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Hair High (2004)

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A gothic '50s high-school comedy about a love-triangle that goes terribly bad, as two young, murdered teens return to their prom to get revenge.

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Bill Plympton

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Bill Plympton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Gilliland Eric Gilliland ... Spud (voice)
Sarah Silverman ... Cherri (voice)
Dermot Mulroney ... Rod (voice)
Beverly D'Angelo ... Darlene (voice)
David Carradine ... Mr. Snerz (voice)
Keith Carradine ... JoJo (voice)
Martha Plimpton ... Miss Crumbles (voice)
Tom Noonan ... Principal (voice)
Zak Orth ... Zip (voice)
Justin Long ... Dwayne (voice)
Michael Showalter ... Wally (voice)
Hayley DuMond ... Buttercup (voice)
Ed Begley Jr. ... Rev. Sidney Cheddar (voice)
Craig Bierko ... Sarge (voice)
Jay O. Sanders ... Football Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

"Hair High" is a gothic high-school comedy with a "Carrie"-like story. Cherri and Rod are the high-school king and queen and they justifiably rule their domain. Spud, the new kid in town, accidentally offends both Cherri and Rod and so is forced to become Cherri's slave. Naturally, they immediately hate each other, but of course later they fall in love. Cherri and Spud secretly decide to go to the prom together, and on prom night a rejected Rod forces their car off the road and into the lake. In true 50's ballad style, their car sinks to the bottom of the lake as they share one last kiss. While the bodies of Cherri and Spud lie in a timeless embrace, Rod is successful in thwarting any investigation and is able to get away with murder. On the night of the following year's prom, the car magically comes to life and slowly drives out of the lake with Cherri and Spud, as if nothing had happened, only this time their bodies are in an advanced state of decomposition. Their rusty and ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Trunfa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$983, 6 August 2006

Gross USA:

$5,342

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,342
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Plymptoons See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Plympton used a lot of the urban myths that were prevalent in his teen years, mixed with some real experiences in high school. For example, the lead character, Spud, rides to school on a Vespa motor scooter, just like Bill did. Like Spud, Bill was also not the most popular kid in class, since being an artist ranked very low in the school pecking order, of course, with athletes and cheerleaders sitting on top. See more »

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Hooray for Hair High
1 February 2009 | by FilmFlaneurSee all my reviews

One of the most easily recognisable auteurs working in animation, Bill Plympton has produced a succession of animated features and shorts which delight with their unique style and idiosyncratic world view. His is a bizarre world which, unusually for such hand drawn work, normally assumes the presence of an adult audience and where the exaggerations of sex can be sniggered over for all the right reasons. HAIR HIGH is no exception, and continues the animator's regular obsessions with the strained relationships between sexually optimistic men and women, detailed with black humour all the while laced with some side swipes at the ironies of romance. There's also plenty of hair spray, horny chickens, a good soundtrack, smoking, and the genital stimulation of frogs. Rudeness, surreality and extremes of physical contortion appear again as part and parcel of the plymptonesque world - which this time includes nods to such disparate films as REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO. HAIR HIGH is voiced by such talent as Keith and David Carradine, Ed Begley Jnr and Matt Groening. Ostensibly a moralistic tale of 50's high school love that ends in comi-tragedy, HAIR HIGH actually engages as a characteristic free wheeling fantasy, allowing the animator to indulge in all sorts of off the wall scenes and images propelling the narrative forward. For those better used to the tight pencil work and plot construction of more regularly exposed animation studios Plympton's work, which leaps more immediately from the artist's bizarre subconscious, often comes as a wake up call. In its attempt to drag cartoons out of the juvenile closet Plympton's longer work has been blazing a trail for years. With not a cuddly, wise-cracking animal in sight and a hands-off view with regards to any computer generated figures, HAIR HIGH is a must for admirers of Plympton. Since this film Plympton has completed two other features, including SHUT EYE HOTEL and, most intriguingly, TOKYO ONLYMPIC, which at 137 mins is slated at his longest yet, double that of the present title.


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