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Adventures in Plymptoons! (2011)

Bill Plympton , Tom Kenny , Alexia Anastasio  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Plympton, Tom Kenny, David Silverman, Keith Carradine, Martha Plimpton
  • Directors: Alexia Anastasio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H6GHTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When it comes to independent animators, Bill Plympton is the undisputed king. His illustrations have been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and National Lampoon. Since 1981, when his political cartoon Plymptoons was syndicated nationally, he has become a major force and inspiration in the animation world. His work is recognized instantly: he's the guy behind the animated morphing heads, which became famous on MTV, as well as the opening credit sequence for The Simpsons. Moving into motion pictures, Plympton earned two Academy Award® nominations, has directed and animated over sixty animation shorts, live action features, music videos, commercials and documentaries including: One of Those Days, How To Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, Plymptoons, The Tune, and Mutant Aliens. He s the only artist who has animated six feature length films ...all by himself. Adventures in Plymptoons! goes deep inside the method and madness of America s most independent animator, creatively incubated in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Interviews with many of Plympton s collaborators, such as Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), David Silverman (Director The Simpsons Movie ), Terry Gilliam (Writer, Monty Python and the Holy Grail ), Martha Plimpton ( The Good Wife ), Matthew Modine ( Full Metal Jacket ), Ed Begley, Jr., Peter Jason, Moby and Weird Al Yankovic, offer candid and comic insights into the irreverent man who has become an international success by not selling out.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Festival Favorite September 29, 2012
Being Bill Plympton fans, my husband and I were excited when we saw that this film was going to be playing at the Tri-State film festival. It exceeded our expectations. The interviews were fun and informative, and the clips from the films just added to our enjoyment. This is a must-see for any fan of Bill Plympton.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing documentary! September 15, 2012
I've shown this film to people who had never even seen Bill Plympton's cartoons. Everyone agrees, it's really entertaining. Not only was this film put together with style, the substance within it is very informative. There are no "dead spots". It moves along at a great pace and you learn something new about Bill's interesting life at each turn. This film is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone interested in learning what goes on in the mind of a creative genius. If you are a filmmaker yourself, you really need to check it out. You'll find yourself refreshed and motivated watching Plympton's own "do it my way" independent attitude. Great stuff and a really funny piece of work (both the film AND Bill Plympton)!

A must see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Plympton lovers old and new! December 8, 2012
'Adventures in Plymptoons' is a wonderfully comic and intelligent look at the life and work of famous independent animator Bill Plympton. It perfectly paints a picture of the artist and his work through poignant and often cheeky interviews with Bill and people who were and are still important in his life, interspersed with clips of some of his famous films. I also enjoyed the great indie music score that served the film well. Since then, I have purchased more of Bill's DVD's, and look forward to more from the talented producer and director Alexia Anastasio and her team!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying adventure! October 7, 2013
By Jobar
As an amateur animator, I enjoyed this film so much! The personal and warm relationship between Mr Plympton and the director is apparent as she draws us casually yet vividly into his mind and world! The interviews are funny. The cuts between the interviews and the cartoons are often downright brilliant. Anyone who wants to understand the history of animation in the USA and the future of animation needs to see this film. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. Unconventional. October 7, 2013
I don't know anything about Plymptoons, but was recommended to watch it because it was Oscar nominated. Bill Plympton is a surrealist, eccentric, unconventional. Alexia was able to tell his story so well about a man who followed his dream, lived by his principles sometimes giving up millions.

I'm so inspired by this doco!
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4.0 out of 5 stars WELL DONE! January 12, 2013
Just saw the doc on Netflix. What a wonderful job they've did with it.

Having first experienced Bill's stuff at the "Sick & Twisted Animation Festival" back in the late 80's, it was wonderful to see how far he's come thru the years. Great interviews and a great story thruline helped by the editing choices. Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great doc on an amazing talent January 1, 2013
Bill Plympton is an amazing talent, surviving making independent animation the way he wants to make it without studio involvement. This documentary takes a look at his work and his life. Tons of celebrity interviews and insight from Bill himself make it very entertaining and informative. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in animation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Plymptoons! December 10, 2012
By Lauren
Great watch whether you're a fan or haven't ever heard of Bill Plympton! Humorous, informative, entertaining with interviews / impressions from a wide variety of people who have been impacted by Bill. Excellent storytelling and definitely worth viewing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great doc on a one-of-a-kind artist
You can't go wrong with a movie celebrating the remarkable Bill Plympton. There's a lot to learn and a lot to love in this one, even if you are already a fan of the artist.
Published 8 months ago by Chris Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT FUN!
Throughly enjoyable look in Bill Plympton's mind. The fine direction and editing made it smooth sailing. It ended to soon, I wanted more!!!
Published 13 months ago by ANNA
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool movie, even if you'd never heard of Bill Plympton before
Before this movie, I was completely unfamiliar with Bill Plympton and his work. I'm also not a particularly enthusiastic fan of animation. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in Plymptoons!
The true nature of independence is illustrated in Alexia Anastasio's documentary on Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton who's best known for his eccentric films like "Your Face"... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Tim Needles
4.0 out of 5 stars Plymptoons A Review
I really liked the celebrity interviews in this documentary. Well worth time spent watching the movie. Read more
Published on October 18, 2012 by Comichall
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artist's Spiritual Journey
Bill Plympton is in a class by himself. So is Adventures in Plymptoons! I admire his work and I am never bored by the man himself. Read more
Published on October 14, 2012 by "Kevin"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Documentary Not To Be Missed! :)
In ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS, Alexia Anastasio draws audiences into the world of animator Bill Plympton, in one of the most creative and animated documentaries ever produced! Read more
Published on October 13, 2012 by JS
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