One of animation’s finest and most intriguing feature films remains perhaps one its greatest underrated treasures: a compelling story of four generations of musicians from a Russian Jewish immigrant family — realized with fantastic impressionistic imagery, and fused with an eclectic palette of American popular music spanning several decades: Director/Animator Ralph Bakshi’s American Pop.

The film recently had a celebratory screening at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood — with actor Ron Thompson, who played Tony and Pete Belinsky: the two most prominent rolls in the film — on hand to give his first ever Q&A for the film. Thompson’s performances were realized via the rotoscoping process — where he first was filmed in live action, and then animators used photo blow-ups of that footage to help implement their animation process.

Here now is your “front row seat” to the event — with exclusive video of the entire Q&A!

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