Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I'm happy to announce a great new added feature to Scribble Junkies!
As you all know, I'm currently working on my feature animated film, "Cheatin'", and I thought it would be fun to take all of you on a tour of my production process for the creation of this new feature film. My producer Desirée Stavracos will be filming me every so often (around every 2 weeks or so) for an update on what I'm working on this week, and tips to my work habits and drawing styles.
You'll be intimate witnesses to the Plympton style of film-making. Hopefully at the end of the process -- next year -- you'll all be able to see the film in its glory in a cinema near you. (I can dream, can't I?)
So watch this site for "The Cheatin' Production Blog" coming soon!
Tell all your friends, and I encourage comments pro and con!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Okay, I screwed up – I made a big booboo, I blundered. I'm sorry! I forgot to give you, my dear readers, a heads up about my cameo appearance on “The Simpsons” from Sunday, April 15th.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I've known Don since he was a student in college, and he was producing these great crazy shorts “Lily and Jim”, “Ah L'Amour”, “Billy's Balloon”. I believe I first met him at a Spike & Mike show.
We also did a traveling show together called “The Don and Bill Show”. We kicked it off by appearing on stage at the famed Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas.
Anyway, he's now doing his U.S. Tour, and planned to make an appearance at the IFC Film Center, they wanted to introduce him and stage a Q&A. As I approached the Cinema I noticed a big line. I assumed it was for Abel Ferrara's film “4:44”, but no! It was the crowd for Don's show in the prestigious main cinema.
Wow, that's great! How often do you see indie animators selling out at a mainstream cinema? The crow was very enthusiastic and had a lot of very probing questions about his work and life. He did a signing and DVD sales upstairs in the lounge, although he spent way too much time talking to everyone who visited his table – I'm much more impatient and I try to move the crowd along.
Don showed me his award-winning show “It's such a beautiful day”.
Now initially, Don was very faithful to my “Plympton's Dogma” (short, cheap, and funny) but since he created his “Bill” triology, he's strayed from my formula for success – but the films are more popular than ever. So much for my dogma!
Don is my hero – he makes very complicated and avant guard personal films that are extremely popular with the audience. I tip my cartoon hat to the master.
Please check out his show when it comes to your town! I score Don's show an A+.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
It was one of those beautiful spring days -- the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the tourists were on a rampage. I had a big crowd at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Springs, Maryland. Afterwords they all wanted to talk about my revitalization of Winsor McCay's "The Flying House".
Later I got a tour of Washington DC in its prime in a Chevy Volt -- they were one of the sponsors of the festival, obviously because of its green energy powered battery engine.
On Saturday, Sandrine and I had a free day to explore, and even though the weather sucked, we were able to visit Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the Air Space Museum.
I was particularly interested in the National Gallery of Art -- terrific work by Ed Hopper, Edward Hicks, Andrew Wyeth, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Jacques Louis David, and Van Gogh. There was also a great exhibition of Picasso's very early work when he was a teen that puts my early work to shame.
I hope to visit the National Gallery again, but next time spend some quality time with the paintings.
I give the Environmental FF a green B+.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I was met at the Rome airport by Alessandro, the head of the 9 year old festival. He's a great guy, and was justly proud of the fact that the festival takes no government money -- it's truly an independent, like me.
They held the festival in a wonderful old cinema from the Mussolini era. The large deco theater was packed with 600 adoring fans for my show. It seems it's very difficult to be an animator in Italy -- apparently Berlusconi is not so hot for animation. Consequently, a lot of young artists move to France, or the States.
On my day off, Alessandro and Noemi took me for a grand tour of Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. The ruins were truly magnificent.
The closing ceremonies were a lot of fun. All the films were excellent. But Alessandro stated that there was a problem with the submissions -- too many dark, depressing films. So come on all you funny Americans, send all those hilarious shorts to Cortoons in Roma -- the Italians are waiting!
I give the Cortoons Festival a B+.