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''Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem'' is an anime-style visualization of the Music/DaftPunk album ''Music/{{Discovery}}''. A group of [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue-skinned]] extraterrestrial musicians are kidnapped, {{brainwashed}}, and altered, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind]] and body, to be identical to ordinary humans. Under the control of their abductors, they become rock stars on Earth, playing their music and skyrocketing to massive fame. Can an alien pilot rescue the band, return their memories and get them home? Or will they be forced to play their part in the scheme of the evil, greedy Earl de Darkwood?

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[[AC:The music tracks are the same as the ''Discovery'' album:]]

# "One More Time"
# "Aerodynamic"
# "Digital Love"
# "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
# "Crescendolls"
# "Nightvision"
# "Superheroes"
# "High Life"
# "Something About Us"
# "Voyager"
# "Veridis Quo"
# "Short Circuit"
# "Face to Face"
# "Too Long"
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!!Tropes:

* AbsoluteCleavage: The dress Stella wears on her home planet has a CleavageWindow just above her breasts (i.e. in the usual place), a very thin division between the two halves of her bodice, and another cutout several inches below the waist. The effect is oddly innocent -- similar to a midriff-baring top -- but just try to pitch that design to anyone on Earth.
* {{Adorkable}}: Baryl the drummer.
* AfroAsskicker: Octave
* AlienAbduction: InvertedTrope. For once, those are humans from Earth kidnapping aliens.
* AlienBlood: It's golden yellow, even though their skin is blue and Shep blushes red.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Well, singing English, without any explanation or justification. Then again, there's no actual dialog for the entire movie, so....
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:The last scene implies that the whole movie may be what some kid imagined his toys were doing while he listened to a Daft Punk record.]]
* AlmostKiss: Shep and Stella during the dream sequence in "Digital Love" before the [[MoodWhiplash ship's warning signal starts sounding.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: {{Hyperspace}}.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: [[spoiler:America helped start the plan to send the aliens back home.]]
* AncientConspiracy: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:the whole Earl de Darkwood business has been going on for a VERY long time.]] Especially obvious because [[spoiler:aliens resembling everyone from Mozart to Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin make an appearance during the history revelation scene.]]
* AndYouWereThere: Though it's a rather subtle take on the trope.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: The whole movie is essentially a glorified one.
* ArcNumber: 5 and variants, most notably 5555.
* AscendedFanboy:
** Quite literally in the case of Shep. [[spoiler:Saves his favorite band, dies, then comes back in spirit form to save them [[JustForPun One More Time]].]]
** In a sense, Daft Punk themselves, working with [[Creator/LeijiMatsumoto their favorite anime director]] to create the movie.
* BackupFromOtherworld: [[spoiler:Shep saves the Crescendolls' ship in hyperspace from the evil spirit of Earl de Darkwood.]]
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The story implies that [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]], Ella Fitzgerald, and Music/JanisJoplin among others were previous alien victims of the BigBad.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Baryl the drummer seems to have a rough streak. While the other Crescendoll's memories while they were being rewritten were standard childhood fair like riding bikes, Baryl was being held back after knocking another kid to the ground.
* BitingTheHandkerchief: Baryl is bitting his hat when [[spoiler:Shep is dying]].
%%* {{Brainwashed}}
* BrokenMasquerade: [[spoiler:Not only did everyone learn the Crescendolls are aliens, but became aware of Darkwood's secrets.]]
* CanisLatinicus: "Veridis Quo" [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke ("Very Disco") ]][[TitleDrop *flip* ("Discovery").]]]]
%%* CarChase
* CatFolk: The true form of the alien that got turned into Janis Joplin.
* CleavageWindow: Stella's alien dress has one.
* CoolShades: Subverted; they're part of the brainwashing process (that's why they're ''screwed into place''). If they break, it wears off.
* CoolStarship:
** Shep's is shaped like an electric guitar!
** The Earl's spaceship is quite impressive too, and can change its appearance for camouflage purpose.
* {{Cosplay}}:
** In one scene during "Crescendolls", you can see two little kids dressed up as Octave and Stella. Shortly afterwards a kid dressed like Arpegius gets an autograph from the man himself.
** Later in the movie, after the Crescendolls have been revealed to be aliens, two kids are shown wearing blue facepaint.
* CrapsaccharineWorld:
** Earth; all of the Crescendolls' fans hear great music, and have no idea about the brainwashing.
** The Crescendolls' homeworld; everyone was too busy enjoying the concert to worry about planetary security in the first place.
* CreatorCameo: Music/DaftPunk show up in animated form at the Gold Record Awards. They're nominees in the same category as the Crescendolls. Bangalter asks Homem-Christo if he's happy with the nomination, to which Homem-Christo responds with indifference. When they find out they lost to the Crescendolls, Bangalter cheers on the winners with "GREAT" displayed on his helmet. Homem-Christo claps politely, but still has a "heartbreak" symbol on his helmet.
* CrossCulturalHandshake: Happened in the later half between Arpegius and the Crescendolls' human manager.
* {{Cult}}: The Earl appears to be running one.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Earl de Darkwood made a deal with an unidentified supernatural entity, in which he will sacrifice 5,555 award-winning musicians to it in exchange for cosmic powers. The main characters will be #5,555 if he isn't stopped.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Shep]]
%%* DisneyVillainDeath: See LoadBearingBoss below.
* DistressedDamsel: Stella
* DoomTroops: The Earl's soldiers.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Baryl as an alien, but not as a human.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Shep to Stella.]]
%%* [[ETGaveUsWiFi E.T. Gave Us Music]]
* FakeBand: The Baron takes manufactured bands to a whole new level, with an [[LiteralMinded actual production line]] for them.
* FalseMemories: The Crescendolls' memories are altered so they believe that they were born and raised on Earth.
* {{Fanservice}}: The entirety of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".
* FanserviceExtra: A Brazilian dancer during "Crescendolls".
* FashionShow: While Stella is still captured, the rest of the band sees her attend one.
* FictionalCounterpart: The Golden Record awards to the Grammys.
* FingerlessGloves: Baryl has them.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: In the song "Aerodynamic".
* FreezeFrameBonus: Near the end of “Crescendolls,” the covers of the Monthly Charts (seen briefly before each chart position of “One More Time”) show issues labelled September, October, and November. It took at least three months for the Crescendolls to become famous and for Shep to find them.
* FrozenFace: The brainwashed band and all of Earl de Darkwood's victims.
* GasMaskMooks: The band's kidnappers are an army of identically-dressed gas mask-wearing humanoids. {{Justified|Trope}} in this case since the mooks use knockout gas to subdue the band and audience.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Well, teal.
%%* HerHeartWillGoOn
%%* HeroicSacrifice
%%* HollywoodCyborg
* HonestCorporateExecutive: The Crescendolls' human manager. In contrast with the Earl de Darkwood, he's shown as young and likeable, earnest and enthusiastic about the music, and when the aliens are later revealed, he helps them regain their planet.
* HotBloodedSideburns: Shep.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Seemingly played straight when it turns out the malevolent invaders are from Earth, [[spoiler:then subverted when the rest of the population is informed of the Earl's plans and do everything they can to help the Crescendolls.]]
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Or in this case, a very funky and psychedelic place with big shiny objects that can heavily damage your ship.
* InstantSedation: The knockout gas subdues everyone within seconds.
* InTheHood: Shep's disguise while on Earth.
* JukeboxMusical: Sort of.
* KnockoutGas: The band is kidnapped with the aid of sleeping gas which somehow keeps them unconscious during the lengthy "processing" which turns them into the Crescendolls. Though the band's prolonged sleep may be due to the pods they were transported in.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Conducted not by just wiping the memories, but by rewriting them to take place on Earth.
* Letters2Numbers: ''The '''5'''tory of the '''5'''ecret '''5'''tar '''5'''ystem''
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler:Earl de Darkwood. Justified in that his falling into the lava beneath his mansion could conceivably... somehow... make it explode. Maybe.]]
* LostSuperweapon: The object that landed on [[spoiler:Earl de Darkwood's family manor centuries ago has an unusually high-tech feel about it]]. Especially since [[spoiler:it's already calibrated to disguise aliens as other species and brainwash them; they didn't have that in the days of the first Darkwood.]]
* MaleGaze: Stella gets tons of it; her first close-up is of her backside. And again in the finale, the camera lingers on her rump for several seconds before panning out.
* ManlyTears: Octave's, Arpegius', and Baryl's reactions when [[spoiler:Shep is dying.]]
* {{Masquerade}}: Enforced by the BigBad until near the end, where it gets crazy subverted.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Shep's quarters on his guitar ship are pretty messy.
%%* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon
* MrFanservice: Arpegius; Shep; Octave
* MsFanservice: Stella
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Earl de Darkwood
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Before the Crescendolls, Earl de Darkwood's previous victims were famous musicians who look an ''awful lot'' like Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Music/JimiHendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Music/JanisJoplin and Jimmy Page.
%%* [[NoDialogueEpisode No Dialogue Movie]]
* NoNameGiven:
** We only know the band by their names as the Crescendolls. Their names are only momentarily given during [[FreezeFrameBonus brief moments in the "Crescendolls" section.]]
** Shep's name is never spoken or shown.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Baryl is shorter than the other characters and has dots for eyes. This is a staple of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's style.
* TheNudifier: The lasers cutting off the aliens' clothes during the processing.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Baryl looks like a teenager or a little kid. He's actually 20.
* OneWingedAngel: The Earl comes back from the dead as an {{Energy Being|s}} to thwart the Crescendolls' return to their planet.
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: The characters travel between their galaxy and the Milky Way by means of a warp of some kind.
* PunnyName: Shep, who is in charge of the guitar space'''ship'''.
* PimpedOutDress: Stella's dress for the "Gold Record Awards".
* RealMenWearPink: Arpegius wields a baby pink guitar.
%%* RockOpera
* RousseauWasRight: After humanity learns the true identity of the Crescendolls, they spare no expense in setting things right.
* SaveTheVillain: Attempted by Arpegius with the BigBad. See DisneyVillainDeath and LoadBearingBoss above.
* SchizoTech: The Earl has FasterThanLightTravel, a starship that can disguise itself as a 747 jumbo-jet, and various machines that can alter a person's appearance and memories. He's had some of these since the mid-1700s, and by the time the story takes place, people are still using video cassettes, cathode ray tube televisions, and 78 RPM Longplay records.
* SelfDeprecation: Music/DaftPunk appear as themselves in a cameo at the music awards ceremony, where they lose to the main characters. In case you don't get the significance of that, in a 65-minute video (opening and credits included), they have a five-second cameo, and then they ''lose to a FakeBand playing their music''.
* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: Octave, when sneaking into the record company is confronted by security guards and gets tasered when he reaches into his jacket for the papers about the memory disks he's trying to retrieve.
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: Baryl while in his human disguise.
* ShoutOut:
** The guards at the record company watch a soccer game between France and Japan. This is a subtle nod to the cross-cultural cooperation that produced a Japanese anime set to the music of the French Music/DaftPunk. (Note the score: 2-1 for the French -- the Daft Punk duo and the one Creator/LeijiMatsumoto.)
** Several shout outs to Leiji Matsumoto's works:
*** The hand-on-heart salute of the alien is similar to the one in ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato''.
*** One of the families dancing at the beginning seems to be based off of the Yamato's doctor's character design.
*** During the music award, Baryl's disguise includes Anime/CaptainHarlock's coat and hat.
*** Toward the end, Shep's ship uses a lengthy trail to take off, a reference to ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999''.
** Several allusions to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' with Shep's space walk and the psychedelic wormhole. ''Discovery'' was released in 2001.
** The Earl's spaceship, both through its looks and its ability to shapechange, is very similar to the protagonist's spaceship from the French graphic novel ''[[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Vagabond_des_Limbes Le Vagabond des Limbes]]''.
** The "Crescendolls" logo is inspired by Coca-Cola's.
** When "One More Time" climbs to #2 on the charts, #1 is "High Anxiety" by Mel "Bean" Brooks -- ''Film/HighAnxiety'' being the title (as well as the title song) of an actual Creator/MelBrooks film.
** The cyborgs' car is crushed by a truck, and when emerging from it, the damaged cyborg has a red eye behind sunglasses, like in ''Film/TheTerminator''.
** Darkwood Manor looks an awful like [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} a certain vampire's castle.]] The music in that segment wouldn't be out of place in one of those games either.
** The arrival of the band in a van at night is reminiscent of many ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' episodes.
** The true form of the alien who got turned into Jimmy Page looks like a [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Ferengi]].
* ShowgirlSkirt: The dress Stella wears to the awards show does go all the way around the waist, but the front is a ''lot'' shorter than the back, to invoke this trope.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Stella's the only girl in the band. Doesn't help that her original [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue-skinned self]] actually resembles a bishoujo Smurfette.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The music and action, awesome as they may be, rarely have much to do with one another. Particularly unsettling when a rather upbeat tune plays during the [[spoiler:burial scene]] about midway through the movie. Then again it is an anime movie. Anime has always had a talent for misdirection when it comes to their soundtracks.
* SurveillanceStationSlacker:
** The three soldiers watching the "One More Time" concert rather than paying attention to planetary defense.
** The Record Company guards are too busy watching a soccer game to notice that [[spoiler:Octave has broken in.]]
* TokenBlack: Octave as a human.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: The Earl drops a business card with some plot info on it. Stella's the only one in the room and she's wearing a cleavage-heavy dress. Down it goes.
* WorldTree: Where [[spoiler:Shep]] is buried.

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