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In The Frame

Inglorious animator

Bill Plympton imagines Hitler with a web-footed friend

In the satirical tradition of “The Great Dictator” and “The Producers”, the veteran animator Bill Plympton is completing “Hitler’s Folly”, a mock-umentary about the Nazi leader’s love of cartoons. The film will be a blend of archival footage (including cartoons), live-action drama, and some new animation, Plympton told The Art Newspaper. Plympton’s script tracks Hitler’s imagined career as an animator who admires Walt Disney cartoons. The failed artist is said to have had a special fondness for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. “Hitler’s Folly”, in which the American actor Dana Ashbrook plays the Nazi leader, is expected to be finished by the summer of 2015. Could the film turn out to be Plympton’s folly, however? The dictator being mocked is dead, so vengeful hacking is unlikely, yet the cartoonist noted that three members of his studio staff quit rather than work on the film. “I like films that go too far,” Plympton said. “If I go to a movie, I want to see something that I’ve never seen before.” —David D’Arcy

Published online 18 Dec 14

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