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Bill Plympton's The Tune (2004)

Maureen McElheron , Daniel Neiden , Bill Plympton  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maureen McElheron, Daniel Neiden, Marty Nelson, Emily Bindiger, Chris Hoffman
  • Directors: Bill Plympton
  • Writers: Maureen McElheron, Bill Plympton, P.C. Vey
  • Producers: Bill Plympton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029NKT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bill Plympton's The Tune" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive documentary on Bill Plympton: "Twisted Toons"
  • Making-of storyboard gallery
  • Photo galery
  • Music tracks
  • "Hair High" trailer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable toon with ridiculous tunes March 27, 2000
Celebrated cartoonist Bill Plympton's first feature film is a surreal musical fantasy with some inspired animation. He financed it entirely by himself, raising extra money by doing work for a few television commercials (see "Plymptoons: Complete Works" on DVD). He also released early portions of the film as shorts to help generate funds ("Dig My Do" in 1990, "Push Comes To Shove" and "The Wiseman" in 1991), even winning the 1991 Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival for "Push Comes To Shove." Working again with Maureen McElheron (she scored his 1988 Oscar-nominated short "Your Face"), Plympton pieces together the story of a songwriter who, after receiving a 47-minute deadline to deliver a hit song or get fired, finds himself lost in the town of Flooby Nooby. Through the course of ten musical numbers (touching on various popular music genres) and some outstanding animation sequences, he learns to pen songs from the heart rather than by the book. This film is classic Plympton, but the light-hearted theme and often silly songs contrast greatly with the bizarre sex and violence of his second feature-length film "I Married A Strange Person."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Funny January 15, 2000
By A Customer
If you like humor that is just a bit off-beat and bizarre, you will probably enjoy this film. It's classic Plympton, but the songs are good and there are actually a few clever insights about people mixed in, if you need intellectually redeeming qualities. I would not put much stock in the Charles Solomon review, which to my way of thinking missed every point in the film. For example, the hero does not go around listening to "people singing various songs--which he takes and passes off as own." Rather, he talks to people, and hears songs in the way they speak and act. Sort of a comment on the artistic process, I suppose. But mostly the movie is just funny. The animation is sort of like Monty Python animation, in that it is very simple, a bit twisted, funny and full of surprises. I watch this film over and over, each time wondering what make Plympton think of this stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the right sound... December 11, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am so happy to find this video available that I'm buying several--I've told so many people about it, and I had a copy of it, but literally wore it out playing it. There are so many classic animation moments in it a musical? I guess so, but nothing like any musical you've ever seen before! The plot is slight but important: An unfortunate young song writer MUST write a catchy tune in a very short time or never win his heart's desire, and the poor fellow has writer's block--in fact, he hardly knows what his heart's desire really is. During his frantic push to produce this song, he loses himself in a land where EVERYTHING has a song to sing (and does). Don't miss the rockabilly dog sequence...or the country&western diner...or the dueling riddles tango. Best of all, each and every song has its own animation style, all within the matrix of the storyline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and distinctive animated musical December 25, 2001
I was astonished to read ...(this website's) in-house review trashing The Tune. It's one of the most innovative animated musical films of all time. I saw in the early 90s and couldn't get it out of my mind. Finally purchased the soundtrack a few years ago, and it's one of my favorites, with tunes rooted in a dozen genres, from surfer music and rural blues to slick Vegas show tunes, Sondheim-type musings, and commercial country--about the only thing The Tune skips is opera! Bill Plympton's jittery animation works perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Animation, Great Tunes March 13, 2002
This full length film is highly recommended for Bill Plympton fans or fans of edgy animation. A solid effort from one of America's most distinctive animation artists.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated!
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 7 months ago by Trevor
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange little film that manages to be imaginative and joyous but a...
"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 more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Friggin Hilarious!
I've watched this numerous times and you'll either get it or you want. You have to have a pretty warped since of humor, I was happy that my daughter loves it as well. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JEREMY WELLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's item
My son is a collector of these type of art. He is an autistic person. These themes are his favorite.
Published 16 months ago by Adanid Prieto Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tune
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 23 months ago by James Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, Creative Animation
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 more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Gem Bond
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this movie, save your money and time.
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 more
Published on November 5, 2009 by Eric D. Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing Animation
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 more
Published on April 10, 2005 by Chris Sharp
4.0 out of 5 stars Plympton for ALL Ages
Bill Plympton's hand-drawn colored pencil cartoons are a joy to look at, and very funny with their multitudes of visual puns. Read more
Published on November 26, 2004 by
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing...the second time 'round...
If you've only watched this movie once then you haven't experienced it. You need to watch it again because it is then when you'll discover its brilliance. Read more
Published on September 15, 2001 by Jeremy Ryan
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