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A series of short animated films based on actual Donald Trump audio clips, hand-drawn by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton. Your tax-deductible donation will help us make more episodes.
A series of short animated films based on actual Donald Trump audio clips, hand-drawn by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton. Your tax-deductible donation will help us make more episodes.
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Every day, Donald Trump unleashes a torrent of exaggerations, insults, threats, and self-pity. What's going on inside that fevered brain? We asked the ingenious animator Bill Plympton to help us investigate.

We've been mining Internet, TV, and radio archives for juicy Trump sound bites to inspire Plympton's surreal, hand-drawn animations.

Trump Bites is the illegitimate offspring of Plympton's witty animations and Trump's witless pronouncements. 

Where We Are Now

Our first three episodes are now streaming on the New York Times. We'd like to make at least a dozen more.  

Hand-drawn animation is not cheap. Bill works with a team artists that includes a colorist, a compositor, an editor, and a sound designer -- each adding their talent and hard work to the finished product. And due to the sensitive nature of the content, our legal and insurance fees are substantial. To keep this series going, we need your help.

There are so many more Trumpisms that we're eager to spoof, and we welcome your suggestions in the comments section. Here are a a few that we are considering for future episodes:

“I would love to be a well-educated black…” Trump experiences the perks of being a black male in America.

“The medical deferment is feet…” What exactly was the problem with Trump’s feet that sidelined him during the Vietnam War?  We take you inside the exam room.

"We had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake..." Presidents Trump and Xi frolic in a chocolate dreamscape while missiles fly to "Iraq... I mean Syria."

The Team 

Bill Plympton (animator) has made over fifty films, receiving the Palme D'Or at Cannes and two Academy Award nominations;  Billy Shebar (series creator/producer) is an Emmy-nominated writer and filmmaker, whose screenplay for Dark Matter, starring Meryl Streep, won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance; David C. Roberts (series creator/producer) is a former US diplomat turned writer/filmmaker whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.  Billy and David are co-founders of 110th Street Films.

Adam Rackoff (consulting producer) is a frequent Plympton collaborator and the co-founder of Cinco Dedos Peliculas with actor Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Stranger Things). Evan Shapiro (consulting producer) is an Emmy-nominated producer and former President of Pivot, IFC TV, and the Sundance Channel. Peggy Stern (consulting producer) won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short as producer of The Moon and The Son (2005).

Wendy Cong Zhao is our compositor and editor; Sandrine Plympton is our colorist; Weston Fonger is our sound designer; Miles Shebar is our creative strategist; Michael Richard Martin shot our Kickstarter video; Neil J. Rosini (Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo) is our attorney.

How You Can Help

It costs $20K per episode to do these right, so we're asking for $60K to do at least three more. Should we be lucky enough to exceed our goal, we'll put the money toward additional episodes. Top distribution outlets have already shown interest, so there’s a wide audience eager to see them, but we want to stay independent and true to our vision. This can only happen with your help.

We're offering some tantalizing rewards for our contributors, from Bill's original drawings and storyboards to your (animated) appearance in one of our episodes.

If you'd rather get a tax deduction, you can donate to our project via Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.  

For anyone interested in making a major contribution, we'd love to discuss ways to recognize you in our on-screen credits. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for more details.

The Way Kickstarter Works

Kickstarter is all or nothing – so if we don’t reach our initial goal of $60,000 by midnight (EST) on July 25, we won’t get any money, and no one's credit card will be charged. Please help us out by contributing whatever you can, and sharing this project as widely as you can.  Every dollar helps, and every share helps. Thank you for your support! 

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Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is to rise above the noise of the Internet to connect with the large audience that we believe is out there for this series, and to raise the money necessary to keep it going. We have a great team, and the New York Times's enthusiasm is proof that, with proper funding, Trump Bites will snowball.

Our biggest risk is getting sued. These short films are no-holds-barred parodies of real Trump audio. We have hired a top lawyer, Neil Rosini, who has diligently prepared for any eventuality. We have also obtained insurance to mitigate the remaining risk.

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    DESKTOP IMAGE & TWITTER SHOUT-OUT

    You’ll receive a high-res TRUMP BITES desktop image for your computer and Bill Plympton (@plymptoons) will follow and thank you from his verified Twitter account. You'll also receive exclusive updates on the making of TRUMP BITES.

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    "THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD"

    You'll receive a password-protected Vimeo link to view Jen Senko's award-winning political documentary, THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD, for a limited time. The film explores the rise of right-wing media and features original animation by Bill Plympton. All backers who pledge $15 or more will receive this reward.

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    SIGNED TRUMP BITES PRINT

    We'll send you a high-quality 4"x6" color print of an image from TRUMP BITES, signed by Bill Plympton. (You can see the images in our Rewards Gallery below.) You'll also receive the rewards from the $10 tier above.

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    SET OF FOUR SIGNED TRUMP BITES PRINTS

    You'll receive a set of four high-quality 4"x6" color prints of images from TRUMP BITES signed by Bill Plympton. (You can see the images in our Rewards Gallery below.) You'll also receive the rewards from the $10 tier above.

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    BILL IN HD

    You'll receive a signed, limited edition Blu-ray Disc of BILL PLYMPTON IN HD, featuring his Oscar-nominated shorts, "Your Face" and "Guard Dog" (newly-restored in HD by The Academy), and other favorites, including "The Loneliest Stoplight" (narrated by Patton Oswalt), and "Santa, The Fascist Years" (Narrated by Matthew Modine). As a bonus, we'll throw in a DVD of THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD, an award-winning documentary about the rise of right-wing media, featuring original animation by Bill Plympton. You'll also receive all rewards from the $40 tier.

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    TRUMP SKETCH BY BILL

    Bill will draw and sign an original 4"x6" pen and ink sketch of Donald Trump just for you. You'll also receive the rewards from the $40 tier.

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    PRESIDENTIAL CARICATURES BY BILL

    You’ll receive a set of five limited edition 8½"x11" prints of Bill Plympton’s iconic caricatures of JFK, Nixon, Reagan and Bush Sr, plus a brand new caricature to be announced during the campaign. Each print is signed and numbered by Bill Plympton, and perfect for framing. (See our Rewards Gallery below.) You'll also receive all rewards from the $75 tier.

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    SIGNED HARDCOVER BOOK

    You’ll receive a signed copy of Bill Plympton’s giant hardcover book, INDEPENDENTLY ANIMATED: THE LIFE AND ART OF THE KING OF INDIE ANIMATION. It's a beautifully produced retrospective of Bill's life and work, full of anecdotes, advice to young filmmakers and hundreds of drawings. You'll also receive rewards from the $40 tier.

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    ORIGINAL TRUMP CARICATURE

    Bill will draw and sign a detailed, original 8½"x11" pen and ink caricature of Donald Trump just for you. You'll also receive the rewards from the $100 tier.

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    SIGNED STORYBOARD FOR "PUTIN BROMANCE"

    You’ll receive a signed and numbered, limited edition print of Bill's storyboard for the scandalous "Putin Bromance" episode of TRUMP BITES. These are colored pencil sketches spanning two 8½"x11" sheets, suitable for framing. (See our Rewards Gallery below.) You'll also receive all rewards from the $100 tier.

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    ORIGINAL "TRUMP BITES" ANIMATION DRAWING

    You’ll receive an original 8½"x11" animation drawing from TRUMP BITES, signed by Bill Plympton. Each drawing is a one-of-a-kind work of art and perfect for framing. You'll also receive all rewards from the $200 tier.

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    HISTORIC ORIGINAL CARICATURE

    Before Bill got into animation, he did stunning pen-and-ink caricatures of presidents (see $100 reward) and other politicians, including Henry Kissinger, Rudy Giuliani, and Ed Koch. You'll get one of these iconic signed originals, each one a piece of history and suitable for framing. A sampling of available caricatures is in the Rewards Gallery below. You'll also receive all rewards from the $200 tier.

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    CLASSIC ANIMATION CELS AND DRAWINGS

    We've got a limited number of painted cels (celluloid sheets used in earlier animation) from "I Married a Strange Person!" (1997) and "Hair High" (2004), and animation drawings from "Guide Dog" (2006), "Hot Dog" (2008), "Horn Dog" (2009), and other films. Tell us your two top film choices (including one from the above list), and Bill will select and sign a cel or animation drawing for you. Check our Rewards Gallery below for examples. You'll also receive rewards from the $350 tier. There are a limited number of frames available from each film, so back us early to lock in your first choice.

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    THE ULTIMATE BILL FAN PACKAGE

    You'll receive eight DVDs (I Married a Strange Person!, Mondo Plympton, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, Bill's Dirty Shorts, Dog Days, Dogs and Cows); three signed books (Hair High, Sloppy Seconds, and We Eat Tonight); and the movie soundtrack CDs for Hair High and I Married a Strange Person! You'll also receive all rewards from the $60 and $200 tiers.

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    ORIGINAL TRUMP "DIPTYCH"

    This is a pair of original drawings from our "Bigness" episode -- before and after the CEO's giant teardrop lands on Trump's tiny head, ruining his comb-over. You'll also receive all rewards from the $200 tier.

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    DONALD AND YOU, DRAWN BY BILL

    You’ll receive an original 8.5 x 11-inch caricature of you and Trump, drawn and colored by Bill Plympton. Mail or email a photograph of yourself to Bill and he’ll draw, sign, and date a caricature just for you. You'll also receive all rewards from the $300 tier.

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    BE ANIMATED INTO TRUMP BITES

    This is your chance to be an extra in TRUMP BITES. Send us some photos of yourself and Bill will animate your likeness into an episode. You'll also receive a "special thanks" in the credits, and all rewards from the $500 and $550 tiers.

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    CREATE YOUR OWN TRUMP BITE

    Pick one of your favorite Trump quotes for a future episode of TRUMP BITES, and work with us to produce it. You'll participate in a story meeting with the filmmakers in Bill's studio, and give us your creative input every step of the way, from storyboards to sound mix. You'll receive an on-screen credit for your contribution, and all of the other rewards above.

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