Academy Award–nominated animator Bill Plympton has made a rare foray into the realm of live-action filmmaking, and the result is now available for free online. Described by Plympton as “a very, very provocative and kind of wacky look at the movie industry and also Hitler’s career as he became a cartoonist,” “Hitler’s Folly” is a satirical mockumentary that imagines the Nazi ruler as a Disney-loving cartoonist for whom the Holocaust was a secondary concern.
That premise hasn’t exactly endeared the film to critics, whose reviews have trended negative. The indie animator has never shied away from sensitive material before, however, with many of his 40-plus animated shorts and six features leaning toward the subversive end of the spectrum. Plympton has twice been nominated for Best Animated Short at the Oscars, first in 1988 for “Your Face” and again in 2005 for “Guard Dog.”
“Hitler’s Folly” is prefaced by a brief introduction from Plympton himself, who alerts viewers that it the film is indeed free — but donations to his Plymptoons studio are still welcome.