"Perry is an inspiration to all young people that with hard work we can do incredible things. This is a groundbreaking production and Reel Picture is proud to be a supplier for the DVD manufacturing and packaging on Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest. -- Keith Wright, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Reel Picture
Memories from the Holocaust have been portrayed in almost every medium, but rarely animation -- and never before by a child animator. Animated short film "INGRID PITT: BEYOND THE FOREST" is a cross-generational collaboration between a world-class animation master, two-time Academy Award-nominated Bill Plympton, and a first-time animator, 11-year-old artist Perry Chen. It is narrated by Ingrid Pitt herself.
Starting with Ingrid Pitt's poignant narration and Bill Plympton's 23 traditional pencil sketches as storyboard, award-winning artist and film critic Perry Chen brings this moving story and its contemporary implications alive. Read more
ShortsHD Celebrates Plympton
by Mercedes Milligan
ShortsHD, the only TV network dedicated to short films, is launching a special collection of shorts from award-winning animation icon Bill Plympton on Animate! which kicks off July 25 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST, repeating July 28 at 8 and 11 p.m. EST / 5 and 8 p.m. PST. . . .
Following the documentary premiere will be Plympton works including The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger and Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest.
"Bill Plympton is a cult figure amongst animators, and is known by audiences for his distinctive style and hilarious imagination," said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of ShortsHD. "We're thrilled to bring our audiences some of Bill's most entertaining films plus the inside scoop on his restoration of Winsor McCay's historic 1921 animated short — it's an amazing undertaking."
Comic-Con 2012: Rev your engines
by Jana J. Monji
San Diego Comic-Con International is a celebration of cartoons, costumes and fictional and real characters. Recent years have brought increasing commercialization. . . . But SDCC is also a venue for introducing and releasing movies that have a link to geek culture and SDCC hosts a Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. . . .
[Bill Plympton] did help guide  the 10-year-old Perry S. Chen in this 2011 animated short, "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest," about the experiences of actress Ingrid Pitt during the Jewish Holocaust. Although she made her film debut with a small role in the 1965 "Doctor Zhivago," Pitt mostly worked in horror movies during the 1960s and 1970s. This poignant animation is about the period that the Polish-born Pitt was in a concentration camp as a child. In 2010, Pitt died in London, seven months after she completed the narration on this project. She was 73.
San Diego-based Chen and Plympton were part of a panel discussion at SDCC. The animation short premiered at SDCC in 2011 and has gone on to win several festival awards. "Ingrid Pitt" is available on iTunes.
Note: Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest is not yet available on iTunes, but will be in the near future. We will post the release date on this website when it becomes available.