I must admit that I never was a big fan of the works of Ralph Bakshi
. While I do admire the efforts he made in order to show that the animated medium wasn't something exclusively for kids, the truth is that I found most of his movies to be pretty weak and dated (Specially, his movie version of "The Lord of the Rings", which I consider to be a terrible adaptation)
However, I found "American Pop
" to be a pretty solid animated film, being at the same time the most ambitious and the most mature work from Ralph Bakshi.
Not only the animation ís incredibly well done (With superb designs, beautiful sceneries, and an exquisite use of colors) but also the plot is way more complex than in the other movies directed by Ralph Bakshi, with a high level of realism and vivid moments of nostalgia and melancholy.
The music and the voice acting from this film were excellent, giving it the perfect atmosphere for each era where the different parts of the story of this film took place.
The result is something impressive, fascinating and unique. This is possibly one of the most ambitious and daring animated films ever made, and even when this film isn't entirely perfect, the overall result is still impressive, even by the moderns standards of animation.
" is the strongest film directed by Ralph Bakshi
, being the one that stand the test of time.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone.