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  • Gareth Crook

Hair High (2004)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

This is a bit of a psychedelic rockabilly animated nightmare. Packed with 50s American cool, depicted with 60s European charm. Telling the story Spud, a new kid in high school, it’s a familiar and not particularly original story, but Spud is likeable and as he says “he just doesn’t know the rules”. The rules being that teenagers are obnoxious and if movies have taught us anything, it’s American teens are more obnoxious, stupid and self centred than most. It certainly seems that Bill Plympton has made exactly the film he wanted to... a pretty disgusting, dialled up to 11 X-Rated version of The Rugrats do Carrie. His style signposts every inch of this and feels devoid of outside interference, which in itself is pretty cool. For all it’s B-Movie cool though, it boasts a pretty decent cast of voice actors. I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything quite like this before.



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