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Digital Arts Lecture Series: Bill Plympton

February 28, 2018 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Bill Plympton is an animator, cartoonist, screenwriter, director, and producer. His illustrations and cartoons have been published in many magazines, including the New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, etc. Bill Plympton has been called the King of Indie Animation! He is famous for drawing every frame of the animated movies he creates. He has created seven animated features along with more than 40 animated shorts. His awards include Cartoonist of the Year (MoCCA Art Festival), two Oscar nominations for Short Animation, Grand Prix in the Annecy Animation Festival and a jury Prize at Cannes and he won the ASIFA/East Award in 2017 for Cop Dog and many more.

Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as the New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy, and Screw. In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d'Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics' Week. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he's made twelve feature films. Eight of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, Cheatin', and Revengeance are all animated features. Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Madonna, Kanye West, and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.

Presented by Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts, the first in the Spring 2018 Lecture series. Free and open to the public.