A tenor, in suit and tie, with a receding hairline, sings a ballad to his love, "Your face is like a song," to simple piano accompaniment. As he sings about his love's face, his own face goes through phantasmagoric changes, beginning with his warbling mouth moving about. As the singing continues, his face twists, turns, explodes, liquefies, becomes block-shaped, multiples, curls, disappears in sections and all at once, and always reconfigures itself serenely into its original shape. As the song ends, the camera pans back revealing the man sitting in a chair on the green field of mother earth. She may have a face and designs of her own. Written by
The odd-sounding voice the man is singing in is actually that of Maureen McElheron. After the song was recorded, the recording was slowed by one-third, giving the desired (and unusual) effect. See more »
There is no story in this animated short: just wild and crazy contortions drawn on a face who is singing a song about "your face." As he sings, almost every conceivable oddity occurs, such as facial parts changing position, head being twisted, cut, pulled inside-out, being chopped into pieces and reforming and so many things you can't describe.
This really is a three-minute piece showing the imagination of the artist. It kept me riveted to my seat, wondering what crazy thing will I see in the next few seconds. Basic, but fascinating material. It was up for an Academy Award.
You can see it on the DVD called "Plympton: The Complete Early Works Of Bill Plympton."
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