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Making 'Toons That Sell Without Selling Out by Bill Plympton

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Chapter 8

VOICES

As most of you know, many of my films have no voices. For me, the storytelling is in the visuals—my films “25 Ways to Quit Smoking,” “Push Comes to Shove,” “One of Those Days,” all my “Dog” films, “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” and Idiots and Angels were all voiceless.

There are a number of reasons I don’t use dialogue in some of my films:

Reason 1: Films with dialogue are a lot harder to sell in the foreign territories. The cost of subtitling or dubbing is quite expensive, and often that expense will determine whether the film is bought in that territory.

Reason 2: Animating to lip-sync is very slow, difficult, and tedious. It sucks up a lot of energy and time, and it’s not a discipline I enjoy doing.

Reason 3: I’m ...

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