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MUTANT ALIENS

USA, 2001 (MIFF 2001, Animation Gallery)

Director: Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton has crafted an outlandish work of science fiction in his latest animated epic. Audiences still reeling from Plympton's past hits will be only partially prepared for this far flung trip from outer space to the inner reaches of one of animation's most fertile imaginations.

Astronaut Earl Jensen is blasted into space on a routine mission which is sabotaged by the evil Dr. Fubar. This space program bigwig plans to twist Earl's 'accident' into public relations grist for an outlandish new spacecraft initiative benefiting greedy advertising cronies. Twenty years later, Earl's orphaned daughter Josie is an accomplished and obsessive astronomer, closely watching the heavens that swallowed her father. When Earls long lost ship unexpectedly plummets to earth, followed by a second craft containing bizarre alien creatures. Josie reunites with Earl, and a full scale war ensues that pits the Jensens and their extra-terrestrial friends against the Machiavellian Dr Frubar. A famiiys vengeance and the soul of a nation hang in the balance!

'Mutant Aliens riffs on cliches of 50's sci-fi thrillers while trafficking in the usual Plympton-esque mix of jokey soft-core sex, straight-faced absurdity and comically exaggerated violence."—Variety

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