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Bill Plympton
voices of Sophia Takal, Jermy Baumann, Alex Markowitz

Ever-adventurous animator Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels) turns to the noir novels of James T. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice) for his seventh feature, his first in five years, as well as his first to include a Kickstarter campaign. Muscular Jake meets bombshell Ella at a bumper car stand, they marry, and proceed to “mattress-pounding connubial bliss” (Variety). A jealous admirer frames Ella for infidelity and Jake goes on a binge of revenge affairs. Ella responds by hiring a hitman, fantasizing ways to off Jake, and finally using a “Trans-Soul Machine” to inhabit the bodies of the women he is shagging. It all happens sans dialogue to a jaunty accordion score by Nicole Renaud, plus a few classical selections (e.g., “Bolero”).

The visual style, based on his magazine illustration days, is what Plympton calls “watercolor mottling. Winslow Homer and N.C. Wyeth were my inspirations. I’d do crosshatching over the watercolors with an ink pen, blending the techniques together.” ( “Strife and sexual humor reign in this energetic romp, one of Bill Plympton's best longform animated works.” (Variety)


DCP color
1 hour 16 minutes
release year/country
2014 USA