WFAC - Waterloo Festival For Animated Cinema 2004 - October 27 - 30, 2004

Hair High

2004 - U.S.A. - 75 mins
English language dialogue
Rated 14A (Adult accompaniment if under 14 years of age)
© 2004 - Plymptoons, Inc.
Official Hair High website: English


Bill Plympton


Bill Plympton


Cherri and Rod are the high-school king and queen and they justifiably rule their domain. Spud, the new kid in town, accidentally offends both Cherri and Rod and so is forced to become Cherri's slave. Naturally, they immediately hate each other but of course later they fall in love.

Cherri and Spud secretly decide to go to the prom together, and on prom night a rejected Rod forces their car off the road and into the lake. In true 50's ballad style, their car sinks to the bottom of the lake as they share one last kiss. And when Rod manages to thwart any investigation, it seems as if he will be getting away with murder...

But the night of the following year's prom, Cherri and Spud's car magically comes to life and slowly drives out of the lake with Cherri and Spud, as if nothing had happened... except that their bodies are rotting! What will they do when they get to the prom? Will they be able to stop Rod from crowning himself the new King of the Prom?


Bill Plympton's zany animation returns in Hair High. Riding high from world recognition for Mutant Aliens, Plympton's latest film pulls back from the in-your-face edginess that marked his previous films, but becomes more accessible and delivers a wonderful comedic punch. This is a must-see for any Plympton fan, and will appeal to anyone looking for a slightly kooky rendition of Scream or Carrie.

Profile: Director Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton was born in Portland, Oregon on April 30th, 1946, and grew up in a large family of three girls and three boys. He credits Oregon's rainy climate for nurturing his drawing skills and imagination. In 1946, he went on to Portland State University, and it was there that he first attempted animation. Unfortunately, the animation was shot upside-down, making it totally useless.

Plympton would make New York his home in 1968, first styding at the School of Visual Arts, and working on various magazines, cartoons and illustrations. His work appeared in prominent publications like the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair and Penthouse.

But, animation would call. Plympton had been fascinated by animation all his life, and when he was fourteen he applied to Disney as an animator. He was told that while his drawings showed promise, he was too young. It wasn't until 1983 that he was approached to animate a film. The Android Sister Valeria Wasilewski asked Plympton to work on a film she was producing of Jules Feiffer's song, Boomtown. It was here that he learned the ropes from Connie D'Antuono, one of the film's producers. Plympton would continue animating, breaking through in 1988 when he garnered a Best Animation Academy Award nomination for Your Face. The recognition from that film allowed Plympton to begin his first animated feature film, The Tune. Entirely financed and animated by Plympton - more than 30,000 cels - the film went on to win the Houston WorldFest Gold Jury Special Award and a Spirit Award nomination for Best Film Score.

Plympton also made a couple of live-action features, but returned to animation in the 1998 film I Married a Strange Person. Once again he financed and animated the entire film himself - and this time, he made a politically incorrect film for adults. This signature would be even more evident in his next film, Mutant Aliens (2001), which premiered at Sundance and won the Cristal Grand Prix at Annecy 2001.

Hair High is his latest film - and for this film, Plympton shared its creation with the world via the web, by webcasting his entire work on the film live on his website.

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