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Your Face is a short (three minutes!) animated film from 1987, created by the patron saint of Deranged Animation, Bill Plympton.

The entirety of the short (until the last few seconds, that is) is a static shot of a man's face. As a dreamily romantic song plays, the man's face changes and morphs in many bizarre and surreal ways.

The song was written and performed by Maureen McElheron, with the audio slowed down until the singer sounds male.


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  • Deranged Animation: It's a Plympton cartoon. The first thing that happens is that the man's mouth flies off of his face like a butterfly. The surreal tone is maintained throughout.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: After the song is over the camera pulls back to show the man sitting on a chair on the Earth. A giant face opens up in the Earth and swallows him whole.
  • Line Boil: This was early in his career when Plympton drew and re-drew each panel by hand. Thus, Line Boil a'plenty.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The song is a gentle love ballad about how much the singer adores their lover and their lover's beautiful face. This accompanies a man's face morphing and twisting and flipping itself in innumerable bizarre ways.
  • The Stinger: After the credits end, the giant face in the earth reappears and licks its chops.
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  • White Void Room. The man is framed against a white void background.
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