The new movie Bill Plympton, Slide, has been released in Spain and has done so in an ideal setting: the Animayo, International Summit of animation, visual effects and video games. The screening took place on two different days, on September 19 at the Guiniguada Theater in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and on September 21 at Espacio La Granja in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Slide is an animated western that, throughout its 80 minutes of duration, is inspired by the director’s childhood in Oregon, USA. This play is a comedy with a marked surreal narrative and a very prominent presence of country music, a genre of which the filmmaker considers himself a great fan.
In June, the film was presented in competition in the Contrechamp of the Annecy Animated Film Festival, in France. That version was 90% complete, but the feature film screened in Spain has been shown in its final form and a world premiere. This has been possible thanks to the Filmoteca Canaria, the hosting institution for this event, as well as the close collaboration between the Animayo Festival and Bill Plympton himself.
The American director has a recognizable style thanks to its black and satirical humor, In addition to its type of drawing, usually by hand, minimalist and expressive. His versatility in other facets as a producer and composer has earned him more than 40 awards and 30 nominations at festivals around the world. He also managed two Oscar nominations in 1988 (Your Face) and in 2005 (Guard Dog).
This premiere highlights the importance of the Animayo Festival, which in its eighteenth edition was able to bring together to more than 20,000 participants and was attended by Andreas Deja, former animator of disney from whose hands characters like Scar (The Lion King), Jafar (Aladdin) either Gaston (Beauty and the Beast). Furthermore, this organization is the only one in Spain designated by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as Qualifying Festival for the Oscar Awards.
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