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Creator: Film Cow
FilmCow is an animation studio headed up by Jason Steele. Their most notable works include Charlie The Unicorn, Llamas with Hats and The Cloak, as well as various other one-shots. Their website can be found here.

Tropes that appear in their videos include:

  • 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.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: "It's Aladdin!" portrays Aladdin as a deceitful Jerkass who only cares about sleeping with Jasmine. invoked
    • Likewise, "It's Super Mario" portrays Mario as a racist, murderous maniac.
  • Badass Cloak: The Cloak from "The Cloak" is the literal version of this
  • Black Comedy: A lot of the site's humor involves things that are normally played for utter horror by other people.
  • Black Comedy Rape: "Bino The Elephant."
  • Blood Knight: Carl from the Llamas sketches to a disturbing degree. He eats faces just to let you know.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Ferrets" is a gradual example of this, as Harold slowly realizes how unhinged his friend is during the latter's List Song.
  • Bullet Catch: In "Detective Heart of America 2"
    The Baby: I just caught your bullet with my gun, no big d.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Booboo in "Business Cats" is an exceptional accountant. He is also phenomenally creepy.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Why should Doctor Fabulous remember who Zorg is? He battles a thousand alien scumbags every week!
  • Catch Phrase: The Baby from "Detective Heart of America 2" has "I'm just a stupid baby!"
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Amongst his insane and downright creepy outbursts, Dennis from The Magical Realm of Horseman say 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.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The entirety of the Cracklin' Oat Bran commercial.
  • 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.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Hit It With A Car, where Chris Alex hits everyday objects with a Cadillac Eldorado.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Cloak is this towards Russians
  • For Science!: Dr. Z's reason for doing just about anything in "Bino the Elephant".
  • Fundamentally Funny Fruit: The entire premise of "Stanley and the Pineapple."
  • Gainax Ending: "Marshmallow People 2"
    • "Marshmallow People 3" even more so...
    • Every episode of Dark Midnight.
  • Go Madfromthe Revelation: One of the puppet creatures when he finds out that Biscoff Spread is made of cookies.
  • Happy Ending: Spatula Madness
    • 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.
  • I Ate What?: "The Walrus Song".
    Mister Walrus: What?!
    Tim: That glop I feed you every morning is walrus meat. You're a cannibal.
  • Jerkass: Horseman. Dear Zulway, God of Mercy, Horseman. Same goes for the Marshmallow People.
  • 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.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Hit It With A Car. Chris Alex rams a shiny yellow Cadillac Eldorado into everyday objects, and he cannot be more excited. Contrasting this is Nick Alex, who looks at things more objectively.
  • Narrating the Obvious: The random cop from "The Cloak" stating that he's a cop and upholds a variety of laws and edicts.
  • Orifice Invasion: Courtesy of Bino The Elephant. And a sentient flower. In Hell.
  • invoked Shocking Swerve: Played For Comedy in every episode of Dark Midnight... Twice.
  • Parody Commercial: The OMG CRACKLIN' OAT BRAN and OMG BISCOFF SPREAD are these. Fannie and Earl begins as a usual skit but suddenly turns into a commercial for Pizza Hut by a singing "spook".
  • Pastiche: Many of the live action videos...
  • Precision F-Strike: In the final scene of Professor Toothy.
    • Possibly the first they ever did is at the end of Detective Mittens. Early cartoons in general had little to no harsh language.
  • Reality Ensues: In "A Serious Business Meeting", Johnson breaks into song about how Tom's advertising proposal is "totally gay". Johnson is promptly fired.
  • 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 3 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.
  • Surreal Humor: Oh, very.
  • Take That:
    • 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 nonsentical, surreal toon 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.
  • Talking Animal: A great number of the cartoons.
  • 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.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Doctor Fabulous gives us "Oh sweet fancy Moses, what is that?!"
  • 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...
  • Villain Song: Make Me Smile
  • 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.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Professor Toothy is horribly burned by sugar.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Big Bad of Spatula Madness.
  • Wham Lyric: Everybody knows the holocaust was a lie, So let's sing about the things we like and don't be shy..
    Harold: Wait, what was that about the holocaust?
    • "OMG BISCOFF SPREAD" has one that isn't really that shocking, but is treated as such by the puppets:
    Puppet 2 (describing the foodstuff) It's made out of fucking cookies!

YMMV Tropesnote 

  • Moe: Angela. Good Zulway, God of Mercy, you just can't help give the poor girl a hug for all the crap Horse Man puts her through.
  • Ear Worm: Every song from Charlie The Unicorn, as well as The Walrus Song, Ferrets, and John McCain and his Vegetable Friends. Disturbingly so.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Puppet creatures with pointy sharp teeth from the depths of Hell.... and they fuckin' love Cracklin' Oat Bran!
  • 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 a falling chandelier fatally injure him, and the rest of the episode is him slowly dying in great pain.
    • The Missing Silver Pendant has George Zimmerman barge into the scene and declare the detective to be threatening him, then shoots him dead only to be killed by the falling chandelier.
    • 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 arive.
  • The Woobie:
    • George. The poor guy just wants to eat some eggs, but he is constantly dragged into confrontations between his wife and various strange creatures.
    • Angela from the "Horse Man" series. She's a dear who receives constant criticism and insult from everyone, Horse Man repeatedly forces her to cancel her own activities to participate his own, and often runs off in tears by the end.

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