Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton

Director

Other Roles: Independent Filmmaker, Producer, Other

Areas of Focus: Animation, Feature Films, Shorts

Biography

 
 
 
 

Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film.  Bill moved to New York City from Portland Oregon in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.

In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Prix du Jury; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics’ Week.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he’s made eleven feature films. Eight of them – The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, Cheatin’, and Revengeance – are all animated features.

Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Madonna, Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards. He also animated 6 opening “couch gags” for FOX-TV’s “The Simpsons” and 6 “Trump Bites” shorts using real audio from Donald Trump, which won a 2019 Webby Award.

 
 

Films

Mutant Aliens (2001)

Role: Director

Marooned by design in a strange asteroid inhabited by bizarre creatures, a left-for-dead astronaut miraculously heads back to Earth with a band of abominable mutant aliens to tie up some loose ends, after twenty long years in oblivion.

Hair High (2004)

Role: Director

A gothic ’50s high-school comedy about a love-triangle that goes terribly bad, as two young, murdered teens return to their prom to get revenge.

Idiots and Angels (2008)

Role: Director

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.