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WATCH: Bill Plympton and Jackie Greene collaborate for ‘Modern Lives’ music video

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Jackie Greene has joined the pantheon of musicians whose work has been set to animation by independent animation stalwart Bill Plympton, the Oscar-nominated director behind such work as Your Face and Guard Dog. To tie in with Greene’s upcoming self-produced EP The Modern Lives – Vol. 1 (Blue Rose Music/The End Records), a series of animations taking inspiration from the songs featured will be released to make up a short film, beginning with the track ‘Modern Lives’ which can be seen below:

In a recent news report via music site JamBase the artists elaborated on the motivations behind their new collaborative endeavour:

I’ve been a fan of Bill’s animation for some time. 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.

-Jackie Greene

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!

-Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton’s animated music videography includes previous work for artists as varied as Kanye West, Peter Himmelman, Parson Brown and “Weird Al” Yankovic. Recent projects by the ever-proactive Plymptoons studio include the feature films Revengeance and Hitler’s Folly, a limited edition Blu-ray anthology and a newly-announced upcoming couch gag segment for The Simpsons.

Follow the ongoing project at and see more of Bill Plympton’s work at

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