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Indie Focus: Bill Plympton and animation for grown-ups

Indie Focus: Bill Plympton and animation for grown-ups

Animated features have long been the favored medium for telling kid-friendly stories about princesses and cuddly creatures. But if New York-based animator Bill Plympton were to have his way, moviegoers would also see more hand-drawn offerings depicting hard drinking, fooling around, murder and deception. "As a kid, I loved kids animation, but now I'm an adult," Plympton, 64, said by phone. "Idiots and Angels," Plympton's fifth independent animated feature, follows a bitter, lonely man named Angel who discovers he is growing wings. And he doesn't want them. The squiggles and imperfections of Plympton's colored-pencil style, as always, imply an...

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