Your Face

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Your Face
Directed byBill Plympton
Music byMaureen McElheron
Plymptoons Studio
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
3 minutes
CountryUnited States

Your Face is a 1987 animated short film by Bill Plympton. It involves a man seated in a chair crooning about the face of his lover, and as he sings, his own face starts to distort in various ways. His song ends abruptly when a mouth opens in the floor and swallows him and the chair whole; after the closing credits, the mouth reappears and licks its lips.

The vocals were that of Maureen McElheron, known for composing the songs in The Tune, also by Bill Plympton.[1] After the song was recorded [2], it was slowed by one-third, giving the desired and unusual effect, also making the voice more masculine.[3] His face is distorted into many different shapes, such as a balloon, a cube and an ice cream cone.

The song is all original, made specifically for this short film, and the lyrics depict a metaphorical description of someone's face by using musical vocabulary to describe the beauty of their features.[4]

The short received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 60th Academy Awards.[5][6]

A variation of this short was used as the couch gag on The Simpsons's 29th season episode "3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage", with Homer Simpson's face replacing the original man, and Dan Castellaneta singing the vocals. This version ends with the Simpson family sitting on their living room couch.[7]


  1. ^ Robinson, Tasha (September 14, 2012). "In 1992, Bill Plympton made history by drawing an entire film on his own". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Maureen McElheron - Your Face (speed version)-YouTube
  3. ^ Your Face by Maureen McElheron-YouTube
  4. ^ Oddball Films: Metamorphic Cinema: Meditations on Transformation - Thur. May 12th - 8PM
  5. ^ The Man Who Planted Trees Wins Animated Short: 1988 Oscars
  6. ^ Pond, Steve (November 30, 2010). "Shortlist for Oscar Animated Shorts Includes Pixar, Bill Plympton". TheWrap. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Perkins, Dennis (March 25, 2018). "Another retcon of Marge and Homer's marriage leaves us wondering who these impostor Simpsons are". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 18, 2018.

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