The Tune

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The Tune
Directed by Bill Plympton
Produced by Bill Plympton
Written by Bill Plympton
Maureen McElheron
P. C. Vey
Starring Daniel Neiden
Maureen McElheron
Marty Nelson
Emily Bindiger
Chris Hoffman
Jimmy Ceribello
Ned Reynolds
Jeffrey Knight
Jennifer Senko
Music by Maureen McElheron
Cinematography John Donnelly
Edited by Merril Stern
Production
company
October Films
Release dates
  • September 4, 1992 (1992-09-04) (U.S.)
Running time 69 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Tune is an animated film by American filmmaker Bill Plympton.

Plot summary[edit]

Del, a hard-working songwriter, is trying to write the perfect song for his slimeball boss, Mr. Mega, so he can keep his job and his girlfriend Didi. As he rushes to work, he gets lost in a cloverleaf highway and ends up lost in a town called Flooby Nooby, where he meets the town's singing and swingin' mayor, an Elvis-impersonating dog, a noseless cab driver, and a psychotic bellhop as he tries to get to Mr. Mega's office to deliver the song.

Background[edit]

The Tune, Bill Plympton's first animated feature, premiered September 4, 1992,[citation needed] after runs at Sundance and Cannes.[citation needed] It incorporates earlier shorts released by Plympton, including The Wiseman (1991), Dig My Do (1990), and Tango Schmango (1990). Some critics have observed that this content seems out-of-place with the original material for the film.[1] Its music was composed by Maureen McElheron, a longtime friend of Plympton's who has composed the music for most of his films. The Tune was nominated for a number of awards in 1992 and 1993.[citation needed]

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