785. Parking – Bill Plympton

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SUMMARY: A parking attendant wages war on a persistent piece of grass sprouting through his concrete car park.

WHY IT’S HERE: Bill Plympton’s ‘Parking’ is another great short from the master, which pits a proud parking attendant against a blade of grass. The ensuing battle to maintain an entirely concrete surface escalates into a violent war, watched by a group of frustrated car owners who are not allowed into the car park until the grass is eradicated. Although it plays very well as a simple comedy short, there is a lot going on in ‘Parking’, from the subversion of the usual viewpoint of natural beauty being destroyed by man-made structures (a viewpoint which the final punchline suggests Plympton probably shares) to the examination of human perfectionism, even if one person’s idea of perfection might be another’s idea of ugliness or mundanity.

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