Independently Animated

An interview with legendary illustrator Bill Plympton on his forthcoming book, friendship with Terry Gilliam and the future of adult animation in America

At 13-years-old Bill Plympton wrote to Walt Disney asking for a job in the animation department. The young illustrator was initially rejected, but an Oscar nomination six years later for his animated short called “Your Face” led to Disney knocking on his door—where Plympton finally got his turn to say no. These were the early days of Plympton’s prolific career, which can be seen in …