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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.
A dystopian commentary on humankind.
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.
Good battles evil as a gun-running, booze-swilling, cigarette-puffing badass is dragged, kicking and screaming, toward salvation in Bill Plympton's slyly sardonic black comedy, his best animated feature to date.
...the punk rock of animated features: handmade, profane, challenging to the status quo, and occasionally ugly, yet groundbreaking.
A delightful yarn revolving around an age-old showdown between good and evil.
Seldom has a black heart been served up so vividly.
You're not going to come out of the movie a [Plympton] fan if you don't go in as one.
I like to think Plympton would take it as a compliment if I said he sees human beings as little more than a debased sum of bodily functions.
Although this is, in part, a darkly comic exploration of man's inhumanity to man, there is a current of optimism, flowing like the artwork, beneath the story.
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.
Another excellent offering from the great Bill Plympton. This one is more serious than the other films I've seen from him (some might call it pretentious), but just as good. Not a word is spoken throughout the film, yet it states pretty clearly, something people seem to often forget; happiness is fairly easily achieved if you let yourself achieve it.
A very good film.
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