The Mysterious Geographic Explorations Of Jasper Morello
is a series of Australian
animated short films directed by Anthony Lucas, notable for their unique CGI cut-out animation style which shows almost everything in silhouette. The first film, Jasper Morello And The Lost Airship
, was released in 2005 and nominated for an Academy Award, while several more are planned.
This film contains examples of:
- Affably Evil: Dr. Claude Belgon. He's the nicest of the crew towards Jasper, and gets on well with him. Right up until the good doctor starts letting the creature feed on the crew.
- Apocalyptic Log
- The Atoner: Jasper, for accidentally knocking a man off the ship on his last voyage with a navigational error.
- BFG: Kovacks wields one while out on the island. It appears to be steam-powered, and is fired to save Jasper from the carnivorous vegisectoid creature.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The creatures on the island are mixture of this and man-eating plants. The first of them transforms one of its tendrils into a tropical bird, and even sings with it to draw in prey!
- Bittersweet Ending: Or just a Downer Ending, depending on how you interpret it.
- Body Horror: The Sickness, which starts out with flu-like symptoms, then goes into horrific glowing orange boils and growths.
- Character Title
- Cool Airship: The Resolution and the Hieronymous.
- Death World / Everything Trying to Kill You: According to the Gothia Gazette, it seems that everything can and will malfunction, maul you, poison you, kill you or drive you insane.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The film uses B&W with Silent Film-influenced tinting: the island is green, the stormier areas of uncharted air are dark blue, the mountain peaks are pale blue, and everything else is sepia or grey.
- The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Gothia is essentially a gothic/steampunk version of Victorian England.
- Floating Continent
- Flying Seafood Special
- For Science!: Dr. Belgon seems to be a positive example of this at first, what with his kooky, harmless experiments and fascination with insects. Then he gets obsessed with the creature from the island...
- Ill Girl: Jasper's wife, Amelia.
- Jerk Ass: Captain Griswald.
- Machine Worship: Word of God says that The Ebeneezer, who is continually referred to, is a living computer.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Claude Belgon. Looking at his character profile, he appears to have plenty of motive to be desperate for a find, no matter the cost.
- Man-Eating Plant: Mobile and intelligent, too!
- Mix-and-Match Critters: The "porcfish", a flying fish/porcupine hybrid.
- Nothing but Skulls: The crew of the Resolution find a pile of these with skeletons in the cargo hold of the Hieronymous.
- Ominous Fog: All of the airships have to navigate through it. And like the sea, many dangers can be concealed within.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Used when LeBrun is eaten by the creature.
- The Plague: The Sickness, which ravages Gothia.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Dr. Claude Belgon.
- Scenery Porn: Every single frame.
- Shadow Discretion Shot: Inverted - everything else is monochrome and shown in silhouette, but blood and gore are red and very visible.
- Steam Punk
- The Sky Is an Ocean
- Sky Pirates: Captain Griswald suspects that the ship may have been attacked by these. Unfortunately, something far worse was responsible...
- Soylent Green: The only cure for the plague that's killing the people of Gothia is a creature that feeds on human blood. And tissue, when it can get it.
- Steam Punk
- Those Magnificent Flying Machines
- World in the Sky