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HOT DOG

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER (2010) A children's fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately the test of a mother's love. Music by Nicole Renaud and Corey Jackson.

HOT DOG

HORN DOG (2009) This is the fourth film in the famed Oscar® nominated “dog” series. Here are more misadventures from our plucky canine, as he fends off an obese dog, attacking oysters, and a wayward killer violin bow, while trying to win the love of his heart’s desire.

HOT DOG

SANTA: THE FASCIST YEARS (2009) We all think of Santa as “Jolly ole St.Nick”. But who knew that he has a dark hidden past that’s very un-jolly? This short film uncovers and explores Santa’s flirtation with politics and greed. Voiced by Matthew Modine.

HOT DOG

HOT DOG (2008) This is the third in the DOG series. In this episode our plucky hero joins the fire company to save the world from house fires and gain the affection he so richly deserves. Typically, the results never turn out the way he planned.

THE FAN AND THE FLOWER

SHUTEYE HOTEL (2007) (7:00)
“Shuteye Hotel" is a film noir murder mystery that takes place in a sleazy hotel. As cops investigate the gruesome murders they become victims of this evil force. What "Jaws" did to swimming, "Shuteye Hotel" will do for sleeping.

THE FAN AND THE FLOWER

GUIDE DOG (2006) (5:45)
“Guide Dog” is a sequel to the Oscar nominated short “Guard Dog”.
This time our hero dog helps blind people with typical disastrous
results.

THE FAN AND THE FLOWER

THE FAN AND THE FLOWER (2005) (7:10)
An ill fated and unconsummated romance between a fan and a flower magically creates a fairy tale ending. A very atypical Bill Plympton film. Written and produced by Dan O'Shannon, featuring the voice of Paul
Giamatti.

GUARD DOG

GUARD DOG (2004) (5:00)
Why do dogs bark at such innocent creature as pigeons and squirrels… what are they afraid of? This film answers that eternal question.

GUARD DOG

PARKING (2002) (5:22)
When the parking lot is invaded by a blade of grass, a furious battle for domination of the disputed territory ensues.

EAT

EAT (2000) (9:00)
A quaint, charming French restaurant, with elegant guests and soft music slowly evolves into a scene of culinary mayhem. Music by Nicole Renaud.

CAN'T DRAG RACE WITH JESUS

CAN'T DRAG RACE WITH JESUS (2000) (2:00)
A religious choir sings an ode to Jesus and drag-racing

SURPRISE CINEMA

SURPRISE CINEMA (1999) (7:00)
An outrageous parody of "Candid Camera" featuring, among other wacky stunts, a man having sex with an octopus.

MORE SEX & VIOLENCE

MORE SEX & VIOLENCE (1998) (7:00)
With the unprecedented success of "Sex &Violence" Bill put together "More Sex &Violence", a collection of even more outrageous visual short gags. Watch for "Dyslexic Sex " and "Air Bags".

THE EXCITING LIFE OF A TREE

THE EXCITING LIFE OF A TREE (1998) (7:00)
Inspired by a trip through the historic battle fields of France, this dare-I- say-it "politically sensitive" short chronicles the POV of a tree throughout centuries of human and animal events.

SEX AND VIOLENCE

SEX & VIOLENCE (1997) (8:00)
Many of Bill's sex print-cartoon ideas that were too extreme for the men's magazine market are put into animation in this powderkeg short. The quick, 20-second gag shorts push the boundaries of good taste and bad humor.

PLYMPMANIA

PLYMPMANIA (1996) (8:00)
In 1992 Bill was commissioned to do interstitials for the Fox TV show "The Edge", starring Julie Brown and Jennifer Aniston. In 1996 Bill put all the best wacky surreal pieces together with some very strange music, and voila - Plympmania!

BONEY D

BONEY D (1996) (3:00)
In 1995 Bill was invited to North Carolina to do animated excerpts for a Savoy film called "My Teacher's Wife" starring Tia Carrere and Jason London. Bill was able to put the excerpts together in an amusing chase short starring a hipster dog named Boney D.

SMELL THE FLOWERS

SMELL THE FLOWERS (1996) (2:00)
A busy executive gets a visit from a nature-loving bird who introduces the harried office worker to the joys of flora and fauna, with a surprise ending. The style of this very short film is Bill's most primitive use of the colored pencil.

HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMEN

HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN (1995) (5:00)
This film makes "How to Kiss" look like "Sesame Street". Now we're talking naked bodies and hot emotions here. Sections of this film were used in Bill's feature "I Married a Strange Person". Watch for the famous and outrageous erect nipple scene.

NOSEHAIR

NOSEHAIR (1994) (7:00)
This short is an exercise in how much emotion, humor and sex can be wrought from one single line. This epic battle between a man and his nasal follicle escalates to world-war proportions.

FADED ROADS (1994) (2:30)
A country song about life on the highway, searching for lost love. This short is a wonderful blend of Bill's classical surreal animated style and a more spare rotoscoped look.

DRAW

DRAW (1993) (2:00)
Winds moan across the desert, empty save for two desperadoes. A shot reverberates the still air and finds its target. Unwilling participants in this horror, we become the bullet to experience the cowboy cliche from a whole new perspective..

PUSH COMES TO SHOVE

PUSH COMES TO SHOVE (1991) (6:30)
Laurel and Hardy were the inspiration for this madcap escalation of physical humor and violent brutality. The two combatants in this film went on to further fame in two Nik-Naks commercials in England, a CD-Rom game called "Take Your Best Shot" for 7th Level, and a T-shirt. Be sure to check out the scene where a car pulls a large rock through every orifice in the man's head..

THE WISEMAN (1990) (4:30)
One of the most popular interstitials ever on MTV. To create the wacky dialogue for this film, Bill researched Hare Krishna and New Age Living brochures, and even used dialogue from soap operas. "The Wiseman" is one of Bill's most bizarre short films.

DIG MY DO

DIG MY DO (1990) (4:00)
What would happen if Elvis Presley were reincarnated as a dog? In this animated short, the hip-swiveling canine can't control his overactive pompadour and each time he combs it, bizarre things start to happen.

TANGO SCHMANGO

TANGO SCHMANGO (1990)
A haunting tango song, with guitar by Marc Ribot, inspires this dancing couple to try steps and moves that Fred and Ginger never imagined..

PLYMPTOONS

PLYMPTOONS (1990) (6:45)
Bill Plympton started his cartoon career as a gag artist for Rolling Stone, Playboy, Penthouse and National Lampoon. In 1990 he decided to animate his funniest and strangest gag cartoons and compile them into a short film. Two examples - "Furniture Love", in which a guy exits his living room and all the furniture turns into sex crazed maniacs, and "Car Alarm", in which a burglar attempts to break into a car and the auto morphs into a hellish man-eating demon.

25 WAYS TO QUIT SMOKING

25 WAYS TO QUIT SMOKING (1989) (5:00)
This crazy short was inspired by a book proposal of Bill's entitled "101 Ways to Quit Smoking" and although the book never sold, this film has gone on to be his biggest money-maker. A few of the demonstrated smoking "cures" - wear a heat-seeking missile hat, hire a sumo wrestler to jump on your head, and use a flamethrower as a lighter. Bill claims that his mother, who smoked for 40 years, quit after seeing this film. Excellent for lung and cancer groups.

HOW TO KISS

HOW TO KISS (1989) (6:35)
One of the wackier "How To" films ever made. This short shows all the violent and bizarre pitfalls of "sucking face". One of the most outrageous of Bill's shorts, this film uses his classic colored-pencil technique.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS

ONE OF THOSE DAYS (1988) (7:50)
What would it be like to live the most violent and accident-filled day imaginable? Through the clever use of P.O.V. color-pencil animation, this short lets you experience the pain without feeling it. Known internationally for the famous "hair on the toast" sequence.

DRAWING LESSON #2

DRAWING LESSON #2 (1988) (6:00)
Bill Plympton's first use of live-action with animation, this quirky story is about an ill-fated romance between a drawing line and his model, using a rare technique of drawing the animation under the camera as a unique way to tell a story.

LOVE IN THE FAST LANE

LOVE IN THE FAST LANE (1987) (3:00)
This pilot for a T.V. series was never picked up, although it's the prototype for Bill Plympton's much more successful "I Married a Strange Person". It uses the animation style of "Scooby Doo" to tell the story of a newlywed yuppie couple hosting a dinner party for the husband's boss and his wife - only the yuppie wife has just accidentally taken a love potion!

YOUR FACE

YOUR FACE (1987) (3:10)
This is the film that set the style and started the career of Bill Plympton. One of the most profitable short films ever made, it's still showing all over the world. As a second-rate crooner sings about the beauties of his lover's face, his own face metamorphosizes into the most surreal shapes and contortions possible. The music was written and sung by Maureen McElheron, then slowed down to sound like a man's voice because Mr. Plympton was too cheap to hire a male singer. 1988 Academy Award nominee for Best Animation.

BOOMTOWN

BOOMTOWN (1985) (6:00)
Originally a song by Jules Feiffer for National Public Radio, this is Bill Plympton's first released animated film. "Boomtown", as sung by the Android Sisters, is a musical about the absurdities of military spending from the Cold War to the present.

LUCAS THE EAR OF CORN

LUCAS THE EAR OF CORN (1977) (4:00)
Through the charming use of colorful cut-out animation, Lucas, a young ear of corn, finds out about growing up, and the meaning of life. It's a children's story, with a dark and humorous ending.

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