Jackie Greene has partnered with Academy Award-nominated “king of indie animation” Bill Plympton to create a short film inspired by the songs from his new EP The Modern Lives – Vol 1 (out October 13 via Blue Rose Music/The End Records). The songs on the EP tackle the great social paradoxes of the 21st century with humor and honesty: technology meant to simplify life can complicate it in unimaginable ways; crowded cities can be the loneliest places to live; and constructs meant to connect people can leave them feeling more isolated than ever. Plympton’s unique brand of surrealism and the colorful characters that he creates adds an exhilarating animated experience to these musical themes.
“I’ve been a fan of Bill’s animation for some time,” says Greene. “There’s a unique, independent quality to his work that is mercurial and thought-provoking. I told him to let his imagination run wild and nothing was off limits. Which for Bill, is a normal day at the office.”
Plympton adds, “I had heard some of Jackie’s music before, and loved it. But when he contacted me this Spring to create some music videos as a mini-feature film, I was totally elated. Then he sent me the music, and I was knocked out – it was so wonderful! He gave me total freedom with my art and told me to ‘get psychedelic’ with the animation – this is the kind of creative project that every animator dreams about!”
The first in this collaboration series was released today, along with the release of “Modern Lives” on all digital and streaming platforms. Check out some of the animation below, or CLICK HERE TO WATCH!