The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger (2010)
Because the advertising billboard looks cool. Then he finds out the horrible truth and with his mom’s help, rebels against the burger factory. Has a different look, Bill says he drew with sharpie on small sheets of paper, and I believe he said painter Kandisky was his coloring inspiration.
Gary Guitar (2007)
Gary invites Vera Violin out. Obstacles threaten to derail their picnic, but Gary is prepared for almost anything, and friend/annoyance Danny Drum helps out with the rest. Was meant to be a pilot.
Gary makes the mother of all sandwiches, which will later be used as a weapon against a fire-breathing robot:
Waiting For Her Sailor (2012)
One minute, one gag, but a good one.
Summer Bummer (2012)
Colored-pencil illistration of unrealistic fears of sharks in swimming pools.
The Flying House (1921, Winsor McCay)
Kickstarter-fueled restoration of McCay’s final film (a predecessor to Up), using McCay’s newspaper cartoons for color reference. I had Mr. Show flashbacks when they blew up the moon.
Tiffany The Whale (2012)
Rivalry between two top runway models, a woman with huge blonde hair, and a whale. Long and talky – I’m surprised Bill meant this to be a pilot as well, since I’m not sure where else you can take a whale-as-model story.
Drunker than a Skunk (2013)
Cool poem by Walt Curtis (subject of Gus Van Sant’s Mala Noche and of an hour-long doc by Plympton). The poem’s partly lost under music and effects so I watched this twice, but the animation is wonderful – my favorite on the disc.
Horn Dog (2009)
Finally I get to see the fourth dog film. The dog finds love in the park. Tries to give her gifts, but imagines terrible repercussions a la Guard Dog. Finally settles on a violin serenade but accidentally kills her owner.
Guard Dog Global Jam (2011)
Based on a Marv Newland concept called Anijam, Plympton coordinated online to get animators to recreate Guard Dog, one shot each. The best bit: the guy with the laughing-girl shot subcontracted each frame to different illustrators. Good story on the commentary about this film’s near-failure – submissions were open and they thought nobody was signing up, but really it was so many people the server crashed.
and from the Cheatin’ blu-ray:
The Gastronomic Shark (Bill Plympton)
A very silly, very short, bad-taste piece on human meal options for sharks.
There’s more on the Dogs & Cows disc, commissioned shorts and extras, which I haven’t explored yet.