Cinema: Punk Fantasia


Directed by Ralph Bakshi

Screenplay by Ronni Kern

Ralph Bakshi dreams big. Turning Fritz the Cat (1972) and The Lord of the Rings (1978) into animated features posed insufficient challenge to a man who contains Whitmanesque multitudes. Now he would tell, in an hour and a half of cartoons, the story of 20th century America and its popular music. American Pop would be a nipper version of Disney's Fantasia, and something more: a dirge for lost patriarchy, for the sermons and sins of fathers everywhere, personified by four generations of American pops. One father would die in a tsarist...

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