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TUNE - DVD Movie

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • 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 (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029NKT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,338 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bill Plympton's The Tune" on IMDb

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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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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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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 his tyrannical boss, but it's really just an excuse to illustrate strange and humourous situations to jingles that are guaranteed to get stuck in your head (I'll just say two words: "Flooby nooby").
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I've watched this numerous times and you'll either get it or you won't. You have to have a pretty warped since of humor, I was happy that my daughter loves it as well. She can't stop singing the songs.
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By A Customer on December 11, 2000
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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 this...this...is 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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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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"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. The Tune is particularly simple and sweet story about a man named Del finding the means to make a great song for his money-obsessed boss but he finds himself going through a spiritual journey taking him to a musical town known as Flooby Nooby.

As one might think of a spiritual journey, the film's visuals are jam-packed with Plympton's signature shaky, cross-hatched cel animation style and surrealist quirks (morphing characters, dancing food, bizarre scenarios, and twitching eyes). This is put into very good effect for the majority but the film does drag on to become a bit of a drag (even at 69 minutes with long scenes and shots of people dancing or bashing heads) and the narrative feels a bit too thin for its own good. Thankfully, the vivid humour and satirical cues to the history of music keeps the film alive and intriguing (everything from jazz, blues, rock, pop ballad, California surf rock, and country/folk). The songs associated with Del's character (My Love for You, Be My Only Love) are extraordinarily done and provoke a sense of joy, sadness, and humour about it that is missing in a commercially-done animated film (which I won't name names).

The Tune is much in the spirit of a Disney film with more adult appeal even if not crude or explicit (much like Roger Rabbit and Fritz the Cat did) and the potency of interest for LSD users (not that they really should be using that substance to see this).
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