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Bill Plympton



An Oscar-nominated animator and cartoonist, Bill Plympton has been amusing and provoking audiences with his surrealist, off-kilter take on everyday life for years. Born in Portland, Oregon, on April 30, 1946, Plympton developed a fascination with animation as a child. Frequently trapped indoors due to Oregon's rainy climate, he spent hours nurturing both his drawing skills and animation. At the age of 14, he sent some of his cartoons to Disney, only to be told that he was too young to work as an animator, but that his drawings showed promise. After college and a stint in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War, Plympton moved to New York City, where he began serving a long tenure as an illustrator, cartoonist, and magazine designer. His illustrations graced the pages of such diverse publications as The New York Times, Vogue, House Beautiful, Penthouse, Rolling Stone, and Glamour. In 1975 he began the cartoon strip Plympton in the Soho Weekly News. By 1981, the strip was syndicated in over 20 newspapers throughout the country.



In 1983, Plympton was approached to animate his first film, a short for Android Sister Valeria Wasilewski's production of Jules Feiffer's song Boomtown. The finished product gave Plympton the motivation to make his own animated film, entitled Drawing Lesson #2 (1987). That same year, in collaboration with songwriter Maureen McElheron, Plympton made Your Face, a beautifully disturbing animated short that earned an Academy Award nomination. The success of the film increased his popularity, and Plympton's work began appearing with increasing frequency on MTV and at various animation festivals, and following a string of prize-winning shorts ("One of Those Days," "How to Kiss," "25 Ways to Quit Smoking," and "Plymptoons"), he decided to make his first feature-length film. The result was The Tune (1992), an animated musical comedy about a harried songwriter's desperate search for inspiration. Sections of the film were released as shorts to finance the production, and one of them, "Push Comes to Shove," won the Prix du Jury at the 1991 Cannes Festival. Meanwhile, Plympton was asked to make a few TV commercials and duly produced highly original work for such products as Trivial Pursuit and NutraSweet.



Deciding he wanted to try his hand at live action, Plympton first made J. Lyle and then, in 1996, Guns on the Clackamas. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a fictional disastrous Western, it was a satirical poke at egomaniacal directors and was inspired by the 1937 movie Saratoga, in which star Jean Harlow died during the filming and a stand-in was used to finish the production.



Subsequently returning to animation, Plympton once again ventured into the realm of the bizarre with So I Married a Strange Person in 1997. The story of a newlywed couple's less than typical adventures on their wedding night, it was a politically incorrect, adults-only affair that invited such descriptions as "Akira with humor" and "an animated Pulp Fiction." It provided a nice predecessor for his Sex and Violence (1998), another delightfully warped addition to Plympton's famously bizarre resume.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
  • Director
2015
86% Cheatin'
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2015
No Score Yet The Loneliest Stoplight
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2015
77% ABCs of Death 2
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Footprints
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet 25 Ways To Quit Smoking
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet Adventures In Plymptoons!
  • Actor
2012
72% The People vs. George Lucas
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Surprise Cinema
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet An Evening With Bill Plympton
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet The Flying House
  • Producer
  • Director
2011
93% Idiots and Angels
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2010
No Score Yet The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2010
No Score Yet Bill Plympton's Dog Days
  • Director
2009
70% The Animation Show - Year 4
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Hot Dog
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Guide Dog
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2006
No Score Yet Shuteye Hotel
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Plymptoons - Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton
  • Director
2006
75% Hair High
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2004
No Score Yet Plymptoons: The Classic Works of Bill Plympton
  • Director
2002
38% Mutant Aliens
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2001
70% I Married a Strange Person
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1998
No Score Yet Guns on the Clackamas
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1996
No Score Yet The Tune
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Plymptoons
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet How to Kiss
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1989
No Score Yet Your Face
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987

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