Universal // 1997 // 73 Minutes // Unrated
Reviewed by Judge Mike Knapp (Retired) // May 2nd, 2000
When I hear the word culture...I reach for my pistol.
-- Reichmarshal Hermann Goring
Quote form the opening credits
Can a cartoon make a social statement? Can animation force you to think about life and your place in the universal scheme of things? Is it possible for moving artwork to stimulate you to ponder why things are as they are? Yes, I believe it is possible, but this toon doesn't do any of that! This one is fun!
A pair of humping birds fly into a guys satellite dish which causes him to be zapped on the back of the neck. A boil forms there and soon he discovers that his imagination becomes reality, as soon as he thinks it. Nothing is out of bounds either! His imagination runs rampant causing much chaos in the lives of those around him.
His newlywed wife can't figure him out and a TV network executive wants his boil so he can control the world with his own imagination. Great funny stuff here.
I have been a fan of Bill Plympton's shorts (his films, not his BVD's) for some time and it was nice to see a full length, 73 minute feature film that would allow him to expand his creativity a bit.
What an imagination Bill has! I suspect that the plot was developed to allow Bill to live vicariously through the animated character of Grant, the guy with the boil and the mysterious powers.
Grant can make his imagination come to life, and he does so at will. When the honeymooners retire to the bedroom, his wife runs out screaming about the hugeness of his member. We don't know it at that point but Grants imagination was at work. While visiting his new in-laws (that don't like him) he forces the mother to endure roaches crawling all over her body and the father's head becomes a one-man-band providing music for Grant and his bride to dance to.
A sexual encounter with his new wife becomes hilarious as Grant changes her at will into a cheerleader, a nun, a nurse, and triplets...well you get the idea! And what he does with her ta-tas is incredible. I paid good money to see something like that once.
What I found really interesting was the end credits where the photographs of the actors that did the voice-overs were placed beside the headshots of the cartoon characters they did. These "characters" were fashioned after the actors, exactly! All we see are their faces so I'm not sure if the bodies were copied as well, but if they were Id like to run into the bride! What a hot number, and flexible too! I found my feelings for her, ummmm, shall we say...uncomfortable. Move over Jessica Rabbit!
The animation was Plympton all the way through. Entrails, organs and body fluids flying everywhere (not for the faint hearted) and sexual content out the wazoo. Although somewhat crudely drawn this cartoon has a visual style that works wonderfully with a plot this outlandish!
The video transfer was pristine. I saw no flaws whatsoever. Filmed in 1997, I would expect no less. Color saturation was very good and the black level was solid and deep, just as a cartoon should be.
There were no extras on the disc to speak of, only a theatrical trailer. The sound was Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (Original Audio Format) the film was displayed in its non-anamorphic Original Aspect Ratio of 1.66:1. It had an English only soundtrack. Kinda bare bones as far a DVDs go but who needs the extras anyway with a joy of a film like this to look at. What would have been fascinating, however, is a director's commentary.
There is not too much wrong with this disc. I suppose some would knock the mono sound, but not me. I guess some would decry the non-anamorphic transfer, but not me. I think others may ridicule the lack of "features," but again, not me. I buy discs for the movie, not the extras.
This is a great romp through the imagination of Bill Plympton, and I bet as you watch it you will find yourself saying, more than once "Hey, I've imagined that myself." Especially the sex with the nun thing!
Fully acquitted! I sentence everyone to watch this film within 48 hours of reading this review. The sentence will not be suspended!
So say I!
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Scales of Justice
* 1.66:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Running Time: 73 Minutes
Release Year: 1997
MPAA Rating: Unrated
* Bill Plympton's Offical Site