Pocket cinema: Bill Plympton’s short films

July 22, 2009

Bill Plympton has an awkward sense of humour while portraying characters in his animated films of which Dog, Horny Chicken, woman, man, Santa, Angel are most popular.

Here are four short animated films by Bill Plympton to introduce you with his distinguished style of making cartoons: Plymtoons, How To Make Love To A Woman, Guard Dog and Guide Dog.


Bill Plympton was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He moved to New York City, upon graduation from Portland State University in Graphic Design. He 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 short “Your Face”. After producing many shorts which appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to features. Since 1991 he’s made 9 feature films, 6 of them, “The Tune”, “Mondo Plympton”, “I Married A Strange Person”, “Mutant Aliens”, “Hair High” and “Idiots and Angels” animated features. In 2005, Bill’s received another Oscar nomination, this time for a short film “Guard Dog”.


Selected awards: Special Distinction Award (Annecy), Award for Best Animated Feature (Animadrid), Award for Best Animated Feature (Cinanima),Audience Award (Monstra), Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Script (FantasPorto)

Selected festival history: Tribeca FF, SICAF, Seattle IFF, Anima Mundi, Animator Poznan, Melbourn IFF, Ottawa Animation Film Festival, Holland Animation Film Festival, Tampere ISFF, Anifest, Stuttgart ITFS. (bio taken from: www.animafest.hr)

Plymtoons (1990)

How To Make Love To A Woman (1995)

Guard Dog (2004)

Guide Dog (sequel to Guard Dog, 2006)

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