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  • Actors: Tom Kenny, David Silverman, Keith Carradine, Martha Plimpton, Matthew Modine, Ed Begley, Jr., Peter Jason, Moby, "Weird Al" Yankovic Bill Plympton
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • Release Date: Sept. 25 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B008H6GHTW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,654 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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When it comes to independent animators, Bill Plympton is the undisputed king. His illustrations have been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and National Lampoon. Since 1981, when his political cartoon Plymptoons was syndicated nationally, he has become a major force and inspiration in the animation world. His work is recognized instantly: he's the guy behind the animated morphing heads, which became famous on MTV, as well as the opening credit sequence for “The Simpsons.” Moving into motion pictures, Plympton earned two Academy Award® nominations, has directed and animated over sixty animation shorts, live action features, music videos, commercials and documentaries including: “One of Those Days,” “How To Kiss,” “25 Ways to Quit Smoking,” “Plymptoons,” “The Tune,” and “Mutant Aliens.” He’s the only artist who has animated six feature length films …all by himself. Adventures in Plymptoons! goes deep inside the method and madness of America’s most independent animator, creatively incubated in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Interviews with many of Plympton’s collaborators, such as Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), David Silverman (Director “The Simpsons Movie”), Terry Gilliam (Writer, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”), Martha Plimpton (“The Good Wife”), Matthew Modine (“Full Metal Jacket”), Ed Begley, Jr., Peter Jason, Moby and “Weird Al” Yankovic, offer candid and comic insights into the irreverent man who has become an international success by not selling out.

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Genial, enjoyable, but not very deep documentary portrait of gonzo, wildly creative (and twice Academy award nominated) independent animator Bill Plympton.

Director Anastasio takes a jokey tone, as if trying to find the documentary equivalent of Plympton's unique, absurdist style. Right up top, Terry Gilliam pronounces very seriously he's only doing an interview about Plympton to get paid, and Ed Begley Jr. deadpans that he thought he was there to do an interview about Bill Clinton, not Bill Plympton, and gets up to leave. That sort of sets the tone as the film becomes various short, often funny pieces about Plympton's history, philosophy, art and humor.

We only see short bits and pieces of Plympton's work, which can be frustrating, and might make the uninitiated wonder what the fuss is about. To me, Plympton's cartoons are often about nothing as much as the build. The slow repeating of variations on a joke until the very repetition is part of what make it so funny. That's hard to capture in an 85 minute documentary.

Plympton himself comes off as an extremely likable, eccentric character, who seems to have inspired a lot of friendship and good-humored admiration from the many worked with him or befriended him. And there a lot of fun moments here, along with some interesting stories about his life and work. I just wish it felt a little bit less like a celebrity tribute show/comedy roast, and more an exploration of an artist's work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An amazing documentary! Sept. 15 2012
By Jim Lujan - Published on
Format: DVD
I've shown this film to people who had never even seen Bill Plympton's cartoons. Everyone agrees, it's really entertaining. Not only was this film put together with style, the substance within it is very informative. There are no "dead spots". It moves along at a great pace and you learn something new about Bill's interesting life at each turn. This film is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone interested in learning what goes on in the mind of a creative genius. If you are a filmmaker yourself, you really need to check it out. You'll find yourself refreshed and motivated watching Plympton's own "do it my way" independent attitude. Great stuff and a really funny piece of work (both the film AND Bill Plympton)!

A must see!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Film Festival Favorite Sept. 29 2012
By Twinkie's Mom - Published on
Format: DVD
Being Bill Plympton fans, my husband and I were excited when we saw that this film was going to be playing at the Tri-State film festival. It exceeded our expectations. The interviews were fun and informative, and the clips from the films just added to our enjoyment. This is a must-see for any fan of Bill Plympton.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great for Plympton lovers old and new! Dec 8 2012
By SL - Published on
Format: DVD
'Adventures in Plymptoons' is a wonderfully comic and intelligent look at the life and work of famous independent animator Bill Plympton. It perfectly paints a picture of the artist and his work through poignant and often cheeky interviews with Bill and people who were and are still important in his life, interspersed with clips of some of his famous films. I also enjoyed the great indie music score that served the film well. Since then, I have purchased more of Bill's DVD's, and look forward to more from the talented producer and director Alexia Anastasio and her team!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cool movie, even if you'd never heard of Bill Plympton before Dec 4 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
Before this movie, I was completely unfamiliar with Bill Plympton and his work. I'm also not a particularly enthusiastic fan of animation. So when I sat down to watch the film, I was skeptical that it could hold my interest.
Like any good documentary, though, Adventures in Plymptoons does not necessarily require a particular interest in the the exact subject matter it covers. The filmmaker has crafted this film to show a man's journey from young doodler to accomplished - but always unconventional - craftsman. Background, character, choices, collaborators...the stories behind all the facets of Plympton's career combine to form a film story that flows seamlessly and never leaves you bored.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Adventures in Plymptoons! Oct. 23 2012
By Tim Needles - Published on
Format: DVD
The true nature of independence is illustrated in Alexia Anastasio's documentary on Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton who's best known for his eccentric films like "Your Face" and "Guard Dog". The comprehensive documentary includes an array of friends, critics, and fellow animators such as: Terry Gilliam, Matthew Modine, and Weird Al Yankovic who share stories of Bill's creativity, passion, and most of all his unconventionality ranging from the sexuality in his work to his ability to prosper despite remaining on the fringe.

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