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When it comes to independent animators, Bill Plympton is the undisputed king. His illustrations have been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and National Lampoon. Since 1981, when his political cartoon Plymptoons was syndicated nationally, he has become a major force and inspiration in the animation world. His work is recognized instantly: he's the guy behind the animated morphing heads, which became famous on MTV, as well as the opening credit sequence for The Simpsons. Moving into motion pictures, Plympton earned two Academy Award® nominations, has directed and animated over sixty animation shorts, live action features, music videos, commercials and documentaries including: One of Those Days, How To Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, Plymptoons, The Tune, and Mutant Aliens. He s the only artist who has animated six feature length films ...all by himself. Adventures in Plymptoons! goes deep inside the method and madness of America s most independent animator, creatively incubated in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Interviews with many of Plympton s collaborators, such as Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), David Silverman (Director The Simpsons Movie ), Terry Gilliam (Writer, Monty Python and the Holy Grail ), Martha Plimpton ( The Good Wife ), Matthew Modine ( Full Metal Jacket ), Ed Begley, Jr., Peter Jason, Moby and Weird Al Yankovic, offer candid and comic insights into the irreverent man who has become an international success by not selling out.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Plympton, Tom Kenny, David Silverman, Keith Carradine, Martha Plimpton
  • Directors: Alexia Anastasio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H6GHTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I've shown this film to people who had never even seen Bill Plympton's cartoons. Everyone agrees, it's really entertaining. Not only was this film put together with style, the substance within it is very informative. There are no "dead spots". It moves along at a great pace and you learn something new about Bill's interesting life at each turn. This film is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone interested in learning what goes on in the mind of a creative genius. If you are a filmmaker yourself, you really need to check it out. You'll find yourself refreshed and motivated watching Plympton's own "do it my way" independent attitude. Great stuff and a really funny piece of work (both the film AND Bill Plympton)!

A must see!
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Before I rave about this movie, which I saw theatrically last Spring, I want everyone to know that I'm not a Plympton employee or schill pretending to be a DVD "consumer" posting a good review approved by the filmmaker just to sell DVDs, etc., although since I like DO this film a LOT, I would hope anyone who appreciates good documentaries would actually buy this one, cuz the filmmaker deserves her film to be seen and supported. (Yes, she's a female director.)

The film covers Plympton's life, career, techniques, mistakes, and battles to get his films made and seen with grace and style. Moments of laugh-out-loud humor mix with a warm emotional look at Plympton's irreverent personality and always edgy films,

If you love animation, especially INDIE animation, and/or films about filmmaking in general, you'll definitely want this movie in your DVD collection.

The female director plays along with Plympton's sexy moments in his films, getting a bit edgy herself, delightfully so. At about 90 minutes, the film is just the right length for its content, and covers its ground just as well as the recent autobiographic book on Plympton does, which is also a good read. The film has you rooting for Plympton to make it big (really big, bigger than he is now), and I gladly join this crowd.

I'm not gonna spill any beans and spoil any plot points here by going into details about the film. Suffice to say that I'd be totally surprised if anyone doesn't like this nifty movie once they see it.

You can't go wrong buying it, knowing that you're supporting not one but two very worthy filmmakers who have freed themselves from the Hollywood-creative-stranglehold machine and done it their way.
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Being Bill Plympton fans, my husband and I were excited when we saw that this film was going to be playing at the Tri-State film festival. It exceeded our expectations. The interviews were fun and informative, and the clips from the films just added to our enjoyment. This is a must-see for any fan of Bill Plympton.
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Alexia Anastasio and her crew take an innovative approach to introducing the casual viewer to the influential animator. Bill Plympton created a world where narrative is incidental, imagination is everything, and an old-fashioned sense of craft is the only thing that can bring it to life. Aside from the animation, which speaks for itself, Anastasio predicates the documentary on interviews with Plympton, people who collaborated with him, his relatives and his peers in the animators' brotherhood. That their memories might be faulty or that there might be another agenda between them and the truth or that they're just not taking it seriously is all part of the storytelling -- and far more important than the facts. It's worth the price of admission just to see who shows up to bust Plympton's chops a little: Ed Begley, Keith Carradine, Moby, Terry Gilliam, Ron Jeremy. In fact, it's worth seeing just for Ron Jeremy, as he provides some context as to how a documentarian can facilitate a celebrity interview. (I should mention, this show isn't for kiddies.)

I must admit I had no idea who Plympton was when I first came across this film. Two minutes in, and the lightbulb went off ("Oh, yeah, those freaky short films on MTV about faces eating themselves and guys in business suits hitting each other with sledgehammers.") But I'm amazed at just what kind of ripples he has made in the very disparate communities of fans, animators and critics.

Anastasio is a talented filmmaker, and she's just going to get better and better. Her instinct now is to throw everything in the stew. As she learns to restrain that impulse and let the story tell itself, she'll be bound for glory.
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'Adventures in Plymptoons' is a wonderfully comic and intelligent look at the life and work of famous independent animator Bill Plympton. It perfectly paints a picture of the artist and his work through poignant and often cheeky interviews with Bill and people who were and are still important in his life, interspersed with clips of some of his famous films. I also enjoyed the great indie music score that served the film well. Since then, I have purchased more of Bill's DVD's, and look forward to more from the talented producer and director Alexia Anastasio and her team!
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As far as I am concerned...If you don't watch this film about the life of Bill Plympton you will have missed out. From where he grew up to the current state of life, Alexia Anastasio shows us all how one man came to be who he is. And she does it in a style all her own. If you like indie films, documentaries or animation, then you hit the jackpot with this film.
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