A parking lot attendant loses his temper when his working place is invaded by a blade of grass. A furious battle ensues...

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A perfectionist Parking Attendant is about to open his new Parking Lot when a tiny blade of grass interrupts the vast sea of cement. This small bit of grass causes great problems as the Attendant uses some rather unorthodox methods of removal. Written by Greg Johnson

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Another Bizarre Beauty From Plympton
23 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Welcome to the strange world of cartoons and the strange imagination of Bill Plympton. The man certainly has his own style not only in story content (which in a word is "weird,") but color-penciled drawings in which, after you've seen a half dozen animated shorts of his, you'll recognize immediately when you see them again in some new cartoon.

This story almost is a like some crazy Grade B science-fiction movie from the 1950s. Call it "The Attack Of The Blade Of Grass," or some such nonsense but that's what it is: a battle between an obsessed parking owner-attendant and a blade of grass, which won't be denied!

The lot attendant just finishes painting his last stripe on the lot, goes to his little booth and gets ready to pull the level to open the gates and let the first cars into his new lot. However, suddenly he spots a blade of grass that just sprouted up from his precious concrete or asphalt surface. He immediately stops what he's doing and runs over to pluck it out. He wants everything perfect.

Well, that sets up the running gag in which the attendant - no matter what he does - cannot get rid of that blade of grass and it drives him insane. All the things he does to attempt to get rid of it are pretty amazing.....and funny. He even draws a crowd of customers waiting to get in which is impatient at first but later is thoroughly entertained watching the man and his outrageous "battle."

It's typical Plympton: totally off the wall, but absurdly entertaining, which includes his artwork. Highly recommended for those who like unique animated material.


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