Michelle reviews Bill Plympton's latest, Cheatin'.
|"Come here. Gimme a kiss, fo' I|
tro you a beatin!!!"
Cheatin’ is the latest full feature film from Plympton, who was most famous in the nineties for his wonderfully bizarre animated short cartoons. If you are unfamiliar with his art style, think of Norman Rockwell as imagined through a funhouse mirror while on LSD; Americana but through the eyes of someone who is slightly twisted. Everything has a nebulous shape and form that is recognizable at first glance but shifts around like a lava lamp to skewed perspectives and delineations. It’s squishy and organic and very much an extension of Bill Plympton himself. Because he plays with symmetry, the character designs don’t always look appealing but he also uses this to convey tone and emotion.
|"This is what my friends meant|
when they said you'd suck
the life out of me!"
There is quite a bit of sex in this film and it’s definitely for adults only. Plympton has always been a little bit naughty with a dry sense of humor and fans of his work come to expect this. This film is the best I have ever seen his animation look and everything is lush with a lovely impressionist-styled color pallet. The musical score is interesting as well and carries much of the story; the same as it used to back in the days of silent film. Everything combines to showcase a unique and captivating take on a simple love story. Animation aficionados or Bill Plympton devotees would do well to check this film out.