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Plymptoons: The Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton (2006)

Director: Bill Plympton
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Studio: New York Video NYC
Genre: Cult, Animation, Cel, Shorts
Running Time: 60 min.
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Plymptoons: The Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton collects the shorter works (up to 1990) of cult animator Bill Plympton, who has been acclaimed for his surrealistic vignettes, which often depict the human body going through humorously grotesque mutations in a roughly textured, exaggerated style. Among the better-known shorts in the compilation are the Oscar-nominated Your Face, in which a man sings a love song while his own features wander and change in unexpected ways, and Plympton's similarly designed promotional shorts for MTV. Besides other mature works such as How to Kiss, One of Those Days, and 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, the collection also includes several of the animator's earliest works, which show Plympton's crude experiments with line drawings and paper before the development of his signature style. Of additional interest to fans are several never-aired commercials and some lesser known political works, including an allegory about expanded defense spending with a script by fellow cartoonist Jules Feiffer. The tape concludes with the title piece Plymptoons, a collection of extremely brief, absurdist gags illustrated in Plympton's unique style. -Judd Blaise

Read GreenCine's exclusive interview with Bill Plympton, whose giddy, rubber-faced characters and the weird, inspired world flowing from his colored pencils leave an indelible impression. "Plymptoons" are bouncy, rhythmic satires full of punched faces and elongated hair with everchanging, wavering backgrounds. Full Article >>

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