633. Push Comes to Shove – Bill Plympton

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SUMMARY: Two deadpan men engage in a turn-based physical battle… until one of them goes too far.

WHY IT’S HERE: Another short that Bill Plympton later inserted into his first feature film ‘The Tune’, ‘Push Comes to Shove’ is basically an excuse for more of Plympton’s grotesquely comic facial mutilations. Made up entirely of two men calmly, silently hurting each other in a series of inventive ways, ‘Push Comes to Shove’ establishes its premise quickly and then thrives on the audiences anticipation of what can possibly come next. Although a lot of its humour derives from the shock value of the extreme attacks, this is actually the comedy of incongruity; the biggest laughs come from how calmly the two men wait their turns and how little they react to the horrific punishments they mete out to each other. This very popular short eventually spawned a popular TV advert for the crisps Nik-Naks and also a CD Rom game called ‘Take Your Best Shot’.

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