American Pop ★★★★½

One of the most underrated animated films of the 80's and Bakshi's best film. Bakshi lays off the sting of using grotesque stereotypes and gives us an incredible tour of American music through the 40's into the 80's. The use of rotoscope is at it's most expressionistic and intrinsic. Bakshi still tells it like it is and progressively shows America as both heavely romanticized and harshly tragic. The film doesn't end on a note of poignancy as much as the previous sequences do, but it successfully ends as a celebration and tradition of the music that shapes our lives.

As a character says, "You're my prize in the box and the box is this country"

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