639. The Wiseman – Bill Plympton


SUMMARY: The pseudo-spiritual ramblings of a self-proclaimed ‘wiseman’ are interspersed by bizarre things happening to his head.

WHY IT’S HERE: One of Bill Plympton’s strangest and most brilliant shorts, ‘The Wiseman’ was not only incorporated into Plympton’s first feature film ‘The Tune’, it was also cut down to become one of the most popular interstitials ever on MTV. Combining paraphrased snippets of wisdom from Hare Krishna, New Age Living brochures and TV soaps, ‘The Wiseman’ focuses on this one character throughout its four and a half minutes but the otherworldly things that happen in and around his head between nuggets of wisdom ensure that the short never seems static or uneventful. If anything, this is one of Plympton’s most visually ravishing pieces, taking the facial contortions of ‘Your Face’ to new and unusual heights.


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