“I love Pixar films; I think they’re the greatest filmmakers in the world. I love Disney films. Tangled, was great. I loved How to Train Your Dragon, the Dreamworks film. But it’s not for me. I don’t want to make a film for families; I want to make adult films”. Bill Plympton
For its first edition, FEELFEST is putting on a retrospective of the work by iconic filmmaker Bill Plympton, by making a selection of 25 of his most important films available to FEELMAKERS users. The films by this American genius, who is considered one of the most important animation directors in the world, will be available during the entire Festival.
Despite his extreme creativity, Bill Plympton is, like geniuses as Woody Allen, much more recognized in Europe, Russia and China than in the United States. This Portland-born animator’s style, which focuses on topics that are developed using sight gags and very little dialogue gags, is incompatible with an industry more focused on another type of animation. Bill Plympton says: “I’m not as successful as Pixar or Dreamworks, and that is disappointing to me, because I think my films are as valid as a Pixar film. I think there’s an audience for my films. I know there’s a market for someone like Quentin Tarantino, who basically does adult cartoons in live action.”
Do not miss the informative section of FeelFest, which is devoted entirely to the figure of Plympton, where you’ll find a selection of his best work, including two short for which he was nominated for the Oscars: Your Face (1998) and Guard Dog (2005).