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  • A man named Angel is the protagonist of the film, despite being vain and anti-social
  • If you can find the music tracks online, they are well-worth adding to your MP3 collection
  • He's made a film that makes you think as much as it makes you laugh


    • by Mackenzie Lambert

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      Bill Plympton is an animator who is notorious for an off-kilter sense of humor. Ever since his first noted animated short, Your Face, to his feature film debut, The Tune, he’s been responsible for some of the most madcap imagery in hand drawn animation. As he made more films, there was a growing maturity with each release and his style became more refined. With his last release, he gave audiences a film that may stand as his best.

      A man named Angel is the protagonist of the film, despite being vain


      and anti-social. He’s also a drunkard and a gun salesman. One morning, he wakes up with a pair of wings on his back. His decisions, often bad, are now controlled by these wings and he is forced to make good choices. He tries to hide them or cut them off. Yet, the grow back or pop out to his embarrassment.

      The wings on his back have made him a target. Two antagonists in particular, a doctor and a salesman, try to get the wings for themselves. Angel must save himself and keep these publicity seekers at bay.

      The crude in this film is limited, a change of pace from the previous Plympton films. It is still a very funny movie. There was a lot of drama, leaving me stunned and in awe of Plympton’s work here. After crazy cult films like I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, and Hair High, Idiots & Angels stands high among them.

      The signature style of Plympton using colored pencils has been fine tuned and aided by shades of charcoal. The characters ...


      • Idiots & Angels, movie (2008)
      have a normal appearance, which makes the comedy much more effective. The violence of the film is few and far between. But when it does happen, it gives them a needed feeling of impact.

      Dialogue is rare in this title, which recalls some of the avant-garde cinema of Europe. It also allows the music to develop the tone and character of the film. Tom Waits uses that raspy voice of his, along with moody accompaniment. Pink Martini’s contributions serve as a nice counter to Waits. This makes for

      nice juxtaposition. If you can find the music tracks online, they are well-worth adding to your MP3 collection.

      Idiots & Angels marks an achievement for Bill Plympton. He’s made a film that makes you think as much as it makes you laugh. How Plympton will follow up with this gem is something for the viewer to chew on. Will he continue this trek down the experimental path or will he go back to his sophomoric ways. If you enjoy unorthodoxy in your animation, Idiots & Angels is deserving of your attention.




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