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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.


"Bill Plympton is God!"
- Matt Groening, Creator of ‘The Simpsons‘

"If Bill Plympton is God, “Adventures in Plymptoons!” is heaven!”
- Morgan Spurlock, Director "Super-Size Me" and "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope."

"Bill [Plympton] is an extraordinary animator. He has an extraordinary mind…. He seems to get right to the depth of the human condition."
- Terry Gilliam

"Bill Plympton's imagination, and the way that he was able to deconstruct animation….was something I'd never seen before."
- Mathew Modine

"I think he's one of the few guys who does what I say people should do, which is your own films….Bill's a great animator."
- Ralph Bakshi

"You don't want to meddle with genius…Bill's just amazing."
- Weird Al

"Bill has an impossible ability to carelessly marry the absurd with the profound. I've always just loved his stuff."
- Seth Green

"Bill Plympton just keeps on creating his amazing cartoons, a true American artist."
- John Landis

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