There’s a reason Bill Plympton has been dubbed “The King of Indie Animation.” His accomplishments are many and varied, from earning an Oscar nomination to directing a video for Kanye West (“Heard ‘Em Say”). With an armload of shorts, feature work, and more to his name, chances are you’ve seen something by Plympton and maybe not even known it. But with a new feature on the way, there’s no better time to get reacquainted with the man’s work.
Inspired by the work of noir great James M. Cain, “Cheatin’ ” follows Jake and Ella, who find their picture perfect romance spoiled by a scheming “other” woman, who drives a wedge of jealousy into their relationship. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine,” Ella takes the form of Jake’s numerous lovers, desperately fighting through malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny. In this lovely exclusive clip, you witness the many layers under which Ella’s tender heart resides.
“Cheatin’ ” opens in limited release on April 3rd and hits VOD exclusively on Vimeo on April 21st.