Indie animation guru Bill Plympton has announced the U.S. release date of his new feature mocumentary, ‘Hitler’s Folly’, a “merciless satire” that reimagines the infamous dictator as a successful animator and artist.
The 67-minute movie will be available free to stream at plymptoons.com on Friday, June 3, “as special thank-you to his loyal fans,” his company said. It also will be available on YouTube and Vimeo. There will also be a free New York Premiere of ‘Hitler's Folly’ on Wednesday, June 1st at 7:00pm at SVA Theater, followed by a Q & A with Plympton, who will also offer special live drawings of a character from the film for interested fans. The screening is free and open to the public. RSVP is required for admittance via firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating for the evening is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
With the signature satirical charm of Academy Award-nominee Plympton, ‘Hitler's Folly’ explores what might have happened if Adolf Hitler's art career had been more successful and instead of becoming an evil dictator, he was inspired to become an animator like Walt Disney. Using Hitler’s early artwork, World War II footage and Plympton’s unique animation, the film follows the infamous character’s unfulfilled animation career in the spirit of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” Walt Disney’s “Der Fuhrer’s Face” and Tex Avery’s “Blitz Wolf”.
Starring Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) as Josh and Nate Steinwachs as Hitler, the film is a stunning passion project born from the mind of Plympton, who not only directed the feature, but also designed, animated, and wrote the screenplay for the film. It is this dedication that has seen Plympton don the title of the “King of Indie Animation”, having produced many animated shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation before becoming one of the first people to hand-draw an entire animated feature film. His film “Push Comes to Shove” won the Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or, and in 2001, another short film, “Eat,” won the grand prize for short films at Cannes Critics’ Week. Plympton also has collaborated with Madonna, Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic on a number of music videos and book projects.