Video Game / 3D Movie Maker
3D Movie Maker was a piece of software released in 1995 by Microsoft Studios
. It enables users to create 3D movies with easy-to-use tools and pre-created actors, props, and settings. It features a host by the name of McZee
, who explains how everything works. An add-on featuring characters, props, and settings from Doraemon
was released, but only in Japan
(though it was later brought over to the states). In 1996, a Spin-Off
featuring elements from then-popular Nicktoons
(Rocko's Modern Life
, The Ren & Stimpy Show
, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
). Stick Stickly
hosted the program.
Since you can make pretty much anything with it, hilarity
, or reality
will ensue. But most people prefer hilarity
Although the series hasn't been continued for nearly 20 years, it still has a very active modding community
. Most of the mods require the v3DMM emulator.
This series provides examples of:
- Action Figure Speech: The program was too primitive to move the lips of any of the characters, so more often than not they end up Milking the Giant Cow just to talk. Only partially averted with characters from the Doraemon expansion (the characters' mouths could move, though they weren't synced to any lines and they still gesticulated wildly).
- Anything Goes: Seriously, you can do ANYTHING. There's absolutely no limit to the things you can make.
- Cartoon Creature: McZee
- Cloud Cuckooland: Imaginopolis, the main setting of the game.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: McZee is a mild case of this.
- You can make any actor one if you so choose.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: You can do this yourself by using female voice clips on male actors or vice versa.
- Crossover: Thanks to the Doraemon pack, you can have anime characters going on adventures with random people.
- Dolled-Up Installment: The Nickelodeon version is mostly the same as the original, only with Nicktoons stuff, different aesthetics, and less content.
- Emote Animation: Overacted ones, to be precise.
- Eye Scream: Rocko and Ren have this action in the Nick version.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: One of the actresses has their face reprinted on the backside of her head that is covered up by her hair.
- Fan Translation: Someone released a mod to translate the Japanese text from the Doraemon expansion pack (which the English game displays as a long string of question marks) to English.
- Game Mod: Most of which require the v3DMM virtual machine.
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: Stick Stickly isn't sure if the Chooseometer is pronounced Choose-O-Meter or Choose-ometer (like thermometer).
- Limited Wardrobe: Averted. Every human actor has four different costumes.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: There are tons of actors to choose from. Even more when mods are added.
- Mad Scientist: Willy.
- Mouth Flaps: Averted. None of the actors (save for the Doraemon characters) have animations for moving their lips.
- Though you can at least change the expressions of the Nicktoon characters, including mouths, playing this straight.
- Milking the Giant Cow: EVERYONE.
- No Export for You: The Doraemon expansion pack was never officially released outside of Japan. However, somebody got their hands on it and brought it to the states, making it an aversion.
- Spiritual Successor: Garry's Mod, in a way.
- In 2004, Nickelodeon released a similar program called "Toon Twister 3D".
- Sprite/Polygon Mix: Bitmap backgrounds with a built in depth map are used so that you can place the 3D actors and objects anywhere in the scene and have them appear properly occluded by foreground objects.
- Talking to Himself: Only three people are credited for voice talent.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: When you're limited only by your imagination (and the stuff they give you), even allowing you to record your own voice, which means you can make all kinds of vulgar, violent stuff, much like the stuff that is made with American Girl Premiere. There's also no word blacklist, you can write rude things with the 3D word tool. See Grand Theft Auto Escanaba, Grand Theft Auto Nick Series, and Grandpa Found the Car Keys for examples.
- You Gotta Have Blue Skin: Willy.