Plymptoons - The Classic Works of Bill Plympton (Special Edition)
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They are: CREATURE COMFORTS (Nick Park - winner, 1990); BALANCE (Lauenstein - winner, 1989); TECHNOLOGICAL THREAT (Kroyer - nominee, 1988); THE CAT CAME BACK (Barker - nominee, 1988); YOUR FACE (Plympton - nominee, 1987); A GREEK TRAGEDY (Van Goethem - winner, 1986); ANNA & BELLA (Ring - winner, 1985); THE BIG SNIT (Condie - nominee, 1985); CHARADE (Minnis - winner, 1984); SUNDAE IN NEW YORK - (Picker - winner, 1983); THE GREAT COGNITO (Vinton - nominee, 1982); TANGO (Rybczynski - winner, 1982); THE FLY (Rofuscz - winner, 1980); CRAC! (Back - winner, 1981); EVERY CHILD (Fedorenco and Lamb - winner, 1979); SPECIAL DELIVERY (Wheldon and Macaulay - winner, 1978).
A thoroughly delightful collection!
The "Classic Works" differs from "Complete Works" in that it is a more complete version than the previous VHS and DVD editions of "Plymptoons". The director's commentary, which was badly needed in the first transfer to DVD, finally makes an appearance in this version. Bill's commentary is the reading of some notes at the beginning of each short, some technical, some biographical, all interesting in spite of the monotone in which it is delivered. But, hey, Bill never claimed to be an actor. This version also has a few more 'extras' in the form of a stills gallery. The gallery has some key frames, as well as concepts passed over from "25 Way to Quit Smoking". Also, at the end of "Plymptoons 1990" there is a little extra film footage. There are also a few additional shorts in the 'Rarities' section.
This version is also more NC-17 than the older releases, which are more PG. NOTHING Bill does should ever be called PC, so please don't expect moments of happy smiley crap to come floating out of the screen. The interviews are frank, with some colorful language and explicit footage of some of his later works. For those wishing to encourage the younger animator, the "Complete Works" version is much better suited for the younger audience.
The disc starts with samples of Plympton's early, student work. That's probably of interest to the hard core Plymptomaniac, but I'm not in that category. I found them missable.
Some of the later pieces are outstanding, though. "Your Face" is a twisted classic, an non-stop exercise in transformation. "How to Kiss" (especially the 'nibbling kiss') and "25 ways to stop smoking" are among the more memorable.
Plympton's usual style is spare, simple scenes on a blank white background, drawn in colored pencil. Given the amount of computer-generated japanimation around, it's an enoyable change of pace.
Don't come to this animation looking for "Bugs Bunny" or "Fantasia." It's in a different class altogether. If you're ready for a different look, and for some mind-bending takes on everyday events, give it a shot. You might find yourself hooked.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking for Anna and Bella for some time and am so glad this collection featured the award-winning animated story.Published 10 months ago by Cynthia Williams
For those interested in Bill Plympton, this is a good way to get to know his style. Contains animation collected from his beginnings to more famous MTV and mainstream commercial... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Moknbyrd
I loved this dvd, watched it a bunch of times & still love it. it arrived on time in great condition and the price was the best I could find. Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. Germano
It seems like two different DVDs are being reviewed here, the Plympton one and another compilation of classic animation. Anyone care to straighten this out?Published on December 24, 2013 by Paul Burt
Well it has certainly caused some disagreement but my wife and I love it. We watched each of the 16 pieces many times. We've had it for over 5 years and still enjoy watching it.Published on December 19, 2012 by spickme
You either love these cartoons or you hate them, but I use them when doing lectures or presentations. As examples or parodies, they work well.Published on February 8, 2009 by Henry Wolford
I bought this tape last sunday and I got it today. To the reviews they said that plymptoons would be on it. I watch it the middle I got it and no plymptoons on it. Read morePublished on November 28, 2008 by Cynthia G. Beimel
About 10-12 years ago, this movie was in virtually every college campus store that had a decent animation department. Read morePublished on August 7, 2007 by Lucas Nishimoto
I have not seen this DVD, but I have seen almost all of the animated films it contains, and assuming decent video quality, for once, a title with the word "greatest" would live up... Read morePublished on September 26, 2006 by Daniel M. Hobbs