I Married A Strange Person
Cartoonist Bill Plympton's inventive short subjects are successful for two key reasons: They're inventive and they're short. Plympton's second animated feature, I Married A Strange Person, sure is inventive, but it comes up short in the shortness department. Grant and Kerry are two lovey-dovey newlyweds whose lives are turned upside-down when an errant radioactive beam causes Grant to grow a mutant lobe that brings his subconscious to life. When a mad media mogul learns of Grant's abilities, he sends his private army to retrieve Grant's id-fulfilling boil. Chaos ensues. Plympton is adept at twisting around the human form like a balloon animal, and his sex-and-violence-filled film works as a parody of Hollywood's sex-and-violence-filled films. But only to a point. It doesn't take long for the rampant flatulence, free-flowing blood 'n' guts, and creatively copulating objects to grow tiresome and redundant. In the right state of mind (hint, hint), Plympton's perverse vision may have better sea legs, but to the sober, it's just more of the same, over and over again.