop.
American Pop is a beautiful journey through American Pop music through the eyes of four generations of a Russian Immigrant family and the rise and fall of their dreams to make it big in the world of music. From big band swing, to the psychedelic anthems of the 60s, music of all genres is used as a juxtaposition for these characters’ fame, success, romance and tragedy. The film makes heavy use of rotoscoping, a heavily overlooked animation technique where animators trace over live-action footage frame by frame. It sounds like a chore but the result is breathtakingly realistic animation.
If you’re a fan of American music or underground animation films, you need to check out this film.
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