On Thursday night we’re pleased to welcome independent animator and cartoonist Bill Plympton with his latest hand-drawn feature film, IDIOTS AND ANGELS, his fifth. A two-time Oscar nominee (for “Your Face” and “Guard Dog”, two of over 30 shorts he had made), Plympton has a distinctive minimalist style in which pencil sketches come to surreal life, and pliable, putty-faced characters morph endlessly into grotesque variations of themselves, and often suffer violence or other indignities. Plympton’s diabolically funny, subversive work has been seen for decades in film festivals, animation compilations, and on MTV; he has also done animated music videos for Kanye West and “Weird Al” Yankovic. IDIOTS AND ANGELS follows a misanthropic barfly, an asshole everyman, who tries to stop himself from performing out-of-character good deeds after he sprouts a pair of wings. The film has no dialogue but lots of music — by Tom Waits, Pink Martini, and others. It will be preceded by Plympton’s new short “The Cow Who Wanted To Be a Hamburger” (2010), which was short-listed for the 2011 Academy Awards. Plympton will answer audience questions after the screening. He will also give every attendee who wants one a signed sketch, drawn on the spot. This program is for adults only! Special admission is $12; members and CIA students & staff $8. No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be honored. Tickets can be purchased at door after 6 pm on Thursday. Cash/check only; no credit cards.
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