The film is an artistically spare depiction of the Greek myth of Sysiphus, sentenced to eternally roll a stone up a mountain. The story is presented in a single, unbroken shot, consisting ... See full summary »
Much to his surprise, an utter misanthrope is transformed into a reluctant do-gooder, when a glorious pair of angelic snow-white wings sprouts up from his back. Now, everyone in town wants a piece of his feathered appendages.
Sketches. We see human crash tests: a human hits a wall at five miles per hour, 50 mph, and 3000. A woman kisses a man as he listens to his Walkman; through the kiss, she experiences the ... See full summary »
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 »
Pure Plympton--though lacking some of the violence we've all come to love!
While this isn't one of Bill Plympton's best cartoons (it's way too "normal" compared to many of his shorts), it is amazing to watch--especially when you notice that this is all done with what appear to be colored pencils--a rather labor-intensive process. I really liked his insurance ads from a decade ago more--they were very violent yet charming--but still, this is pretty good stuff. Plus, after seeing the PLYMPTOONS DVD, I realize that it's the first film he made that is the classic Plympton style.
The concept is simple: a guy's face and upper body are all you see and rather annoying operatic-style music plays as his face begins to do mega-strange things. His lips pop off and move about, his face repeatedly turns inside out, etc. Also, oddly enough, I thought the guy looked a lot like President Lyndon Johnson.
Very captivating and deceptively simple. You just can't stop watching the weirdness once it begins despite there really being no plot.
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