Talking Shop: An Evening with Bill Plympton
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From the moment the first full-length computer-animated feature film, Toy Story, came out in 1995, people recognized the computer's potential with regard to animation. Much later, in 2009, television's longest-running sitcom, The Simpsons, finally updated their introduction, replacing the hand-drawn sequence with computer-aided animation and effects. There's no longer any question that technology has revolutionized animation.
So why would an animator work harder than they now have to?
Bill Plympton has been illustrating and animating professionally for the past 40 years. He's perhaps best known for his 1987 animated short Your Face, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Plympton is an animation legend, as well-known for his iconic style as the fact that he still draws every single frame by hand.
After a screening of his most recent film, Cheatin', at Kickstarter HQ, Plympton fielded some questions from the audience and fellow animator/moderator Signe Baumane. He shared the details of his process, thoughts on his style, and one incredible story about how he turned down a job at Disney.
Please enjoy this candid conversation with Bill Plympton in the video above. And when you're done, seek out more of his work, like his hand-drawn couch gag for The Simpsons, or his eighth hand-drawn animated feature film, REVENGEANCE.