Creator: Don Hertzfeldt
Don Hertzfeldt (born August 1, 1976) is the creator of many short animated films, including the Academy Award nominated "Rejected" and Everything Will Be OK. He has an odd style, stick figures on paper with very little use of digital processing. You can get his films at his website, Bitter Films, and read up on some Word of God in this Reddit thread.His animated shorts include:
- Ah, l'amour (his earliest student work and Trope Namer for "Bitter Films")
- Lily and Jim
- Billy's Balloon
- The Meaning of Life
- A trilogy concerning a mentally ill man named Bill; Everything will be ok, I am so proud of you, and It's such a beautiful day.
- The opening, intermission and ending to the first The Animation Show he did with Mike Judge. These are called, respectively:
- "Welcome to the Show"
- "Intermission in the Third Dimension"
- "The End of the Show"
- Wisdom Teeth (an adaptation of this Temporary Anesthetics strip)
- The Couch Gag for The Simpsons episode "Clown In the Dumps"
- World of Tomorrow, his first short film to be animated digitally.
His works provide examples of:
- Bloody Hilarious: Several gags involve violence, with ridiculous amounts of blood throughout.
- Deranged Animation: and how!
- Stick Figure Animation
- Ax-Crazy: All of the female characters.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The main protagonist keeps getting horrifically slaughtered by every girl he meets, all because he was being nice to them.
- The Chew Toy / They Killed Kenny: The main protagonist.
- Bait the Dog: After abusing Billy, the balloon seems to finally relent and acts friendly toward him, and even lifts him high up into the air to make up for it. And then it keeps going up....and up...and up...until it finally drops him and continues the abuse.
- Surreal Horror: Ever been beaten to death by a balloon?
- Genre Roulette: Discussed.
- Medium Awareness: The rabbit.
- Self-Deprecation: The end: "Pretentious Student Film?"
- Blind Date
- Cringe Comedy
- Mockumentary: Apparently? Interviews with Lily and Jim are interspersed throughout the film, but are never explained.
- Moment Killer: Type 3
- Twice Shy
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: A variant. We can see three stitches from Nigel's wisdom teeth operation sticking out of his mouth, whenever he talks.
- Hope Spot:"Yes, yes! I think this is finally the end of it!"*Some more pulling*"No, wait, there's more. Much, much more."Cue WTHH face from Nigel.
- Foreign Sounding Gibberish: The dialogue is some strange pseudo-Scandinavian gibberish.
- Mind Screw
- Overly Long Gag: A solid three minutes' worth. Note that the entire video (sans credits) lasts only five minutes.
- Surreal Humour / Surreal Horror
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: There is at least one reference to the audience in all three segments.
- Brick Joke: The beginning segment starts out with the two characters talking about the lobby of the theater, and by the ending there are a slice of pie, a hot dog, and a soda cup walking towards the right of the screen, with music in the background singing about, whaddaya know, the Lobby.
- Call Back: Both the characters are based on the "Fluffy Guys" in Rejected, down to the Swedish christmas carols playing in the background.
- Captain Obvious: The second half of the beginning of The Animation Show.
- "MY HEAD IS NOW A GIANT EGG!"
- Department of Redundancy Department: The erudite character tends to do this a bit. It's especially prominent in the beginning segment."The Animation Show is the greatest animation show ever created by human beings. Only the most animated animation film animations make it into the Animation Show."
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The scene with the Giant Eyeball.
- As well as the robot battle at the very end.
- Funny Background Event: in the ending song to the beginning segment, the erudite character (who has long legs and one hand bigger than the other) is running back and forth, on fire.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: The result of wearing 3-D glasses: some horrifying hallucinations followed by screaming, "IT'S LIKE I CAN TOUCH YOU!"
- Half Dressed Cartoon Blobby Cloud Thing: "But I'm not wearing any pants." "ME NEITHER!"
- Hypocritical Humor:Left Fluffy Guy: An animated film is not just a random series of mindless, self-indulgent violent cartoon images meant only to be enjoyed by young children and people with mental handicaps, but as a serious, valid art media all unto itself, in which the artist is free to explore the purity of the film medium down to each and every single frame! The animated arts are-
Right Fluffy Guy: ROBOTS!
(over a minute of Fluffy Guys getting mauled by robots)
- Mushroom Samba: The third dimension. At the end of the sequence, one of the characters is holding a giant lollipop shouting nonsense as Swedish Christmas music plays in the background. Then the lollipop becomes a swarm of spiders which begin to eat the character.
- Offer Void In Nebraska: "3-D Glasses may not be available in all areas!"
- Robot War: "ROBOTS!"
- Tank Goodness: Complete with an autocannon on top.
- Techno Babble: In the second segment, one of the characters asks the other about 'the third dimension', prompting a verbose response that ends with "The very face of god!"
- Tin-Can Robot: The enemy robots.
- Amnesiac Lover: Homer's memories of the old Marge make her far-future self even more disturbing.Still love you Homar.-Epasode Numbar 20,254
We are happy family.-Epasode Numbar 37,211.4
I will never forget you.-Epasode Numbar 100,411.2
All hail the dark lord of the twin moons. All animals can scream.-Epasode Numbar 164,775.7
- Art Evolution: First Homer fiddles with a time-traveling remote that viscerally morphs him back to his crude 1989 model, then in a panicked attempt to undo the rewind, he launches into a far future where he and his family are grotesque mutant caricatures that barely resemble their original selves.
- Death of Personality: The design of the characters and the show change so radically that by the year 10,535 the family has been reduced to a disturbing collection of caricatured mutants that can only sputter broken catchphrases and hock merchandise.
- Loss of Identity: see above
- Nu Speling: The terrifying "Sampsans" of the year 10,535 showcases a few new months (Aprall, Oktobar, Marchrüary — no Smarch, though), a new decimal calendar system, and "a"-heavy phrases like "outernet markat," "now availabal," and "epasode numbar."
- Only Sane Man: Homer seems to the only one to retain a portion of his humanity.
- Ridiculous Future Sequelisation: The show airs its 164,775.7th "epasode" on Septembar 36.4, 10,535.