Bill Plympton’s “Idiots and Angels” Opens Wednesday in New York

Idiots and Angels

Bill Plympton’s fifth animated feature Idiots and Angels opens Wednesday in Manhattan at the IFC Center (323 6th Ave. at West 3rd St). The film screens for an entire week at the IFC (screening times HERE). Though it was completed in 2008, it has never received distribution outside of the festival circuit, where it has received nearly twenty awards. The feature will be preceded by Plympton’s latest short The Cow Who Wanted to Be A Hamburger. Bill will personally be appearing at the theater for Q&As on Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7.

Bill is self-distributing the film to cinemas, something which he has never done before. Three of his features–The Tune, Mutant Aliens and I Married a Strange Person–had film distributors, and his fourth feature, Hair High, was never distributed theatrically. He’s been keeping a diary on his blog Scribble Junkies that documents the challenges of theatrical self-distribution. In his entries (which sadly aren’t tagged properly for easy browsing), he discusses why he chose the self-distribution route and how he found a theater in New York.

Tomorrow, we’ll be running an Idiots and Angels contest here on Cartoon Brew. Below is the new trailer for the film:


  • http://www.stopmotionworld.com SMW

    This made my morning! Really funny and well done thank you Amid for showing us this :)

  • Jeffers

    Hair High is finally available on DVD through Bill’s website. Well worth the $20.

  • Kiko

    Great stuff, that put a smile on my mug!!
    Bill’s drawings look better and more polished than ever, and the story and animation looks as fresh as you would expect from him.

  • http://animationanomaly.com Charles K.

    Bill’s a great guy and this film deserves to succeed. I fully expect it to be in contention for an Academy Award this coming year, especially if the word of mouth campaign is even half as good that of The Secret of Kells.

  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    I am a big fan of all Bill’s films and I think this is his best yet. It’s funny, touching and thought provoking. I hope it gets seen by enough Academy to get the Oscar nomination it deserves.

  • james madison

    Looks good! I need to get a copy of Hair High, too.

  • http://2dwannabe.blogspot.com robcat2075

    That would be cool to see this in the Oscar race.

    Is 2010 going to have enough qualifiers to merit 5 noms instead of 3?

  • Shawn’s Bro

    Oh, so naughty!

    And so banal in consequence.

  • http://strangespanner.blogspot.com/ Lazarus Lupin

    Thank you for showing that. Bill is not only a complete individual as an animator but his sense of humor is very infectious and yet odd. You laugh then wonder if you should have.
    Then you laugh again, harder.

  • http://www.okamstudio.com Martina

    Here is a interview we made Bill some time ago, hope you like it! Would love to know what you think about it!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/OKAMSTUDIO#p/u/3/SWi_sGDED9M
    Martina.