City Honors “Bill PlymptonDay!” with Celebration and Screenings at Bagdad Theater

In honor of one of the world’s most accomplished animators, and in recognition of a recent documentary about Oregon creative legend Bill Plympton, the city of Portland proclaims Saturday, May 26, 2012 as “Bill Plympton Day!” The day will be celebrated with screenings of “Adventures in Plymptoons” at the Bagdad Theater on SE Hawthorne in Portland at 3pm and 7pm, preceded by a Bill Plympton-themed street party at 2pm in front of the Bagdad Theater. Filmmakers Alexia Anastasio, Steve Tenhonen, Kevin Shawn Michaels and other special guests will be in attendance. Bill Plympton and other guests will appear at the screening by telecast. With lighthearted but racy humor, the movie is intended for mature audiences. (Minors will be allowed to the 3pm screening only with adult supervision and the 7pm screening is 21 and over.) The public is invited to all events, the 3pm and 7pm screenings are $9 in advance and $11 at the door. Anyone wearing a Hawaiian shirt or fishnet stockings on the day of the screenings will receive $1 off the door charge. (Wear both and get $2 off!) Advance tickets can be purchased at

“Adventures in Plymptoons!” features the life and animations of Bill Plympton in a highly entertaining and comedic look on the improbable life of a successful animator, and includes Oregon creative industry staples Will Vinton, Gus Van Sant, “Coraline” producer Mary Sandell, poet Walt Curtis, animator Marilyn Zornado, as well as director Lloyd Kaufman, actors (and voice-actors) Tom Kenny (the voice of Spongegbob Squarepants), Martha Plimpton, Ed Begley Jr, Terry Gilliam, Ron Jeremy, Weird Al Yankovic and a host of others. Special guests including the filmmakers and cast attended a screening on May 19 where the proclamation was read to kick off the movie’s tour through the McMenamins movie theaters. The full text of the proclamation follows.

Anyone who appreciates a good laugh will enjoy this story that is part interview, part animation, part mock-umentary, includes Oregon’s animation history and celebrates the triumphs of Oregon’s professional creative community. All told by a woman filmmaker who is being recognized world-wide for her intelligent and humorous storytelling. Catch “Adventures in Plymptoons!” before it screens next month at the MOMA in New York.

Adventures in Plymptoon’s premiers in Oregon as the first selection of the “Great Northwest Movie Tour”, presented by McMenamins and OMPA to promote profitable releases of independent films.


  • WHAT: Bill Plympton Day! Celebration & Film Screenings
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 26, 2012. Celebration at 2pm; Screenings of “Adventures in Plymptoons!” at 3pm and 7pm
  • WHERE: The Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland)
  • HOW MUCH: Street Party: Free. Movie screenings: $9/advance, $11/door
  • WHO: All are invited to the 2pm street party! 3pm screening is open to all (minors with an adult). 7pm screening is 21+.
Following is the text of the official proclamation of Bill Plympton Day by the City of Portland:
  • Whereas, Bill Plympton is the only human being on the planet to have hand drawn five feature length films: The Tune (1992), I Married A Strange Person (1997), Mutant Aliens (2001), Hair High (2004), Idiots and Angels (2008), and
  • Whereas, Portland, a capitol of world class animation, is where he first learned the art of animation, and
  • Whereas, Bill’s creative animations are reflective of the character of Portland’s Culture of Creativity, and
  • Whereas, Bill’s devotion to hand-drawn animation reflects the craftsmanship of our city’s professional and non-professional creative class, and
  • Whereas, Bill has earned the respect of the national and international animation community as a two-time Oscar nominee, for Your Face (1987) and Guard Dog ( 2005), and winner of the Palm d’Or for Push Comes To Shove (1991), and
  • Whereas, for years Bill has nurtured Portland’s animation community with yearly meetings on the banks of his beloved Clackamas River, and
  • Whereas, Bill actively encourages and mentors young animators, sharing with them the secrets behind his success, and
  • Whereas, fellow Portland animator Matt Groening has stated his belief that “Bill Plympton is God,”
  • Now, therefore, I, Sam Adams, Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon, the “City of Roses,” do hereby proclaim May 26, 2012 to be Bill Plympton Day in Portland, and encourage all residents to observe this day.
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