Bill Plympton’s SLIDE Kickstarter

Famed animator Bill Plympton has three days to raise $40,000 for his independent animated feature.

As a kid growing up among the tall timbers of Oregon, I wanted to create a Western that takes place in the evergreen-covered mountains. It’s 50 years later, I’ve had Oscar nominations and won Cannes Festival awards, and it’s time to fulfill a boyhood dream.

Three years ago, I wrote out a storyboard about a slide guitar-playing cowboy named Slide who appears in a corrupt logging town (circa 1940’s) to battle a pair of evil twins and save the village of Sourdough Creek.

SLIDE has villains, an old-time country music cowboy band, the Lucky Buck Saloon and Bordello, and a glorious Oregon backdrop (And it features a hero who, like me, plays the slide guitar.)

© Bill Plympton

As an independent filmmaker, being self-financed is a risk all by itself. I animate a few commercial projects each year, recently a few cool music videos and an nearly-annual “couch gag” for the opening of “The Simpsons” on FOX-TV. And the income from those projects is very helpful in keeping my studio running – but it only gets me about halfway there if I want to keep creating my own animated shorts and features.

More details at the SLIDE Kickstarter page.