Bill Plympton (born April 30, 1946) is an American  animator, graphic designer, cartoonist, and filmmaker best known for his 1987 Academy Awards-nominated animated short and his series of shorts featuring a dog character starting with 2004's Your Face . Guard Dog
Plympton was born in
Portland, Oregon, the son of Wilda Jean (Jerman) and Donald F. Plympton,  and was raised on a farm in nearby  Oregon City with five siblings: Sally, Tia, Peggy, David and Peter.  From 1964 to 1968, he studied  Graphic Design at Portland State University, where he was a member of the film society and worked on the yearbook. In 1968, he transferred to the School of Visual Arts in  New York City, where he majored in cartooning. He graduated from SVA in 1969.
Plympton's illustrations and cartoons have been published in
and the weekly newspaper The New York Times , as well as in the magazines The Village Voice , Vogue , Rolling Stone , Vanity Fair , and Penthouse . His National Lampoon political cartoon strip Plympton, which began in 1975 in the , eventually was SoHo Weekly News syndicated and appeared in over 20 newspapers.
In 1988, his
animated short was nominated for the Your Face Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He also became known for other animated short films, including 25 Ways to Quit Smoking (1989) and Enemies (1991), the latter of which was part of the Animania series on MTV, where many of his other shorts were shown.
In 1991, Plympton won the
Prix Spécial du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival for Push Comes to Shove which was featured on MTV's animated series . Liquid Television In 1992, his self-financed, first feature-length animated film,  debuted at the The Tune Sundance Film Festival.
His work also appeared on the 1992–1993  Fox comedy series . In 1993, he made his first live action film, The Edge J. Lyle.
Bill and Sandrine Plympton in 2014
In 1995, he contributed animation and graphics to a
computer game collection, Take Your Best Shot. He also published a  comic book in 2003, The Sleazy Cartoons of Bill Plympton.
Martha Plimpton, a distant relative of his, served as associate producer on Plympton's animated feature  (2004), doing much of the casting. The movie's voice cast included her father Hair High Keith Carradine and her uncle David Carradine.
(2004) was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. In 2005, Plympton animated a music video for Guard Dog Kanye West's " Heard 'Em Say" and the following year, he created the music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's " Don't Download This Song". Plympton contributed animation to the 2006 History Channel series , to illustrate the events of 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America Shays' Rebellion. Together with other independent New York City animators, he has released two DVDs of animated shorts, both titled Avoid Eye Contact.
Plympton's 2008 80-minute feature,
Idiots and Angels presented by Terry Gilliam, had no dialogue.  The film premiered at the  Tribeca Film Festival on 26 April 2008,
In 2011, Alexia Anastasio completed a documentary on Plympton's life,
Adventures In Plymptoons!, released in September 2012  direct-to-DVD and on video-on-demand.
In 2011, Plympton collaborated with child film critic Perry Chen on
Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest, a 2011 short animated film directed by Kevin Sean Michaels, about actress and Holocaust survivor Ingrid Pitt.
Plympton animated the opening
couch gag for the episodes " Simpsons Beware My Cheating Bart" in 2012, " Black Eyed, Please" in 2013, " Married to the Blob" in 2014, " Lisa the Veterinarian" in 2016, " 22 for 30" in 2017, " 3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage" in 2018, and " Manger Things" in 2021; as well as the menus and packaging for the Season 19 DVD.
Plympton directed the segment "On Eating and Drinking" in the 2014 animated film
, adapted from The Prophet Kahlil Gibran's book In 2018, Plympton created a series of videos for The Prophet. The New York Times called “Trump Bites”. One of the series, Trump and Putin: A Love Story, depicts Trump and Putin kissing half-naked. Critics said the video implied that gay relationships were inherently comical and immoral.
In 2020, Plympton released a
Kickstarter for his new animated comedy western, Slide. The funding was successful and Plympton plans on finishing the film by 2021.
A collection of more than 180 Plympton items is held at the
Academy Film Archive. The archive has preserved Plympton's films such as  Your Face, The Tune, Guard Dog, and The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger.
His films have featured in the
Animation Show of Shows including , Your Face Guard Dog, Eat (2001), The Fan and the Flower (2005), and Santa: The Fascist Years (2009).    
On December 23, 2011, Plympton married animator/artist/illustrator Sandrine Flament at his sister's house in Oregon.
 Their son, Lucas, was born in September 2012. 
Plympton has stated he has many influences, the biggest being the work of the
Walt Disney studio with others including Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Robert Crumb, Milton Glaser, Charles Addams, Roland Topor, Quentin Tarantino, Frank Capra, Richard Lester, Bob Godfrey, Saul Steinberg, Tomi Ungerer, Jacques Tati,  Milt Kahl,  Carlos Nine, and Jules Feiffer. He said  "was influenced by I Married a Strange Person! Peter Jackson, some of his earlier films ... where he used gore and violence and blood as humor."
(2005; provided animated sequences) Fuck Adventures in Plymptoons! by Alexia Anastasio (2011)
J. Lyle (1993)
Guns on the Clackamas(1995)
Walt Curtis, the Peckerneck Poet (1997) (a mockumentary) (2016) Hitler's Folly
Source unless otherwise noted:
Lucas the Ear of Corn (1977; 4:00)
Boomtown (1985; 6:00) 
(1987; 3:10) Your Face
Love in the Fast Lane (1987; 3:00)
Drawing Lesson #2 (1988; 6:00)
One of Those Days (1988: 7:50)
How to Kiss (1989; 6:35)
25 Ways to Quit Smoking (1989; 5:00)
Plymptoons (1990; 6:45)
Tango Schmango (1990)
Dig My Do (1990; 4:00)
The Wise Man (1990: 4:30)
Push Comes to Shove (1991; 6:30)
Draw (1993; 2:00)
Faded Roads (1994; 2:30)
Nosehair (1994; 7:00)
How to Make Love to a Woman (1995; 5:00)
Smell the Flowers (1996; 2:00)
Boney D (1996; 3:00)
Plympmania (1996; 8:00)
Sex & Violence (1997; 8:00)
The Exciting Life of a Tree (1998; 7:00)
More Sex & Violence (1998; 7;00)
Surprise Cinema (1999; 7:00)
Life (1999, 6:10) (presenter, animator)
Can't Drag Race with Jesus (2000; 2:00)
Eat (2001; 9:00)
Parking (2001; 5:22)
(2004; 5:00) Guard Dog
The Fan and The Flower (2005; 7:10)
Guide Dog (2006; 5:45) (sequel to Guard Dog)
Shuteye Hotel (2007; 7:00)
Gary Guitar (2008) (episode of Random! Cartoons)
Hot Dog (2008) (third in the Guard Dog series)
Santa: The Fascist Years (2009)
Horn Dog (2009) (fourth in the Guard Dog series)
(2010) The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger
Summer Bummer (2011; 1:49)
Waiting For Her Sailor (2011; 0:30)
Tiffany the Whale: Death on the Runway (2012; 8:56)
Drunker Than a Skunk (2013; 3:30)
(segment-H is for Head Games) ABCs of Death 2
Footprints (2014; 4:01)
The Loneliest Stoplight (2015; 6:18) Cop Dog 2017
Animated TV shorts
Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 1
Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 2
Plymptoons: The Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton (1992)
Bill Plympton's Dirty Shorts (2006)
Mondo Plympton (2007)
Bill Plympton's Dog Days (2009) Bill Plympton's Dogs & Cows (2013)
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