Bill Plympton is an Acadamy Award-nominated animator and director whose work is known for being...somewhat unique
. His films and shorts have featured everything from outlandish 1950s-style monsters to musicals about sexual fantasies to the truth about Santa's fascist past.
His animated films are:
- The Tune (1992)
- Mondo Plympton (1997 shorts compilation)
- I Married a Strange Person! (1997)
- Mutant Aliens (2001)
- Hair High (2004)
- Idiots and Angels (2008)
He also did the videos for "Don't Download This Song" and "TMZ"
, and there is currently a documentary being made about him.
Tropes present in his work include:
- All Adult Animation Is South Park - YMMV. While he is very fond of senseless violence and throws in Toilet Humor for the lulz, he doesn't need lame sex jokes - as an independent author, he can show the sex directly, up to plain porn.
- Amusing Injuries - He's at least on par with Tex Avery when it comes to mauling his characters. "When Push Comes To Shove" takes this to Eleven, with a brilliant subversion at the end.
- B-Movie- He likes to homage these
- Bad Santa- Santa: The Fascist Years
- Bestiality Is Depraved - Underground animation would be incomplete without this trope, so to say. As usual, mostly played for Teh Lulz. Remarkably this is the only joke that backfires on the Troll of "Surprise Cinema" (see below): He changes out the wife for an octopus, but underestimates the power of the Anything That Moves trope. Hilarity Ensues.
- Black Comedy
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Bird is the Word". A giant Visual Pun based on the "naughty finger".
- Couch Gag: Did one for The Simpsons, featuring the love between Homer and... his couch. It's surprisingly sad.
- Deranged Animation
- Domestic Only Cartoon: Bill Plympton draws everything himself.
- Film Noir
- Happily Failed Suicide - Egads, which trope should this be filed under, Plympton screwing with them as usual? A man can't find his keys and hangs himself, and what happens is his life flashes before his eyes, until he knows where he left the damn keys. Cut the rope, exit happy man.
- Haunted House - The "Shuteye Motel". Beware the deadly fanged pillow!
- Heroic Dog- Well, a dog that wants to be one...
- Heroic Sacrifice - "The Fan and the Flower". Another Tear Jerker by Bill (don't think he did nothing but Deranged Animation!)
- High School Dance- In Hair High
- L Is for Dyslexia - Dyslexic *sex*, to be precise. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Naughty Nuns- In I Married a Strange Person
- Our Angels Are Different
- Our Mermaids Are Different - One is jobbing as ticket maid at the cinema, and the other..."The New Act at Aqua Land"...nuff said.
- Seemingly Wholesome '50s Girl
- Take That - One of the shorts Bill did was a scathing parody of abstract animation called Spiral. Was actually controversial within the independent animation community and angered many abstract animators. One of them, Steven Woloshen, did a film rebutting called, well, Rebuttal.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics - In "Nosehair". Hairs?? Very simple - the female hair is curvy, the male one edgy.
- The Paranoiac: A canine one in "Guard Dog". It doesn't end well for his master...
- Toilet Humor - Loads. Best one: "The building left Elvis!"
- Troll - "Surprise Cinema". It NOT only hurts when you laugh.