Hair High-Movie Review

Hair High Film Review

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Hair High

Director-Bill Plympton
USA 2004 80min. 35mm Unrated

"The man definitely has his own style and nobody can fuck with it. He's been smoking the weed that we've all been looking for since the dawn of time. Somehow he found it and his films are a result." (Film Threat)

Oscar-nominee Bill (I Married a Strange Person) Plympton's latest animated feature may be his most ambitious and fully realized to date. An outrageous gothic myth from the 1950s, Hair High is the legend of Cherri and Spud, a teenage couple who are murdered on prom night and left for dead at the bottom of Echo Lake.

Exactly one year later, their skeletal remains come back to life and return to the prom for revenge and their justly deserved crowns. A former cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Penthouse and Screw, as well as a longtime animator and documentarian, Plympton is known for his satirical wit and surrealistic animation style (and he hand draws every frame of these films, folks), but Hair High is probably his most cohesive and accessible narrative yet - while still eliciting the typically-Plympton gross-out groans and giggles we've come to know and love.

With killer original music and and all-star voice cast - including David and Keith Carradine, Martha Plimpton, Dermott Mulroney, Tom Noonan, Beverly D'Angelo, Ed Begley Jr., Michael Showalter, and even fellow animators Don Hertzfeld and Matt Groening - Hair High is kind of like what you would get if you crossed Grease 2 with Night of the Creeps - but transformed through Plympton's unique talents into something altogether more original and fun.

Kier-La Janisse