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"Hitler's Folly" explores what might have happened if Adolf Hitler's art career had been more successful and instead of becoming an evil dictator, he was inspired to become an animator like Walt Disney.
Eden S. Bales,
For goodness knows how long, Bill Plympton has been producing, writing, and animating minimalist cartoons -- or, as he calls them, "Plymptoons." He has rarely, if ever, had much of a budget, so they generally fall into the category of "radio with pictures" or slide shows, with movement providing by a technique that looks like someone has been shaking the cel while it is being shot.
Nonetheless, the Plymptoons have been a consistently excellent series, and the reason is, I feel, that animation is expensive, but writing a good story is merely difficult, and Plympton has mastered the technique of writing this story about a stoplight in the middle of nowhere, to his budgets and getting a lot of talented help.
Here it's the narration of Paton Oswalt and a fine musical score, with someone doing a fine Dobro solo. I think that you'll find this typically quirky story of a public-minded object as engaging as I did.
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