Plymptoons: The Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton
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Mark Mayerson · From fps #8 · June 19, 2006 | Bill Plympton holds a unique place in modern animation. He has managed to survive while resolutely going his own way. Plympton creates the films he wants to, including features, by scaling his designs and animation to his budgets and by offering audiences a consistently humorous experience. While he's taken on commercial work, when it comes to his personal films he doesn't compromise his graphic style or his sense of humour.

Plymptoons: The Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton
Directed by Bill Plympton
New Video Group, 2006
61 minutes

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This DVD covers Plympton's work from 1968 to 1990. It includes early student films and Plympton's well-known shorts such as Boomtown (a collaboration with Jules Feiffer), Your Face, One of Those Days, How to Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, and Plymptoons. In addition, there are TV commercials, MTV segments and a failed TV pitch. The DVD also includes two documentaries on Plympton, sketches from the films, and a short printed biography.

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