In 2006, a seventh grade student named Tracy Moore made a film for a class. With his friends and their parents and teachers as actors, he went on to create no fewer than five feature films over the course of the next five years. This is the page about those films. In order, they are:The Heir in the Window
(2006) The original Tracy Moore film, about a baby named Kimberly Lauren abandoned by her evil mother Regina Roberts as part of Regina's convoluted plot to kill Queen Elizabeth II and seize the throne of England. When Regina and her son Frederick drop in on the Queen for a visit at the Queen's summer home in New York twelve years later, Frederick discovers a baby picture hidden in his Mother's luggage, spurring him to go on a quest to find his long-lost sister so they can return and defeat Regina's evil plot. Also features Tracy Moore himself in a crossdressing role as the Cloud Cuckoolander
(2007) The first truly feature-length film from Tracy Moore Productions
follows the story of an average klutz named Fubee Snopatropalopolis and her cheese-obsessed mother Carla, as they try to figure out who robbed seventeen million dollars from the bank that Carla used to work at. They follow a trail of clues through gossip DVD's, the newspaper, the weird answering machines and more to track down the robbers. The movies tag line is "A Different Kind of Strange," and This Troper can only say "and how!"Special Delivery
(2008) centers around Dr. Cheryl Feelings
and her niece Mindy in a Two Lines, No Waiting
style. One day, Cheryl finds a mysterious box on her doorstep, which it turns out is actually the "house" of a crazy homeless lady named Mrs. Hinkle. She also receives several generous offers to buy her house from a very persistent realtor named Kathy Calzone. As it turns out, one of the therapy patients, Robert, is an evil insurance salesman
who all but bankrupted Mrs. Hinkles and is now getting therapy in an effort to get at and destroy the evidence from his corrupt dealings. He and his henchwoman Kathy intend to do this by blowing up
Cheryl's house. It's up to Cheryl, Mrs. Hinkles, reporter Clow Harris and schizophrenic patient Alfred to stop them. Meanwhile, Mindy and her Writing Club get together to try to publish the journals of Mrs. Hinkles's late husband Frank into a book.Slick
(2009) follows the eponymous pickpocket as he attempts to defeat a villainous ex-FBI agent named Edith who is obsessed with flip-flops. She has unconstitutionally in-depth files on lots of people, Slick included, and Slick wants his file destroyed. She also has an evil plan to brainwash people using caramels and turn them into 3-D glasses-wearing slave labor for her flip-flop empire. Having traced her down to Salisbury, West Virginia, he decides to hole up with his Uncle Herb, a theater hermit with a shameful past. He blackmails three people into helping him using things he pickpocketed from them: a zucchini gardener, a muffin chef, and a guy obsessed with light bulbs. Together, they defeat the villain, and with his new friends' help, Slick begins to rethink his identity.Vector
(2010) is a Darker and Edgier
turn in the Tracy Moore Productions
catalog. A Super OCD
mailman becomes suspicious when he finds a bio lab
on his route. When the people on his route become sick, he must balance his family and his investigation as he uncovers horrific evidence connected to a bioterrorist.
- 555: Carla's phone number in Fubee is one of these, naturally.
- Acting for Two: Tracy plays both the evil psychiatrist/UBM dealer Felix Davenport and his mother in Special Delivery.
- Actor Allusion: In Fubee, Karen Thaler plays Mrs. Crumpets, a sadistic FBI agent and professional pickpocket. Two movies later, in Slick, she plays Edith, a sadistic ex-FBI agent who does battle with professional pickpockets.
- Aerith and Bob: Fubee Snopatropalopolis and her best friends, Adam and Becky.
- Anti-Hero: Slick. He officially becomes The Hero when he reforms and changes his name back to Chris.
- Bank Robbery: The principal crime being investigated in Fubee.
- Big Bad: One per movie.
- Big Brother Mentor: Frederick to Kim.
- Big Eater: Tony in Special Delivery, to the point where the word he associates most with "Snowman" is "Donut."
- Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: Piinkee Mulddoomm, cheese-maker extraordinaire, catering directly to Carla Snopatropalopolis's taste buds.
- Brainwashing: Edith uses caramels to do this to her clients at the Missing Person Agency, thereby turning them into Flip-Flop Zombies.
- Buffy Speak: The Pickpocket Duel in Slick frequently reverts to this when Slick and Jeremy aren't exactly sure just what it was they just stole.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Regina thinks Helen is this for her.
- Garth is actually pretty okay at the sidekick business, but Edith is a perfectionist Control Freak.
- Captive Audience: The reason Stan gives for talking to his plants.
Stan: Sometimes, I just like to sit and talk to my plants. Unlike people, plants have no choice but to sit there and listen.
- A bonus of Brainwashing is that the Flip-Flop Zombies are forced to just sit there and listen to Edith's long speeches. Garth is being paid to do so.
- Chekhov's Gunman: During the robbery at the beginning of Fubee, Piinkee KO's a random security guard. Turns out that this security guard, Bootith "Booty" Dremmers, is the one who alerted Mrs. Crumpets and the FBI.
- Chekhov's Skill: Fubee learns how to play poker at the beginning of the movie. It helps when she's trying to get information out of Rudy
- Circle of Shame: Parodied in Fubee.
Mrs. Crumpets: Do you know what we must do now, Miss Late? We must all point at you and laugh.
- City of Gold: We never get to see it, but this is what Special Delivery's Marge claims is in the Pencil With the Bite Marks.
- City of Weirdos: Every city that these movies take place in.
- Fubee: Benet, New Jersey.
- Special Delivery: Wattsburg, Pennsylvania. (And most of the weirdos in question are Cheryl's patients.)
- Slick: Salisbury, West Virginia
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Most of the characters, but there's at least one in every move standing above the rest.
- Helen from Heir in the Window almost raises this to an art form.
- Becky in Fubee. A techie Genius Ditz with a swamp in her backyard that she practically lives and breathes (well, drinks).
- Any and all of the therapy patients in Special Delivery, but special credit must go to Alfred and Priscilla.
- Subverted by Mrs. Hinkles, who pretends to have an imaginary dog.
Mindy: Um, Mrs. Hinkles, what color is your imaginary dog?
Mrs. Hinkles: Dog? I'm not crazy. I just like to be noticed.
- Stan the Zucchini Gardener in Slick.
- Completely Missing the Point: Invoked by Felix in Special Delivery as he and Robert have a Seinfeldian Conversation to provide a distraction while Kathy goes to investigate a strange noise.
Like I was saying, young chap, if you are ever galloping through the woods and you see a smallish girl picking her nose with a large twig
, do you (A) put a pot on your head and you look like Johnny Appleseed
and really deep down, believing it inside, or (B) book the nearest flight to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or maybe even (C) throw on some pajamas that have bamboo print on them, only to be mauled by a giant koala bear.
Don't you mean panda bears?
Because pandas eat bamboo, and koalas actually eat mostly eucalyptus leaves.
Felix: My dear boy, you are entirely missing my point.
- Creepy Doll: One of the things Slick pulls out in the epic pickpocket duel.
- In the bonus features, several of the actors expressed their horror at the thing.
- Darker and Edgier: Slick is this to the previous three movies. Vector takes it Up to Eleven.
- Dawson Casting: Inverted twice in Special Delivery with Tracy Moore himself, then a freshman in high school, playing seventysomething Felix Davenport and his ninetysomething mother.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Blink and you'll miss it, but Slick has a bulletin board that has, among other things, the following "List of People who Hate Edith."
- Enforced Method Acting: For Fubee, Moore only gave his actors scripts for the scenes they were in. It led to some confusion in the behind-the-scenes interviews.
- Evil Is Hammy: Regina. Oh so very much.
- Felix Davenport is this as well.
- Evil Laugh: Regina gets a very hammy one when she kills the Queen.
- Kathy and Robert also get theirs when they locate the evidence incriminating Robert in Cheryl's garbage.
- Face Palm: Fubee gets an epic one when she realizes what the "Trust Double" clue means.
Carla: What is it?
Fubee: It spells Fake.
Carla: Delicious discovery, Fubee.
- Failed a Spot Check: When she's searching for poison to kill the Queen, Regina almost trips over a certain red-hatted figure...
Regina: Aah! Helen! What are you doing there?
- Fiery Coverup: Robert and Kathy are trying to use their UBM (Underground Black Market) explosives on Cheryl's house in order to perpetrate one of these in Special Delivery.
- Fridge Logic: Heir in the Window is full of it. Why is the Queen vacationing in New York, in a small house, with only two security guards and an eccentric maid for company?
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Parodied and Subverted. Slick and Jeremy try to pull one on Judge Janelle in Slick, but they both want to be the bad cop, so they end up just both shouting at her. And it doesn't matter, because the Brainwashing has worn off and she's perfectly willing to cooperate.
Jeremy: Who are you working for?
Slick: (muttering) Get outta here, Jeremy. (full volume) You're gonna talk either way.
Jeremy: I thought I was gonna be the bad cop.
Slick: You're not gonna be the bad cop; I'm gonna be the bad cop.
Jeremy: Well then who's the good cop?
Slick: I'm not the good cop! You be the good cop; you're a pansy.
Jeremy: I came up with the idea in the first place!
Slick: Fine. Then we'll both be the bad cop. Gimme the glasses.
(Both don 3D glasses)
Jeremy: What's your Social Security Number?
Slick: Where were you last Tuesday at 10:27 p.m.?
Jeremy: Have you eaten at the new Chinese restaurant on Sixth Street?
Slick: If you were to remove a single flavor of Pringles, which one would it be?
Jeremy: Have you ever walked a mile with your arms tied behind your back?
Slick: (pulling off 3D glasses and getting down on one knee, in a plaintive wail) WHY DID THE YANKEES EVER TRADE FOR A-ROD?
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Rudy in her Facts of Life DVD's. One of the most notorious examples is calling the game of poker "poke her" as a joke when it doesn't even make sense to do so.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The original DVD's of the movies are in very short supply.
- Large Ham: Regina and Felix, as mentioned above, as well as Herb when he's acting in Slick.
- Special Delivery also gives us Priscilla, one of Cheryl's patients.
- Even when she's paid by Kathy to act for her, she brings out a sizeable serving.
Priscilla: No! Not the darkness! NOT THE DARKNESS!
- Lethal Chef: Shondre in Heir in the Window is implied to be one.
- When Fubee visits her house for the first time, Becky serves her some incredibly dry cookies and water from her swamp.
- Then there's Sylvia, from Special Delivery, who, among other things, drinks her coffee with an egg in it.
- Mad Scientist: Victor.
- Mad Scientist Laboratory: Victor has one in his garage.
- Meaningful Name: Cheryl Feelings is a psychiatrist.
- Also, Regina Roberts, who wants to be Queen (Regina is Latin for Queen).
- Subverted with Piinkee Mulddoomm. Despite the copious quantity of double letters in her name, she is not the solution to the "Trust Double" clue.
- The Missionary: The late Frank Hinkles.
- Mr. Exposition: In Heir in the Window, when Frederick first meets Kim, he does a very good job summing up the plot so far for her and those of you having trouble following along at home (which at that point would probably be most of you.)
- Ninja Maid: At the end of Heir in the Window, Helen reveals her Bad Ass side by helping take out Regina.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In Heir in the Window, Joyce Carlson, playing Queen Elizabeth II, doesn't even try for a British Accent.
- Only Sane Girl: Fubee, in a world that's a different kind of strange.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: See the second Paper-Thin Disguise entry below.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In order to sneak up on the Flip-Flop Zombies, Slick wears his normal outfit plus a pair of 3D glasses. Justified because the only thing that distinguishes the Flip-Flop Zombies from normal people is their 3-D glasses and jerky movements (which Slick also imitates).
- Earlier on, he tries to fool Marsha by claiming to be a lumberjack, merely pulling his baseball cap over his eyes and adopting a really bad Canadian accent. She sees right through it...because she recognized his smell.
- Placebo Effect: Subverted. Edith claims that her plan has nothing to do with the caramels, and they're only a placebo. She then samples one. Big mistake.
Slick: No, Edith, it's all about the caramels.
- Poker: At the beginning of the movie, Fubee learns how to play from the eccentric Boris (Tracy Moore). She later turns this into a Chekhov's Skill to get information out of Rudy.
- Punch Clock Villain: Garth. He's only evil because Edith offered him a job.
- Punny Name: Cheryl Feelings, psychiatrist.
- Real-Life Relative: Mother-daughter team Carla and Fubee Snopatropalopolis are played by Real Life mother-daughter team Carol and Claire Doolittle.
- The Rival: Jeremy is this to Slick. They work together to fight Edith, however.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The Pickpocket Duel has even more of this than Buffy Speak, particularly with Slick. This may be Actor Allusion, as Slick is played by high school English teacher Ricky Ganci.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Boris tells one about an actual dog in Fubee.
- Shout-Out: Carla is commending Fubee's sleuthing.
Fubee: I learned from the best.
- Show Within a Show: Rudy McHotston's Facts of Life in Fubee.
- The Stinger
Cheryl: So, Alfred, did you remember to disable the bombs?
Alfred: Disable...disa...I didn't disable any bombs.
Mrs. Hinkles: I didn't do anything.
(Oh Crap moment as they dive for cover.)
- Street Musician
- Terrorists Without a Cause: As far as we can tell, there's no actual reason for Victor to be doing what he's doing.
- Those Two Guys: Elaine and Martha, the Queen's loyal security experts.
- Tied Together Shoelace Trip: Jeremy perpetrates these with Super Speed, first to Slick and later to Judge Janelle.
- Underground Black Market: In addition to his psychiatry practice, Dr. Felix Davenport runs one of these in Special Delivery.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: At the end of Slick.