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I Married a Strange Person (1998)

Charis Michelsen , Tom Larson , Bill Plympton  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charis Michelsen, Tom Larson, Richard Spore, Chris Cooke, Ruth Ray
  • Directors: Bill Plympton
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783241240
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Married a Strange Person" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Because two copulating birds bash into his satellite dish, the blandly handsome Grant develops godlike powers. When he and his new bride Kerry have sex, the entire house joins in, from the soap dish to the electric sockets. Grant manipulates her breasts to form balloon animals; he changes her into a blonde, then a nun, then the Statue of Liberty. Basically, he's become an animator like his creator Bill Plympton, able to make the world reflect his every id-driven whim. Is it any wonder that Kerry begins to question if Grant is still the same straight-up guy she married? Plympton's new animated movie, I Married a Strange Person!, opens with a quote from Picasso: "Ah, good taste, what a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativity." Plympton has taken this perhaps a little too much to heart, but with a good dose of sprightly charm. Plympton's drawing style vibrates, shimmies, and pops with boyish cheer. The movie is regularly punctuated with breezy songs that you'd imagine sound great on a ukulele, sung by some guy in a straw boater. Over-the-top sex and violence and crazed excursions into the origin of belly-button lint combine to produce a weird, sparkling movie. I Married a Strange Person! is clearly the pure product of Plympton's imagination, without any meddling from studio executives. --Bret Fetzer

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, to see the world through Mr. Plympton's eyes. September 2, 2000
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I've been a fan of Mr. Plympton's work for a long, long time. When the animation collection films would tour through the city I reside in, it was always a pleasant surprise to view one of his shorts. He's a gifted illustrator, with an uncommon sense of humor, which just seems to coincide with mine. I leapt at the chance to buy this film, "I Married a Strange Person", as soon as I found out about it. I'm glad I did. This film's quite excessive references to sex and violence were, in my mind, spoofing various other works of animation, such as "Aeon Flux" or any number of popular Japanese "adult" Anime. The overall look of the movie is more polished than on his other full-length animated film, "The Tune" (which I also enjoyed). I held off on giving this 5 stars only because I am sure that most of the general movie-going public wouldn't go see this. But most of the movie going public is not enamored with animation. I loved it, though. If it makes me laugh, it's definitely worth my money; and I laughed quite a bit.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme in every sense! March 29, 2002
By Zippy
I was browsing through the under $10 DVD shelf at my local video store; there were the usual suspects of the shelf: troma flicks, low budget sci-fi's, and then something truely unique that cought my eye "I Married A Strange Person." I read the back of the case and decided to wing it and buy it without seeing it first.
Long story short: I absolutely loved it! Its excessive sex and violence are portrayed in a surreal and manner that draws you in. The humor is very off beat and crude, yet witty (similar to a Bukowski novel). One of the best aspects of the film is the goofy, but well written songs, with lyrics like "Would you still love me if I followed the fad, dressed like a shad, and blew your dad?," that reflect the film's tone. Another brilliant aspect of the film is the use of the greed towards "the lobe", to gain ultimate power, which is so reflective of the present day's developed nations.
As much as I loved the film, I would have to make a warning: This film is very extreme in its sex and violence, and over all is not intended to please the general movie going public. I would suggest this mainly to fans of Charles Bukowski and John Waters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!! May 31, 2001
This film is not meant for the general population. If you are easily offended, put it down and slowly walk away. Otherwise, prepare to laugh your head off. Having been a fan of Bill Plympton's for some time, I purchased this film without even seeing it first. I definitely got my money's worth. I was laughing so hard I thought I was going to puke. It is an excellant piece of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tell EVERYONE, just do it quiet. October 22, 2006
Disney, Pixar, Miyazaki, and most other popular animation houses have nothing on this. Sometimes as few as four frames a second. Often you see all the crayon marks. Often he'll skip into another style of animation all together. Plympton is the David Lynch of animation. Gory, sexy, twisted, surreal.

Plympton is a true auteur. He designs everything himself, collaborating with as few people as possible. He has a small team of colourists, with all the animation either done or overseen closely himself. The result is always surprising, eclectic and surreal. Creating something lacking from ALL the visual art's these days which is a sense of its own logic. `Where Tears Come From' is a perfect example. We all know it's not true, but which is more fun to believe? Does your average man on the street ever REALLY need to know what causes a tear? So why is it important for Bill to let us in on the facts when the version here is so much more fun.

I was first introduced to Plympton via the adapted version of one of his shorts or Plymptoons as they are dubbed. Used to advertise Nik-Nak's- a British snack. I loved it but thought it was a one off. Then one night I was trying to sleep with the TV on, and The Tune was being screened as part of Animation week on Channel 4, it woke me up, and I stayed up to watch it. Surprised to find that the original version of the Nik-Nak advert was part of The Tune, as well as a short in it's own right.

A lot of criticism towards Plympton is aimed at the fact that his storylines are thin and pointless and badly executed, but this is in itself a pointless criticism as something important has been missed. This ain't Hollywood. Linear narrative can sit perfectly well as second to invention and imagination.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, inventive and side-splittingly funny April 9, 2004
`I Married a Strange Person' is (I think) Bill Plympton's second full-length animated film (is that right? I'm not sure), and does not disappoint for a minute. Like `The Tune', `I Married a Strange Person' is a completely original animation film, done in Plympton's completely unique style, and is extremely visually inventive and creative. It's also incredibly funny, and creates some wonderful, hilarious characters. Even for Plympton, it's unusually twisted and bizarre, full of sex and violence at their most hilarious. Also some brilliant musical segments with songs by Plympton's old collaborator Maureen McElheron (`I'm happy, you're happy, everybody's happy...')
So, for Plympton fans, and any fan of adult animation or underground cinema, this film is highly recommended. Still, to be fair, a few words of caution: `I Married a Strange Person' is extremely hard-core, with very explicit (though hilarious) scenes of sex and violence. There is, in fact, one (funny and inventive) sex scene that lasts over five minutes. The plot, also, makes very little sense, and the movie often seems to be weirdness and sickness for weirdness' and sickness' sake. If that doesn't bother you, buy it, by all means. If you have a sense of humor and are not easily offended, `I Married a Strange Person' will be a pleasure. If you're a Plympton fan, don't even think twice - this is one of his best works. If you're not familiar with his work, by all means familiarize yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like *very* odd movies than this is the movie for ...
I saw this movie years ago. I've been looking for a DVD copy of it off and on for years.
If you like *very* odd movies than this is the movie for you. Read more
Published 17 days ago by ThatDude
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is amazing. Plimpton has an excellent sense of humor and...
This movie is amazing. Plimpton has an excellent sense of humor and a unique style.
Published 3 months ago by Puck
4.0 out of 5 stars glad i found this
I saw this movie at random and just had to have it on DVD. My husband first saw it and called it a sex movie instantly. I insisted it was much more than that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jennifer sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars I Watched a Strange Movie
I knew that I enjoyed this movie before ordering it. Had it on VHS and lent it to someone and haven't seen it since. I've lent out my new DVD and hope to see it again!
Published 8 months ago by lynne
4.0 out of 5 stars I Married a Strange Person
Great animated feature, and an interesting story. I didn't know what to expect when I bought the movie, but after I saw it I practically forced a few of my friends to come over and... Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by Zarathustra
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Plympton is freekin GOD!
Oh god where do I start,it only took the first 5 min. of this flick to hook me in I absolutley love this movie,in the past 3 weeks I've watched it at leats 10 times or so,I loved... Read more
Published on October 3, 2009 by Deborah VanDerKar
4.0 out of 5 stars Insanity and sex and violence
basically this entire movie can be summed up into two words: acid trip. the film certainly seems this way as it showcases some crazy animation (a man getting chased on a lawnmower... Read more
Published on April 11, 2004 by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Plympton Gets Naughty
If you have not seen or are simply just not a fan of Bill Plympton's work, this movie probably isn't for you. Read more
Published on October 24, 2003 by Lucas Chatfield - musician
4.0 out of 5 stars This is insane.. I love it!!
This animated filth-filled film is a trip. Packed with animated violence, gore, sex and nudity it's a rare guilty pleasure for the insane side of us all. Read more
Published on January 19, 2003 by Moviebuffer101
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing!
I am a huge Bill Plympon fan. This film, however, was a bit of a dissapointment for me. For some reason, I just couldn't get into it. Perhaps it was too sex-heavy for too long. Read more
Published on December 27, 2002 by "Big Band" John
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