Bill Plympton is best known for his off-the-wall animations that have an unmatched unique style. The ‘I Want My MTV’ generation will remember Plymptons work on the animated series Liquid Television. He earned his first Oscar nomination in 1987, for the Short Animation “Your Face” and has gone on to illustrate over 25 short films and five animated feature films.
Newly released is Independently Animated: Bill Plympton The Life and Art of The King of Indie Animation, a must have retrospective for any fan of the slightly demented in illustration.
The life and art of “the King of Indie Animation.” The only modern animator to personally hand-draw every frame in all of his work, Academy Award–nominee Bill Plympton eschewed a career in the high-paying but soul-crushing Hollywood animation industry to explore his own creativity as an independent filmmaker.
Called “mischievous, mordant, analytical, and ceaselessly imaginative” by the New York Times, and hailed simply as “God” by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Plympton is widely regarded as the hardest-working, most prolific animator in the business. His instantly recognizable and unique style catapulted him into the pop culture stratosphere and cemented his place in the pantheon of animation greats.
Independently Animated chronicles Plympton’s life from his childhood of Saturday morning cartoons to his most current and certainly adult-skewing animation. The book contains hundreds of pieces of art from his films, as well as never-before-seen drawings, doodles, production notes, and a full filmography.