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Plymptoons - The Classic Works of Bill Plympton (Special Edition) (1985)

Bill Plympton  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Directors: Bill Plympton
  • Writers: Bill Plympton, P.C. Vey
  • Producers: Bill Plympton
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • 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: Indie DVD
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2002
  • Run Time: 6 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000687D2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Plymptoons - The Classic Works of Bill Plympton (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Plympton Rarities: Rare early footage of and by Bill Plympton
  • Commentary tracks with Bill Plympton
  • See the comics that inspired the films
  • Watch as a feature or to the individual films
  • Two exclusive Bill Plympton featuretts

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Chances are, you’ve seen Bill Plympton’s animation everywhere. Plympton’s unique "morphing style" animated short films have been nominated for an Academy Award©, seen in innovative commercials and have been featured on MTV and in "Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation." This special edition DVD release also includes the original cartoons published in Rolling Stone, Playboy and National Lampoon that inspired the later films. Among the Animated Shorts included on the disc are: "Your Face", "25 Ways to Quit Smoking" and "Self Portrait".

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Chances are, you've seen Bill Plympton's animation everywhere. Plympton's unique "morphing style" animated short films have been nominated for an Academy Award(c), seen in innovative commercials and have been featured on MTV and in "Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation." This special edition DVD release also includes the original cartoons published in Rolling Stone, Playboy and National Lampoon that inspired the later films. Among the Animated Shorts included on the disc are: "Your Face", "25 Ways to Quit Smoking" and "Self Portrait".

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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD December 29, 1999
Format:DVD
The 16 animated shorts on this DVD represent a wide array of animation styles, all Academy Award winners and nominees from 1978-1990.
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!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The world according to Plympton March 22, 2000
Format:DVD
Thanks to frequent exposure on MTV and several touring animation festivals, Bill Plympton's distinctive style is now widely recognized, even if the man behind the pencil isn't. While it's not really 'the complete works,' this DVD collects an hour's worth of his early short films, from his cut-out animation piece "Lucas, The Ear of Corn" from 1977 to 1990's "Plymptoons," a medley of his numerous 'microtoons' that were featured regularly on MTV's "Liquid Television." He earned a 1988 Oscar nomination for Best Animation with "Your Face," a musical short scored and sung by Maureen McElheron (who Plympton would work with again on his feature film "The Tune"). For the sake of completeness, we also get his television commercials for "Trivial Pursuit" and "Nutrasweet," a public service message on acid rain (another MTV staple), and his 1987 TV pilot for "Love In The Fast Lane," a series that never got picked up. Whether you already know the man's work, or you just enjoy attending animation festivals, this disc is a decent showcase of some of his short films. For more by Bill Plympton, check out "Mondo Plympton," which features more of his recent work.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AKA Plymptoons done the right way.... August 14, 2004
Format:DVD
If there is any confusion between this DVD and 'The Complete Works of Bill Plympton', relax, this is very nearly the same DVD.

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.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD! May 12, 2002
Format:DVD
I would highly reccomend this DVD to any animation fan. There are a few shorts that are not up to the others ("A Greek Tragedy", "Your Face") but there are no really bad selections. There are a few standouts, however. "The Great Cogniteo" is a hillarious visual fest, from the guy who did the "Calafornia Raisans" commercials; "Crac!" a long but undeniably clever veiw of Montreal from the veiw of a rocking chair; "The Big Snit", and "The Cat Came Back", two Canadian shorts that contain more laughs than most feature films; and "Balance", a powerful claymation film, which seems to be making a statement against the Bush-area communisum threats. The DVD is worth it just for those selections. 10 out of 10 for whoever compiled this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag December 5, 2004
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-- but the good ones are very good.

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.

//wiredweird
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid collection
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Moknbyrd
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond interesting
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 more
Published 7 months ago by M. Germano
3.0 out of 5 stars What?
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 9 months ago by Paul Burt
5.0 out of 5 stars so glad i bought it
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 22 months ago by spickme
4.0 out of 5 stars You either love em or hate em
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning This Tape doesn't have any works of bill plymptoon on it!!!
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 more
Published on November 28, 2008 by Cynthia G. Beimel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Relic of Excellence
About 10-12 years ago, this movie was in virtually every college campus store that had a decent animation department. Read more
Published on August 7, 2007 by Lucas Nishimoto
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE re-release or reprint this!!
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 more
Published on September 26, 2006 by Daniel M. Hobbs
1.0 out of 5 stars this is crap
Don't waste your money. There are 19 shorts:
-Four of them are just commercials and who wants to pay money to watch commercilas? They're not even good commercials. Read more
Published on May 23, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardly the world�s greatest � but it has some real gems
The Film Board of Canada picked a pretentious title for this DVD; quite often it justifies itself, but of course not at all times. Read more
Published on April 24, 2004 by Itamar Katz
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