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The Tune

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The Tune

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
genre:
Animation

We gave it an A-

The Tune (1992, Triboro, $59.95, unrated) It took writer-director Bill Plympton three years to draw The Tune’s 30,000 colored-pencil frames. But the result is a musical feature you’ll probably find tedious after three minutes. The Yellow Submarine-wannabe scenario follows a nerdy songwriter into a wacko, anything-can-happen land called Flooby Nooby (sample descriptive lyric: ”Frogs wear logs/Skunks are punks/Albatross floss/That ain’t no bunk”). Buried amid the non-sequitur songs and dumb, punny gags is one brilliant sequence of two men violently abusing each other’s faces. If you love inventive animation, fast-forward directly to the 55-minute mark and prepare to be floored, or catch the same bit repackaged as the stand-alone short ”Push Comes to Shove” on MTV’s Liquid Television or in a tape of The Best of the 23rd International Tournee of Animation. As for the rest of Flooby Nooby: phooey. C+-Steve Daly

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