Bill Plympton at Montserrat College of Art!

December 8, 2011

Students eagerly wait in line for their own Bill Plympton drawing!

Award winning animator Bill Plympton held a Master Class during his visit to Montserrat College of Art Saturday, Dec. 3! He discussed his highly successful career as an independent animator and even showed some of his classic shorts, music videos, and clips from his new feature, Idiots and Angels. Plympton also gave a drawing demonstration and discussed how filmmakers can make a living creating short films. All the enthusiastic attendees left with their very (free) Bill Plympton drawing!

Plympton and director Alexia Anastasio also visited the Cape Ann Cinema later on that day, where they held a screening of their film Adventures in Plymptoons.

Plympton is considered the “King of Indie Animation” and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short “Your Face.” In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination for his short film “Guard Dog.” “Push Comes to Shove,” another short film, won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or.

Born and raised in Portland, OR, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Plympton moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy, and Screw.

Bill Plympton drew a caricature of Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann!