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The Tune is an animated musical-comedy film by directed by Bill Plympton.

The Tune
Directed byBill Plympton
Produced byBill Plympton
Written byBill Plympton
Maureen McElheron
P. C. Vey
StarringDaniel Neiden
Maureen McElheron
Marty Nelson
Emily Bindiger
Chris Hoffman
Jimmy Ceribello
Ned Reynolds
Jeffrey Knight
Jennifer Senko
Music byMaureen McElheron
CinematographyJohn Donnelly
Edited byMerril Stern
Release date
  • September 4, 1992 (1992-09-04) (U.S.)
Running time
69 min.
CountryUnited States

Plot summaryEdit

Del, a hard-working songwriter, is trying to write the perfect song for his slimeball boss, Mr. Mega, so he can keep his job and his girlfriend Didi. As he rushes to work, he gets lost in a cloverleaf highway and ends up lost in a town called Flooby Nooby, where he meets the town's singing and swingin' mayor, an Elvis-impersonating dog, a noseless cab driver, and a psychotic bellhop as he tries to get to Mr. Mega's office to deliver the song.


The Tune, Bill Plympton's first animated feature, premiered September 4, 1992,[citation needed] after runs at Sundance and Cannes.[citation needed] It incorporates earlier shorts released by Plympton, including The Wiseman (1991), Dig My Do (1990), and Tango Schmango (1990). Some critics have observed that this content seems out-of-place with the original material for the film.[1] Its music was composed by Maureen McElheron, a longtime friend of Plympton's who has composed the music for most of his films. The Tune was nominated for a number of awards in 1992 and 1993.[citation needed]

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