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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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  • 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
  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H6GHTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Lujan on September 15, 2012
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Twinkie's Mom on September 29, 2012
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SL on December 8, 2012
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'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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jobar on October 7, 2013
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yasmine Khater on October 7, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MARS on January 12, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grey Wears on January 1, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on December 10, 2012
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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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