Mary Poppins Returns
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The story is stuffed with exaggeration, elongation, elaboration, but it's all in the service of making a commonplace circumstance - love - look like it feels when it happens to you, i.e. the very opposite of commonplace.
Plympton will be cheated if "Cheatin'" doesn't at least get nominated for a best animated feature Oscar.
The whole range of human emotion - love, lust, anger, jealousy, despair, grief - is felt through Plympton's animation. It's just a shame that his boundless creativity doesn't extend to the narrative.
The film is extremely rich in visual inventiveness and depth of feeling -- with numerous sequences that could almost pass muster as individual shorts.
Bill Plympton's latest feature-length animation, about a loving couple riven by infidelity, contains some of his loveliest fantasy sequences, though the gap between his visual and storytelling skills persists.
At times it comes to life, but for the most part it's a bit one-note and repetitive.
Cheatin' has a real knack for illustrating a fascinating moment that just so happens to involve characters.
There's a messy beauty to the scribbled hatching and extremely loose shapes jittering in their imperfections from one frame to the next.
Movement is of the essence here, and it's really something to see these irrepressibly protean figures put through their emotional paces.
Now and again, the movie feels like a compilation of short "Plymptoons" that happen to share a theme and a pair of characters.
By far the best of the four or five of the seven Plympton features that I've seen. What he used to do with faces, he now does with figures, abstracting them to Plastic Man arms and s-curves.
Perhaps [Plympton's] most ambitious and visually impressive work yet.
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