Friday, April 5, 2024

SLIDE Screenings - April & May, plus SPRING ART SALE

Hi fans, 

In my last blog post I told you about the screenings of my new feature animated film, "SLIDE" that took place in January and February.  Well, I'm trying to catch up and even get ahead of the game, for one reason, so you will know when and where the screenings are BEFORE they happen!  I figure that this way, if there's one near you, or even far away, you can make plans to go see the film!  If I just let you know after, what good is that, the film already happened!  So now you can expect to see the film at these festivals and you can make some plans - please visit the web-sites for each festival if you want to see their exact programming schedule and find out how to get tickets.  You can just Google it, right? 

Kaboom Animation Festival, Netherlands, April 5-14, 2024

Florida Film Festival, Maitland FL, April 12-21, 2024

ANIMOCJE, Bydgoszcz, Poland, April 14-20, 2024

USA Film Festival, Dallas TX, April 17-21, 2024

International Trickfilm Festival, Stuttgart, Germany, April 23-28, 2024 (outdoor screening)

Worldfest Houston, Houston TX, April 24-28, 2024

Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe NM, April 25-28, 2024

Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, May 5-12, 2024

Anifilm, Czech Republic, May 7-12, 2024

AniMayo Festival, Canary Islands, Spain, May 8-11, 2024

Meknes Animation Festival (FICAM), Morocco, May 10-15, 2024

I'm going to be appearing LIVE in person at the Florida Film Festival, the ANIMOCJE Festival in Poland, the Santa Fe Film Festival, the AniMayo Festival and the Meknes Animation Festival.  Well, I can't be everywhere, but I'm sure going to try!  It can get very tricky, like I said "YES" to too many festivals and accidentally scheduled myself to be in two places at once, which I still can't find a way to do!  My trusted office manager had to step in and get the festival's travel coordinators talking to each other, so we could find a way for me to be at both festivals!

Please come see me at one of those events and buy some merch, I'll do a signed sketch for you!  

In other news, we are going to have another BIG Spring Art sale!  And for the FIRST TIME ever, we'll be selling artwork from "SLIDE"!  I've been working on the film for about 7 years and it's truly been a labor of love.  Now I've finished it, and it looks GORGEOUS!

If you've seen any of my beautiful, early illustrations, you'll see that I've now created an entire feature film in a similar ball-point pen style, then using Prismacolor pencils to make a magnificent, never-before-seen style.  Nobody else would be stupid or crazy enough to make a whole feature film with these tools!  

So I'm offering these primo pieces from "Slide", an animated comedy musical Western, for the first time.  The film has already won four festival awards, and we're looking to release the film theatrically by winter-time.  It's about a slide guitar playing cowboy who cleans up a corrupt and deadly lumber camp town.  You can see the trailer here:

In addition, we'll be selling the art from my previous films during this sale, at the same price structure as before: 

Art from "Your Face" and "The Simpsons" couch gags, $300 per piece plus postage

Art from "25 Ways to Quit Smoking" and "How to Kiss", $200 per piece plus postage

Art from my other older features, shorts and music videos for $100 per piece, plus postage.

The way it all works is, you just e-mail us at and let us know what Bill Plympton film or films you want to buy art from.  If you have a specific image in mind, my staff will track it down IF we still have it.  Or we can send you scans of 5 or 10 drawings from a film and you can choose the one you like.  Postage is then usually $10 if you live in the U.S. or $30 if you live in a different country - BUT if you want to buy several drawings or cels, we can ship them together and you only have to pay the postage once!  

We're really close to running of art from some of my older films, so if you want to buy signed original art from "Your Face" or "How to Kiss" you need to e-mail us very soon!  Don't delay! 

I still have bills from the post-production on "Slide" so I'm willing to open up the archives and dust off the old bins of art from "The Tune" and "I Married a Strange Person" and "Mutant Aliens", just let us know which films you're most interested in and we'll get your animation art collection going!

You can see some of the available art from "Slide" posted below - but there's a lot more!  Just give us an e-mail and let us know what art you're interested in!


Bill Plympton

Friday, March 8, 2024

SLIDE screenings - January + February


I used to go to the Sundance Festival every couple of years - but it's become much tougher to get any film into that festival, plus they only accept Premieres, and we'd already screened "Slide" at a few festivals as a work-in-progress.  So we entered the film into Slamdance, which usually only accepts feature films from first-time filmmakers, except they have a "Breakouts" section for non-first timers, and I happen to be an alumni of Slamdance, having screened my feature "Hair High" there in 2004, and other films over the years. So when I heard it got in I just HAD to go to Park City, and my super-producer Daniel Neiden joined me there. 

Big problem, all of the local hotels were overbooked, even though they were charging overpriced rates - so Daniel wisely got a room in Salt Lake City (about an hour away) and I decided to sleep at the airport in order to catch an early flight home.

But first Daniel and I hit the festival running - we had all the needed publicity items: postcards, posters and even clever guitar picks with a QR code on the back, because it's a musical western, get it?  We were fortunate to run into many old friends, like two of the original organizers of Slamdance, Dan Mirvish and Paul Rachman, and they helped us get organized and figure out how to find everything we needed in the large Yarrow hotel.  

At Slamdance with Paul Rachman, Karin Hayes & Daniel Neiden

At Slamdance with Richard Lorber

I was dressed up as a cowboy to get people into a Western state of mind.  I sat through the screening, which was an almost-capacity crowd, and of course I loved hearing the laughs of the crowd, and hated that there were a couple non-laughs.  After we did a Q&A session and I signed cards for fans and sold artwork.  One lady came up to me and told me how her husband used to watch my cartoon on MTV and study my work - it turns out she was married to Mike Judge!  

But the best part was there were a number of distributors in the audience, and we actually had buyers lined up to inquire about rights to the film - and that's never happened with my feature films before!  Plus we won a big award at Slamdance, Honorable Mention in the Breakouts section, and that's with a version of "Slide" that was only about 90% done!  


Over the years I've heard a lot about the Rotterdam festival, that it was basically like the Berlin Festival, but in Holland - that it was a great place to meet dealers and make sales.  So Daniel and I decided to attend the screening of "Slide" there too.  Also, my terrific French distributors, E.D. Distribution, wanted to meet us there.  The festival put me up in a wonderful Marriott hotel just around the corner, and my screenings were hugely successful, lots of applause and laughter.  The people at the festival were so helpful and friendly so I could have a successful signing afterwards and sell some artwork.  A lot of people wanted to take photos with me. 

For some reason, my films are more popular in Europe than in the USA.  So the high point of the trip for me was visiting a local Rotterdam animation studio.  Aneta from the Kaboom Animation Festival was kind enough to guide me to the party, where I ran into the greatest animator in Holland, Hisko Hulsing (please check out his work, he's fantastic!)

At the IFF Rotterdam with Hisko Hulsing!

Early the next morning, I discovered that my image of Rotterdam being a market festival proved to be somewhat false, as we were unable to meet with any prospective buyers.  It's too bad, because our screenings were packed to the gills, and the film received loud applause and laughter. 


Deep into the North Shore of Long Island, there's this "Brigadoon"-like cinema, it seems like a magical place where they show a lot of gems that aren't just big Hollywood pictures.  And they're all total film nuts there.  It feels like I end up there every three or four years, and then it's like I never really left. 

So again, I found myself at the legendary Cinema Arts Centre to show my newest feature "Slide".  Again, I wore my cowboy regalia and I brought Daniel, my magical producer and Sasha Odesa, one of the great actresses who did voices for "Slide".  Plus, of course, the woman who wrote and sang the wonderful cowboy music for "Slide", the genius Maureen McElheron, and she kicked off the show by singing a song from the film. 

The full crowd went crazy with love for her!  Then came the film, and the crowd laughed their asses off.  We had sustained applause at the end (which I've never encountered before) and I had to tell them, "Stop! Enough!"  And then we held the usual "meet and greet" (or "sign and sell") with a line that lasted an hour!  I was in heaven, so many photos and autographs - and after they took me out for a beautiful seafood dinner.  What a day!  

Let's hope I can return to this "Brigadoon" of movies soon!  

Maureen McElheron warming up

At the Cinema Arts Centre with Bunny Hoest


Just so you know - when I complete a feature film, one of the great joys is the opportunity to travel the world, showing the new film in many far-flung places.  I remember Quentin Tarantino telling me how he traveled around the world for a year, presenting "Reservoir Dogs" and never spent a dime of his own money.  

So here I am with a new film, and my daily calendar is filling up with festivals - about three times a month somebody wants me to present my new cowboy musical.  And my office manager is working hard, looking for new festivals to enter, trying to pick the best ones that "Slide" is qualified for, and trying to find ones that don't conflict with each other, it isn't easy!  

We had a screening of "Slide" at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, which was held at the Roxie Theater, February 8-18 (we kind of missed their deadline, but they e-mailed me and said it wouldn't be a festival without a new Bill Plympton film) and unfortunately they didn't have a travel budget for me to attend.  

But instead, just a week later,  I was able to attend another festival in beautiful Alameda, on the San Francisco Bay, next to Oakland.  It's a prosperous little community with one of the most gorgeous, 1930's-style ornate cinemas.  The festival had a lot of great programming and super volunteers and was organized very well.  All of my shows were sold out (happily) and my Master Class was packed!

I was also able to take part in a few social events there - the best was a function at the local tycoon's cool Victorian home.  Alameda is apparently chock full of beautifully restored Victorian buildings.  Another wonderful side trip was organized by an old friend of mine who moved to San Francisco.  She took my on a drive up the side of a local mountain called "El Diablo" - she's a great driver but I must say that the very narrow road was unencumbered by fencing, which would have protected the vehicle from falling off a very steep cliff.  But there was a beautiful view of the bay and the nearby neighborhoods.  

By the way, "Slide" ended up winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Alameda Film Festival!

holding the Grand Jury award for "Slide"

At the Alameda Film Festival with Webster Colcord and Steve Segal


Back in New York now, and Joanna Quinn is visiting.  She's one of the all-time greatest animators alive today, and I see her very rarely because she doesn't travel that much.  But she's here this week to be feted by the city of Philadelphia for her great work and she decided to make a side-trip to NYC.

Candy Kugel put together a wonderful evening for ASIFA-East to introduce Joanna to her many animation friends in NYC, and also meet some new ones.  It was a great crowd - all the animation "hoi polloi" were there, like George Griffin, Signe Baumane, Sturgis Warner, Debbie Solomon, Biljana Labovic, Lisa Labracio and Frank Morris.  What fun!  I believe that with COVID finally fading away, we'll be able to have more social events like this one!

With Joanna Quinn and Les

with Sandrine, Lucas and Biljana Labovic

We'll post a schedule shortly with more festivals coming up that are planning to screen "SLIDE", so please check back soon and then come out and join me at a festival!

-Bill P.

Monday, January 15, 2024

SLIDE screening at Slamdance, Rotterdam

Hello, animation fans!  Sorry again for my absence - I've been preparing my new feature, "Slide" for the festival circuit.  And guess what, I've put the finishing touches on the film and put it on a DCP, which is the requisite format for films today. 

So I wanted to tell all of my fans about the festival schedule for "Slide".  I've been to Sundance many times, and I've also had films screen at Slamdance, which is a much more intimate and personal festival that also takes place in Park City, Utah at the same time.  This year, "Slide" got selected for Slamdance, in their "Breakouts" section. The festival begins on January 19 and the screenings will take place at the Yarrow Hotel, 1800 Park Ave. in Park City.  

Unfortunately, Park City gets very crowded and hotel space is difficult to find and also extremely expensive.  So I decided to attend only ONE of the screenings, the one on Sunday, January 21 at 4:30 pm.  So please tell all your friends to come by and check out this premiere.  I will be there IN PERSON, making sketches, selling my art and DVDs and giving out free guitar picks.  

Then after I return to NY, my brilliant producer, Daniel Neiden will host the 2nd screening at Slamdance, on Thursday, January 25 at 4:45 pm, also at the Yarrow.  Daniel is a supreme entertainer and if you go, you'll have a ball.  

SLIDE will be playing in the 

30th Anniversary Slamdance Film Festival

in Park City, UT @ THE YARROW 

on the Following dates

January 21, 2024 @ 4:30 pm

January 25, 2024 @ 4:45 pm

For tickets, visit:

To Buy Passes to both In-person & Virtual Festival 


After I get back from Utah, I'm getting whisked off to the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam, where I'm doing three screenings of "Slide" and as an added attraction, I'm also hosting my famous Master Class on Animation, January 30 from 4 to 6 pm.

My screenings of "Slide" in Rotterdam will be:
Sunday, January 28, 1:00 pm at the Pathé 4
Monday, January 29, 5:00 pm at the de Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
Saturday, February 3 at 9:45 am at the Cinerama 1

So, if you know anyone in Europe, tell them to hustle their butts over to Rotterdam and catch the premiere of "Slide", say hello to me and get a cool guitar pick. 

Tickets are available here:

I'm now also embarking on some new projects, now that my work on "Slide" is completed.  I've been commissioned to do an episode of a compilation sci-fi feature film out of Poland, that's very exciting. 

And my studio has been hired to produce an animated feature by the great political cartoonist, Jeff Danziger.  He's written a great script about two detective cats and made a beautiful animatic - so I've been charged with completing the animation and coloring and then putting all the pieces together.  Wow, this is going to be so much fun!

See ya in Slamdance or Rotterdam -