Idiots and Angels
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Animator Bill Plympton offers a moral fable with his own surreal touch in this dark comedy. Tough guy Angel wakes up one morning to discover his body has begun to match his name -- a pair of wings has sprouted from his back. Angel doesn't care to have wings and is annoyed by the ridicule they inspire among his drinking buddies, so he cuts them off, only to find they quickly grow back. Even worse, Angel learns the wings have their own moral compass, and while he's a bitter and self-centered man, the wings are forcing him to be benevolent in a way that hardly suits him. Hoping a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The dystopia conjured by Idiots and Angels, Mr. Plympton's sixth and best animated feature, suggests Toulouse-Lautrec by way of Charles Bukowski."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Even without a word of dialogue, Plympton's dark fable about the almost unnatural redemption of a lost soul content in its damnation is easily understood, and neatly told."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"...the punk rock of animated features: handmade, profane, challenging to the status quo, and occasionally ugly, yet groundbreaking."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online
"Seldom has a black heart been served up so vividly."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Although this is, in part, a darkly comic exploration of man's inhumanity to man, there is a current of optimism, flowing like the artwork, beneath the story."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"In some respects, Idiots and Angels shows legendary independent animator Bill Plympton at the top of his game."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Good battles evil as a gun-running, booze-swilling, cigarette-puffing badass is dragged, kicking and screaming, toward salvation in Bill Plympton's slyly sardonic black comedy, his best animated feature to date."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A delightful yarn revolving around an age-old showdown between good and evil."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"You're not going to come out of the movie a [Plympton] fan if you don't go in as one."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A dystopian commentary on humankind."
‑ Michael Posner, Globe and Mail
"Beautifully creepy... Less concerned with gags than nimble storytelling and wide-screen aesthetics (every brooding corner of the frame is blotted in monochromatic noir hues), Plympton mines elegance from the utterly gonzo."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Now in his early sixties, Plympton has made his most accomplished feature...his characters resemble images in motion rather than full-on animations, as if a Looney Tunes cartoon made love to a Ralph Steadman sketch."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"I like to think Plympton would take it as a compliment if I said he sees human beings as little more than a debased sum of bodily functions."
‑ Keith Uhlich, UGO
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