Mondo Plympton

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Animated, Biography, Comedy

Semi-autobiographical and thoroughly warped, this tiptoe through the work of cartoonist turned animator Bill Plympton will delight existing fans -- many of whom first encountered him on MTV or Fox TV's short-lived The Edge (1992-93) -- and might make him some new ones. More than just a collection of his greatest hits, this strange trip down memory lane...read more

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Semi-autobiographical and thoroughly warped, this tiptoe through the work of cartoonist turned animator Bill Plympton will delight existing fans -- many of whom first encountered him on MTV or Fox TV's short-lived The Edge (1992-93) -- and might

make him some new ones. More than just a collection of his greatest hits, this strange trip down memory lane employs a cartoon version of Plympton himself to string together a series of shorts and excerpts from longer works (including a snippet of Plympton's little-seen, positively David Lynchian

live-action feature J. Lyle), with behind-the-scenes recollections and commentary. Plympton's grotesque, occasionally juvenile caricaturist's sensibility isn't to all tastes -- and be warned, just because his work is animated doesn't mean you automatically want to take the kids -- but his

world of burping mailboxes, ballistic breasts and monstrous, mutating faces is unquestionably unique. Among the film's highlights are two unaired commercials -- for Soloflex exercise machines and the Oregon Lottery -- that ran into trouble for being excessively violent; a tour of the military

industrial complex with the chirpy Android Sisters; and that J. Lyle excerpt, which gives new meaning to the admonition "Listen to your gut."

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Semi-autobiographical and thoroughly warped, this tiptoe through the work of cartoonist turned animator Bill Plympton will delight existing fans -- many of whom first encountered him on MTV or Fox TV's short-lived The Edge (1992-93) -- and might make him… (more)

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