Bill Plympton's The Tune
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Top Customer Reviews
For the most part "The Tune seems to be a collection of Bill Plympton's shorter animations strung together with the aid of a thin storyline. The story is a sweet one, of love and what it means to give someone a song. But the main character is a little cloying, and it's hard to care much about what happens to him and his girl. That being said, the peripheral characters, who star in the musical numbers, are much more interesting. The animations are outstanding and easily stand on their own. They seem to have been done at different times, in different styles, and it seems like not all these bits were aware they were gonna become a part of this movie. As a result each has a slightly different look, and color palette, which adds to the interest of the film.
Plympton's signature pencil sketch style is jumpy, wierd, disorienting and hilarious. Heads fold in half, split in two, and turn inside out. Characters morph into representations of the lyrics while they sing. The Wiseman's bald head grows funny hats by the dozens while a twangy countrified guitar does speed-solos. Serious tango partners share dumb jokes.
Each scene (for the most part) is based on a song, and the music is very catchy. I bought the soundtrack and still sing "Isn't It Good Again" and "Dance All Day" to myself frequently.
This is not your standard animated movie. It's intended audience is adults, though it's certainly not "dirty" and kids could enjoy most sections of this. At most, sex is hinted at, as when a hotdog enthusiastically leaps into a hotdog bun. Pretty obvious, and amusing, but at the same time fairly innocuous.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film is a very wonderful film. Under-rated, and unknown by many. If you're looking for something to watch with your children, it is great!Published 23 months ago by Trevor
"After viewing some of Bill Plympton's latest film, Idiots & Angels, I thought to give his 1992 debut feature which like many of his other works are underrated known as The Tune. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Visual Bureau
I've watched this numerous times and you'll either get it or you won't. You have to have a pretty warped since of humor, I was happy that my daughter loves it as well. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by JEREMY WELLS
My son is a collector of these type of art. He is an autistic person. These themes are his favorite.Published on June 2, 2013 by Adanid Prieto Martinez
Classic Plympton Animation! Great "tunes" and a great "tune." Don't miss it! The wise sage Gus might change your life. Your kids will like it too.Published on November 5, 2012 by Anonymous
I've been a fan of Bill Plympton for a very long time and I just had to own this movie. It's sort of about a tune-writer whose stuck on some lyrics and up against a deadline for... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Gem Bond
I couldn't get through 15 minutes of this movie. The animation is amateurish and dated. The writing is as if he wrote a scene, animated as quickly as he could and then wrote... Read morePublished on November 5, 2009 by Eric D. Callahan
Bill plymptons first full length movie is finally on dvd and its so good. The animation is the classic style of morphing and it never fails to stop entertaing. Read morePublished on April 10, 2005 by Chris Sharp