|Born||Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|Training||University of California, Santa Barbara|
Bill Plympton is an American animator, cartoonist, director, screenwriter and producer best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated animated short Your Face and his series of shorts Guard Dog, Guide Dog, Hot Dog and Horn Dog.
Bill Plympton was born in Portland, Oregon, to Don and Wilda Plympton. From 1964 to 1968, he attended Portland State University, where he was a member of the film society and worked on the yearbook. In 1968, he transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he majored in cartooning. He graduated from SVA in 1969.
Plympton's illustrations and cartoons have been published in The New York Times and the weekly newspaper The Village Voice, as well as in the magazines Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and National Lampoon. His political cartoon strip Plympton, which began in 1975 in the Soho Weekly News, eventually was syndicated and appeared in over 20 newspapers. His distinctive style is easily recognized.
Plympton is reputedly[where?] the first animator in the history of animation to hand-draw every frame for an animated feature film (The Tune, 1992) by himself. Signe Baumane, also a director and animator, has been inking and painting Plympton's cels for many years. As of 2012[update], Plympton had created over 40 animated short films and six animated features. He has also published a comic book, The Sleazy Cartoons of Bill Plympton. Plympton usually publishes a graphic novel version during the production of each feature in order to raise money for the film itself.
Plympton, together with other independent New York City animators, has released two DVDs of animated shorts, both titled Avoid Eye Contact. His work also appeared on the 1992–1993 Fox comedy series The Edge; on MTV during the late 1980s; and on MTV's animated series Liquid Television in the early 1990s. In 1995, he contributed animation and graphics to a computer game collection, Take Your Best Shot.
From 2001 to 2003, he teamed with Don Hertzfeldt for the touring "The Don and Bill Show", which played throughout the United States. In 2005, Plympton animated a music video for Kanye West's "Heard 'Em Say". The following year, he created the music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Don't Download This Song".
The actress Martha Plimpton, a distant relative of his, served as associate producer on Plympton's animated feature Hair High (2004), doing much of the casting. The movie's voice cast included her father Keith Carradine and her uncle David Carradine. Plympton contributed animation in the History Channel series, 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, to illustrate the events of Shays' Rebellion.
Plympton's 2008 80-minute feature, Idiots and Angels presented by Terry Gilliam, had no dialog. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on 26 April 2008, and was nominated in the feature film category at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2008.
In 2011, Plympton collaborated with child film critic Perry Chen on Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest, a 2011 short animated film directed by Kevin Sean Michaels, about actress and Holocaust survivor Ingrid Pitt.
- 2011 20th Annual Cinema St. Louis Film Festival (traditional name: St. Louis International Film Festival), Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2011 Burbank International Film Festival, Pioneer in Theatrical Animation Award
- 2011 Action On Film International Film Festival, Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2010 Delray Beach Film Festival for "The Cow Who Wanted To Be a Hamburger"
- 2008 MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) - Cartoonist of the Year, MoCCA Art Festival
- 2006 Special Career Award - Fantasporto Film Festival
- 2006 Windsor McCay Award; Annie Awards by ASIFA-Hollywood
- 2005 2nd Oscar Academy Award Nomination for Short Animation "Guard Dog"
- 2005 Life Time Achievement (Time Machine Award) SITGES Film Festival
- 2001 Grand Prize for Short Films, Cannes Film Festival Critics' Week
- 1987 1st Oscar Nomination Academy Award for Short Animation "Your Face"
- The Tune (1992)
- Mondo Plympton (1997 shorts compilation)
- I Married a Strange Person! (1997)
- Mutant Aliens (2001)
- Hair High (2004)
- Idiots and Angels (2008)
- Cheatin' (2013)
- Fuck (2005)
- Adventures in Plymptoons! by Alexia Anastasio (2011)
- Lucas the Ear of Corn (1977)
- Boomtown (1985)
- Drawing Lesson #2 (1985)
- Love in the Fast Lane (1985)
- Your Face (1987)
- One of Those Days (1988)
- How to Kiss (1989)
- 25 Ways to Quit Smoking (1989)
- Plymptoons (1990)
- Tango Schmango (1990)
- Dig My Do (1990)
- The Wise Man (1990)
- Draw (1990)
- Push Comes to Shove (1991)
- Nosehair (1994)
- Faded roads (1994)
- How to Make Love to a Woman (1995)
- Smell the Flowers (1996)
- Boney D (1996)
- Plympmania (1996)
- Sex & Violence (1997)
- The Exciting Life of a Tree (1998)
- More Sex & Violence (1998)
- Surprise Cinema (1999)
- Can't Drag Race with Jesus (2000)
- Eat (2001)
- Parking (2001)
- Twelve Tiny Christmas Tales (2001)
- Guard Dog (2004)
- The Fan & The Flower (2005)
- Guide Dog (2006) (sequel to Guard Dog)
- Shuteye Hotel (2007)
- Gary Guitar (2008)
- Hot Dog (2008) (third in the Guard Dog series)
- Santa: The Fascist Years (2008)
- Horn Dog (2009) (fourth in the Guard Dog series)
- The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger (2010)
- ""The Simpsons Couch Gags (s23e18 and s24e15)"" (2012)
- Waiting for her Sailor (2012)
- Tiffany: Death on the Runway (2012)
- Summer Bummer (2012)
- Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 1
- Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 2
- Bill Plympton's Dirty Shorts
- Plymptoons: The Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton (1992)
- Mondo Plympton (2007)
- Bill Plympton's Dog Days (2009)
- Peter Himmelman – "245 Days" (1990)
- Kanye West – "Heard 'Em Say" (2005)
- "Weird Al" Yankovic – "Don't Download This Song" (2006)
- Parson Brown, "Mexican Standoff" (2008)
- "Weird Al" Yankovic – "TMZ" (2011)
- MTV public service announcement "Acid Rain" (1989)
- Trivial Pursuit (3) (1990–91)
- Nutrasweet (1991)
- Soloflex (1992)
- NBC "Peacock Bumper" (1993)
- Taco Bell (1993)
- Nik Naks (UK) (1993)
- Microsoft Windows '95 (1995)
- Geico Direct (6) (1999)
- United Airlines "Signature" (2005)
- "Biography". Plymptoons (official site). Retrieved 2012-04-16.
- Visual Arts Journal. Volume 19, Number 1. Spring 2011. School of Visual Arts. Page 13.
- Moby Games: Take Your Best Shot, September 17, 2000
- "Bill Plympton, Animator - Profile Interview Series Vol. #6". Efilmcritic.com. February 28, 2005. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
- Sex, Death and Pragmatism: Bill Plympton's DIY cartoon cottage industry by Vadim Rizov LA Weekly Thursday, Oct 28 2010
- Animation World News (April 10, 2007): Interview with Plympton
- Tribeca Film Festival Film Guide
- Variety Film Reviews - "Adventures in Plymptoons!" Nov. 1, 2011
- Zahed, Ramin (September 28, 2012). "A Good Time to Watch 'Adventures in Plymptoons!'". Animation Magazine.
- "Wise Beyond His Years". Animation Magazine via PerrysPreviews.com. February 2012.
- Beck, Jerry. "Congratulations Bill Plympton and Sandrine Flament". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
- Plympton, Bill (January 3, 2012). "What I did this Christmas". Scribble Junkies (Plympton official blog). Retrieved October 13, 2012.
- Winsor McCay Award
- "Animated Shorts". Plymptoons (official site). Retrieved October 23, 2012.
- Internet Movie Database
- Official Web Site
- October 28th, 2010 – ActorsEntertainment.com interview (video): Cartoonist Bill Pympton. Host: Comedian Brett Walkow
- October 27, 2010 ep. 34 - ManVsArt.com interview (podcast) with Bill Plympton. Host: Raul Aguirre Jr.
- October 2, 2010 - Zedura Magazine vol.1 iss.4 interview: "Idiots and Angels and Beyond" with Bill Plympton By Molly K Enright
- VX Filmmaker, Aug. 7, 2010, "Exclusive Interview: Bill Plympton" with host Lee Stranahan
- February 2nd, 2009 Season 2, ep.5, pt.2 Time Stamp: 9:50 (video) - PetesBasement.com NYC Comic Con interview: Bill Plympton. Host: Roger of Pete's Basement
- The Sound of Young America public radio program / podcast: Plympton interview
- Zoom In Online / podcast: "On the Circuit: Idiots and Angels"
- Wild West Whoopee Cushion
- Bill Plympton Interview on Notes on the Road