564. Boomtown – Bill Plympton


SUMMARY: The Android Sisters sing about the importance, and by implication the absurdity, of Government military spending.

WHY IT’S HERE: 8 years after ‘Lucas, the Ear of Corn’, ‘Boomtown’ was the first of Bill Plympton’s films to be given an actual release. Plympton’s trademark visual style is more in evidence here, albeit in embryonic form. The animation is a trifle rigid, although that actually suits the theme here, as two robotic singing stars, the Android Sisters, coldly deliver a musical lecture on the importance of Government defence spending. The music is by Jules Feiffer and the content is more overtly political than most of Plmypton’s later work, but ‘Boomtown’ still has a satirical sting and certain images, such as the muscular American eagle struggling under the weight of a huge bombshell, are strikingly relevant today.


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