“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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.