Films by Bill Plympton

Films by Bill Plympton

23 Episodes

“King of Indie Animation” Bill Plympton’s wonderfully weird creations are unmistakable: the wriggly, hand-sketched style, warped humor, and endlessly shape-shifting, transmogrifying images are the hallmarks of a singularly bizarre and brilliant imagination. Originally a newspaper cartoonist, Plympton found success as a film animator when his entrancingly twisted musical YOUR FACE received an Oscar nomination for best animated short, leading to dozens more shorts and features, regular play on early 1990s MTV, another Oscar nomination (for the short GUARD DOG), and a worldwide cult following. A self-described “blend of Magritte and R. Crumb—that European surrealism, but the weird, goofy sexual craziness of R. Crumb,” Plympton is a one-of-a-kind auteur of the absurd, an underground animation hero whose films hold a funhouse mirror up to the innate strangeness of everyday reality.

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Films by Bill Plympton
  • Bill Plympton Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Tune

    Episode 2

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1992 • United States
    Starring Daniel Neiden, Maureen McElheron, Marty Nelson

    Bill Plympton’s first feature-length film incorporates elements from a handful of his early shorts into a kaleidoscopically oddball musical fantasia. Del is a songwriter for the obnoxious Mr....

  • I Married a Strange Person!

    Episode 3

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1997 • United States
    Starring Charis Michelsen, Tom Larson, Richard Spore

    Cult animation surrealist Bill Plympton lets his subversive worldview and flair for grotesque absurdity run riot in this deliriously deranged dark comedy. A newlywed woman gets an unsettling sur...

  • Mutant Aliens

    Episode 4

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2001 • United States
    Starring Dan McComas, Francine Lobis, George Casden

    Marooned by design in a strange asteroid inhabited by bizarre creatures, a left-for-dead astronaut miraculously heads back to Earth with a band of abominable mutant aliens to tie up some loose en...

  • Hair High

    Episode 5

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2004 • United States
    Starring Eric Gilliland, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Silverman

    Bill Plympton spoofs the teen movies of a bygone era in this gothic, 1950s-set high school comedy about a love triangle that goes terribly wrong as two murdered students return to their pro...

  • Idiots and Angels

    Episode 6

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2008 • United States

    An embittered misanthrope is transformed into a reluctant do-gooder when a pair of angelic wings with a mind of their own sprouts from his back in this riotously surreal tale of unwanted redemption from animation visionary Bill Plympton. Told enti...

  • Cheatin’

    Episode 7

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2013 • United States
    Starring Sophia Takal, Jeremy Baumann, Alex Markowitz

    Through his singular, freewheeling animation style, Bill Plympton weaves an emotionally rich, unconventional tale of love, jealousy, and reconciliation. In a fateful bumper-car collision, Jake ...

  • Revengeance

    Episode 8

    Directed by Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan • 2016 • United States
    Starring Jim Lujan, Sara Ulloa, Keith Knight

    Bill Plympton teamed with fellow indie cartoonist Jim Lujan for this wild-ride black comedy set in a sleazy 1970s Los Angeles, in which a low-rent bounty hunter named Rod Rosse, the One Ma...

  • Your Face

    Episode 9

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1987 • United States

    A man’s head undergoes all sorts of bizarre contortions and transformations as he sings an original love ballad in Bill Plympton’s Oscar-nominated breakout short, which introduced many to his surreally twisted world.

  • How to Kiss

    Episode 10

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1988 • United States

    As a brave couple demonstrates, the narrator uses quotes, examples, and advice to help us all reach the highest heights in the art of kissing.

  • One of Those Days

    Episode 11

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1988 • United States

    One man’s day in suburbia goes from bad to worse to the absolute pits.

  • 25 Ways to Quit Smoking

    Episode 12

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1989 • United States

    The perilous road to kicking the habit is explored in twenty-five vignettes involving outlandish suggestions and contraptions.

  • The Wiseman

    Episode 13

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1991 • United States
    Starring Chris Hoffman

    A shape-shifting guru delivers an utterly bizarre lesson in enlightenment.

  • Push Comes to Shove

    Episode 14

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1991 • United States

    It’s the little things that really hurt in an epically demented battle between two relentlessly transmogrifying businessmen.

  • How to Make Love to a Woman

    Episode 15

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1996 • United States

    An animated look at the eleven essential steps needed to make the pilgrim’s progress from finding a woman to making love to her.

  • Sex and Violence

    Episode 16

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 1997 • United States

    In eight minutes, animator Bill Plympton gives us twenty-four vignettes: seven are clearly about sex, ten about violence, and seven others deal with human frailties, particularly related to the body as it ages.

  • Guard Dog

    Episode 17

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2004 • United States

    Bill Plympton’s Oscar-nominated short at last answers the eternal question: why do dogs bark at such innocent creatures as pigeons and squirrels? Just what are they afraid of?

  • The Fan and the Flower

    Episode 18

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2005 • United States

    An ill-fated and unconsummated romance between a fan and a flower magically creates a fairy-tale ending.

  • Guide Dog

    Episode 19

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2006 • United States

    This twisted sequel to the Oscar-nominated GUARD DOG details the continuing adventures of an eager canine. This time he takes a job helping the blind, but still leaves a path of destruction in his wake.

  • Santa, the Fascist Years

    Episode 20

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2008 • United States
    Starring Matthew Modine

    We all think of Santa as “Jolly Old St. Nick.” But who knew that he has a hidden dark side? Bill Plympton uncovers Kris Kringle’s flirtation with politics and greed.

  • Hot Dog

    Episode 21

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2008 • United States

    The indomitable canine hero of Bill Plympton’s GUARD DOG series joins a fire department to save the world and gain the affection he so richly deserves. However, the results never turn out the way he plans.

  • Horn Dog

    Episode 22

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2009 • United States

    In the fourth film in Bill Plympton’s GUARD DOG series, our plucky canine friend fends off an obese dog, attacking oysters, and a killer violin bow, all while trying to win the love of his heart’s desire.

  • The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger

    Episode 23

    Directed by Bill Plympton • 2010 • United States

    Bill Plympton spins a children’s fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life, and ultimately the test of a mother’s love.