Idiots and Angels (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Idiots and Angels
The dystopia conjured by Idiots and Angels, Mr. Plympton's sixth and best animated feature, suggests Toulouse-Lautrec by way of Charles Bukowski.
Now in his early sixties, Plympton has made his most accomplished feature...his characters resemble images in motion rather than full-on animations, as if a Looney Tunes cartoon made love to a Ralph Steadman sketch.
In some respects, Idiots and Angels shows legendary independent animator Bill Plympton at the top of his game.
Even without a word of dialogue, Plympton's dark fable about the almost unnatural redemption of a lost soul content in its damnation is easily understood, and neatly told.
Audience Reviews for Idiots and Angels
What a delightfully strange movie, and I do legitimately mean that as a compliment. It's impressive that Bill Plympton animated this movie completely on his own. So kudos to Mr. Plympton for that. The movie is certainly very surreal and very funny but at its heart there's actually a good narrative to the film without it actually using any dialogue. The movie definitely gets stranger and darker near the end, but I think it's definitely adds to the movie rather than detract because you do get to see how Angel getting his wings brings out the worst in some people who are full of greed. That being said, the movie is very good but it is an acquired taste. Not everyone will get into its visual style or its surreal, dark humor. I still think it's worth watching, even if you may not like it since it is pretty much different than anything else out there, but it's not like that's the only thing going for it. Hell it even has a good message, not something kid friendly, but not every animated movie needs to be.
A loathsome man who spends his days in a bar and enjoys squashing butterflies grows a pair of wings on his back that have a mind of their own. It features great non-verbal, animated storytelling and inventive animation in that mildly surreal Bill Plympton style, a hip soundtrack by Pink Martini and Tom Waits, and comedy that's wicked and dark without surrendering to nihilism. An under-the-radar winner.
Another decent surreal animation by Bill Plympton. Remarkably done without any dialogue.
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