Plymptoons – The Complete
Early Works Of Bill Plympton
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: B Film:
one realizes it or not, they have most likely seen or have seen the influence
of Bill Plympton somewhere along the lines.
Whether it’s in a TV commercial, cartoon, film, sketch, TV program, or
even advertising the animation work of Bill Plympton is out there. Plympton is known for his 20 award winning
shorts, which are compiled here in this astonishing collection. His skill with making short black comedy
animations can be seen here as he developed and emerged as a creative
force. What’s great about this
particular set is the fact that you can see his work mature as we journey through
the artists early works and later works of mutilated humor. His career spanned 30 years and this set
contains the complete early works, plus two-never before seen animations. His Academy-Award nominated “Your Face” is also here as well.
The Turn On
Lucas, The Ear of Corn
Drawing Lessons #2
Love in the Fast Lane
One of Those Days
How to Kiss
25 Ways to Quit Smoking
Trivial Pursuit #1
Trivial Pursuit #2
Sugar Delight #1
Sugar Delight #2
Previous Lives #1
Previous Lives #2
At the Zoo
America Upper and Lower Case
ultimately fascinating about Plympton is that he is the man that turned down a
huge deal to work with Disney on the 1992 film Aladdin, but he refused to do work that he would not have the
rights to since all the work done for Disney would be their property. After seeing his work in this collection or
even the more known I Married a Strange
Person it’s no surprise that Plympton is both proud and protective about
retaining his rights as an artist. Like
most true artists, he does not want to bow down to the executive powers that
want to control his work. Instead he
trades fame and fortune for his individuality and self-worth. It’s great to see someone with success through
their own means.
shorts run about an hour and a half, but there are also 2 documentaries on this
disc that really make for some entertainment.
While his shorts make for a good sit-down it’s nice to have some more
insight into the man behind the magic.
All of the shorts are in full-frame with about the best quality
considering the age and source of the material.
The quality gets better with some of the newer sketches and you can see
that jump as he emerges as a more talented individual. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound is also
decent considering the only audio is mainly dialogue and/or music. So this works just fine.
great to have all of these shorts in one place and is a mighty fine
collection. Fans will also want to track
down some of his other work including feature length films.
- Nate Goss