Plympton in September 2013
April 30, 1946 |
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Education||Portland State University
School of Visual Arts
|Notable work||Your Face, Idiots and Angels, Guard Dog, Cheatin', The Tune|
Bill Plympton (born April 30, 1946) is an American animator, graphic designer, 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, the son of Wilda Jean (Jerman) and Donald F. Plympton, and was raised on a farm in nearby Oregon City, with five siblings. From 1964 to 1968, he studied Graphic Design at 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, 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 dialogue. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on 26 April 2008, and won a Special Distinction prize 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.
- 1987 Academy Award nomination for Short Animation: "Your Face"
- 2001 Grand Prize for Short Films, Cannes Film Festival Critics' Week
- 2005 1 Academy Award nomination for Short Animation: "Guard Dog"
- 2005 Life Time Achievement (Time Machine Award) SITGES Film Festival
- 2006 Special Career Award - Fantasporto Film Festival
- 2006 Winsor McCay Award; Annie Awards by ASIFA-Hollywood
- 2008 MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) - Cartoonist of the Year, MoCCA Art Festival
- 2010 Delray Beach Film Festival for "The Cow Who Wanted To Be a Hamburger"
- 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
- The Tune (1992)
- I Married a Strange Person! (1997)
- Mutant Aliens (2001)
- Hair High (2004)
- Idiots and Angels (2008)
- Cheatin' (2014)
- Fuck (2005; provided animated sequences)
- Adventures in Plymptoons! by Alexia Anastasio (2011)
- Hitler's Folly (2015) (Mockumentary)
Source unless otherwise noted: Title, Year, Running Time in Minutes and Seconds
- Lucas the Ear of Corn (1977; 4:00)
- Boomtown (1985; 6:00)
- Your Face (1987; 3:10)
- Love in the Fast Lane (1987; 3:00)
- Drawing Lesson #2 (1988; 6:00)
- One of Those Days (1988: 7:50)
- How to Kiss (1989; 6:35)
- 25 Ways to Quit Smoking (1989; 5:00)
- Plymptoons (1990; 6:45)
- Tango Schmango (1990)
- Dig My Do (1990; 4:00)
- The Wise Man (1990: 4:30)
- Push Comes to Shove (1991; 6:30)
- Draw (1993; 2:00)
- Faded Roads (1994; 2:30)
- Nosehair (1994; 7:00)
- How to Make Love to a Woman (1995; 5:00)
- Smell the Flowers (1996; 2:00)
- Boney D (1996; 3:00)
- Plympmania (1996; 8:00)
- Sex & Violence (1997; 8:00)
- The Exciting Life of a Tree (1998; 7:00)
- More Sex & Violence (1998; 7;00)
- Surprise Cinema (1999; 7:00)
- Life (1999, 6:10) (presenter, animator)
- Can't Drag Race with Jesus (2000; 2:00)
- Eat (2001; 9:00)
- Parking (2001; 5:22)
- 12 Tiny Christmas Tales (2001)
- Guard Dog (2004; 5:00)
- The Fan and The Flower (2005; 7:10)
- Guide Dog (2006; 5:45) (sequel to Guard Dog)
- Shuteye Hotel (2007; 7:00)
- Hot Dog (2008) (third in the Guard Dog series)
- Santa: The Fascist Years (2009)
- 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)
- "ABCs of Death 2" (segment-H is for Head Games)
- 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)
- Lovece, Frank (October 23, 2012). "God of Indie Animation Bill Plympton at Gold Coast Film Fest". Film Festival Traveler. Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
Born April 30, 1946, in a Portland, Ore., hospital, Plympton grew up in a family of six kids on a farm in nearby Oregon City.
- "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.
- date= February 2012 "Wise Beyond His Years". Animation Magazine (PerrysPreviews.com).
- 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.
- "Animated Shorts". Plymptoons (official site). Retrieved October 23, 2012.
- Godfrey, Leigh (December 10, 2001). "Bill Plympton's 12 Tiny Christmas Tales To Air On Cartoon Network". Animation World Network. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
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- Media related to Bill Plympton at Wikimedia Commons
- Internet Movie Database
- Official Web Site
- October 28, 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 2, 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