FilmCow is an animation studio headed up by Jason Steele. They are the creators of weekly shorts, both animated and infrequently live-action. Their most notable works include many animated series, including Charlie The Unicorn, Llamas with Hats, Marshmallow People and Detective Heart of America. and the longer animations The Cloak and Spatula Madness.They are also behind various other many one-shots and three planned feature-length films: An animated film based on Spatula Madness which was never finished* Although the finished scenes are being released sporadically on their channel; A live-action film named Nick: The Feature Film, a mockumentary about a film director who is perhaps too obsessed with a regular man named Nick, and records an entire day in his life; and their most recent: A film based on the Detective Heart of America series that was Kickstartered and is slated for release in 2014.Their website can be found here, their YouTube channel here, and their second channel here.
Tropes that appear in their videos include:
All There in the Manual: George's wife is only referred to as "woman" in the videos, but the playlist for the series reveals her name to be Angela.
Likewise, "It's Super Mario" portrays Mario as a racist, murderous maniac.
Art Shift: The "It's..." series (so far including "It's Aladdin!", "It's Cake, Boss!" and "It's Super Mario!") has noticeably worse art in comparison to the standard fare videos that are posted on the channel.
Ass Shove: Chris is on the receiving end of one of these thanks to a huge sword flying from the sky, courtesy of Rob's artistic impression of the end of "Nick: The Feature Film".
Big Bad: Dad Cop 2 has Mister Kill/The Chief of Police.
Big Eater: Star Catfish from "Charlie the Yannicorn", who is constantly hungry and thinking about food. Ends up being a Chekhov's Gun when he ends up saving the day by eating the ghost king.
Black Comedy: A lot of the site's humor involves things that are normally played for utter horror by other people.
At the beginning of "Chris Draws a Cartoon", Jason says that he wrote something that wasn't too difficult for Chris (who has never drawn before) to handle. Cue the characters describing the highly detailed Scenery Porn around them, forcing Chris to work very hard on just about every scene.
Wizard horse is not using Google glasses to take pictures of you without pants on... Ok, glass, zoom in...
Blood Knight: Carl from the Llamas sketches to a disturbing degree. He eats faces just to let you know.
Catch Phrase: The Baby from "Detective Heart of America 2" has "I'm just a stupid baby!"
The recent "Ghost House" videos have the narrator make some revelation about the situation he's in and say "Oh shiiit!"
Cloud Cuckoo Land: The skits tend to be in places where.......things happen. Like going to Candy Mountain and having your kidney's stolen. Or having a sentient, communist hating, Cloak and a disembodied, singing, head and spine talk about the sweet milk from the breasts of Freedom. Save for a select, completely frazzled few, virtually everyone in the skits are crazy to some extent.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: Amongst his insane and downright creepy outbursts, Dennis from The Magical Realm of Horseman says a few very insightful things.
Dennis: (In response to one of Horseman's egotistical rants) One day, the universe will collapse into entropy and even Shakespeare and Coca-Cola won't be remembered. So what chance do you have? Horseman: Oh for God's sake, Dennis, stop Holocausting my party.
Cloud Cuckoolander: Nick could have been this in Nick: The Feature Film, but Rob plays into this trope much more. That is, until Chris shows up and blows him out of the water in regards to craziness, and Chris ends up being the resident Cuckoolander.
Combat Pragmatist: The titular eagle in the "Detetctive Heart of America" series. In the first video, he pulls out a gun and shoots Pinocchio in the face and in the second he attempts the same on The Baby and when that proves unsuccessful, he stamps him down with a boot.
Disproportionate Retribution: Zulway, God of Mercy's judgements always involve mercilessly exploding the perpetrator, no matter the offense. Such offenses include disagreeing with Zulway on which ice cream flavor is best.
Eagle Land: "Detective Heart of America" exists to parody this.
Credits: (Episode 1): Detective Heart of America, he saved the day! Took out his fuckin' gun and blew Pinocchio away! AMERICA! Credits: (Episode 2): Detective Heart of America, he saved the day! Took out a big ol' boot and beat that baby in the face! He's going to jail!
Mystery of the Missing Emerald Necklace, aside from being the only part of the Westington Manor trilogy where the elephant detective does not die, ends with the mystery being solved and the culprit finally being caught and arrested, abeit in the most anticlimatic way imaginable.
The Hedonist: Both of the Marshmallow People. Becomes a plot point in the second video when they realize that nothing they do fulfills them, and they try to make up for everything they've done.
House Rules: Chris's version of Monopoly in Nick: The Feature Film appears to be entirely made up of these.
I Am Not Shazam: Subverted in Dad Cop 2. The protagonist's name is Dad Cop 2.
Informed Attribute: Pretty much everything that Woman says about the animal/dinosaur/alien/robber. No matter what she says about it, from what we see it's pretty much just standing/floating there doing nothing but meowing occasionally.
Jerkass: Horseman. Dear Zulway, God of Mercy, Horseman. Same goes for the Marshmallow People.
Karmic Twist Ending: Nick: The Feature Film features one: [[spoiler:Robert can't bring himself to allow Chris to end up as the hero of the film, so he gives his "artistic rendition" of what happened as the film's ending, and ends up putting Chris through the most insufferable pain possible.
Lame Pun Reaction: Yannicorn groans when Star Catfish, when told that there's nowhere around to get a pot pie, says that he feels like he's going to pot cry.
Mood Whiplash: "OMG BISCOFF SPREAD" begins as what seems like an advertisement for the spread, but quickly devolves into a nightmarish descent into madness over said foodstuff's contents.
The Movie: "Detective Heart of America" is getting one in 2014.
My Rules Are Not Your Rules: The rules to Chris's game of Monopoly in Nick: The Feature Film appear to be this. [[spoiler:He ends up giving Robert the two worst properties in the game and a grand total of three dollars.
Scream Discretion Shot: In "Bino the Elephant", when the flower from hell is crawling up Bino's urethra. We instead see Dr. Z listening to Bino's screams via their communicators.
Soundtrack Dissonance: Bino the Elephant's title theme, aside from being ridiculously catchy for a song that plays over a video of an elephant being dropped into hell, features a sound clip of children cheering at three moments which coincide with when Bino gets trapped in hell, Bino catching fire, and Bino being impaled on spikes.
Stylistic Suck: The "Detective Heart of America" videos have shades of this.
The charlie teh unicron series when compared to Charlie the Unicorn.
"Wizard of the West" is another example.
Subverted Kids Show: Sort of. Any cartoon that starts off innocent and especially when it's Tastes Like Diabetes is guaranteed to become totally horrifying toward the middle. The shorts that start off odd maintain a subtle creepiness (such as "In This Box").
Steele made an entire cartoon attacking Chris Brown; it even used some of the man's own words against him.
People expected his John McCain cartoon to be this, but it turned out to just be a nonsensical, surreal cartoon that happened to star the politician. In the Filmcow DVD commentary, Jason Steele even emphasized that the cartoon wasn't supposed to have any political agenda or message; he just liked how McCain always said "my friends" and thought it would be funny to base a cartoon off of that quirk.
charlie teh unicron a rather crudely drawn and animated Charlie the Unicorn pastiche, was most likely aimed at people who kept requesting new episodes of the latter.
The Mystery of the Missing Silver Pendant is one against George Zimmerman.
Telefrag: Bino accidentally kills Dr. Z's wife this way.
Tempting Fate: Done intentionally by the guy being bothered in "Professor Toothy" in order to get Professor Toothy to show up so that he can attack him.
The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: "It's Aladdin!" parodies this, the genie only knows how to do impersonations of celebrities who won't exist for another thousand years.
Tomato in the Mirror: Parodied in "Ghost House" which ends with the ghost haunting the house accidentally cutting his finger, which makes him realize that he's not really dead or a ghost. He's just an idiot who deluded himself into thinking that he was.
Trademark Favorite Food: George in "The Animal", "Jurassic Park 5", "Prometheus 2", and "The Robber" is making eggs at the start of each episode. Naturally, he never gets to eat them.
Trigger Happy: George Zimmerman in "The Mystery of the Missing Silver Pendant".
Also the eponymous character from Dad Cop 2. He even ends up shooting the Chief of Police.
Unfortunate Implications: invoked In "It's Super Mario!", Toad points out the racism in Mario's rather poor imitation of an Italian, comparing it to "putting on a bad Chinese accent and yelling 'fried rice' a bunch." Then...
Mario: Mario can do Chinese! Toad:No, no, please don't - (Mario turns into a more "Chinese" version of himself) Chinese!Mario: It's-a-me, Mari-roh! Toad: God, no...
Visual Pun: The Mystery of the the Missing Emerald Necklace has the culprit immediately surrendering to the elephant detective, and then they just stand there silently and awkwardly as they wait for the police to arrive. The obvious question would be why the culprit would steal all those treasures and then give up, but it's not mentioned because they're not talking about the elephant in the room.
Spatula Madness has a fair bit of this. The ending of Spatula Madness: The Doctor's Office is definitely this, and the ending of A Night of Spatula Madness is even worse. In the latter case, the protagonist starts continuously screaming at the horror of dozens of manatees impaled on chains hanging from the ceiling of a huge underground chamber, with clocks grafted to them. Oh, and at least one of these manatees is still alive.
Any episode that starts off normal is guaranteed to reveal a nightmarish psychopath in the cast. Especially if there's a song.
Shocking Swerve: "The Mystery of the Missing [X]" series has these as the norm.
The Missing Jade Scepter interrupts the elephant detective's introductory monologue by having a falling chandelier fatally injure him, and the rest of the episode shows him slowly dying in great pain.
The Missing Emerald Necklace shocking swerves itself by having the culprit reveal himself and turn himself in immediately, and the rest of the skit is the detective and culprit awkwardly standing around as they wait for the police to arrive.