Web Animation / Battle for Dream Island

20 contestants. 1 island. Battle for Dream Island.
A unique animated comedy web series created by Flash animators and sibling duo Cary (Creator of Ten Words of Wisdom) and Michael Huang, aka Jacknjellify. Inspired by Total Drama Island in premise, and Homestar Runner in art style and animation style.Okay, so there's this luxurious island. And there are twenty anthropomorphic objects that all want the island for themselves. But only one will get to own it. Who is it? The pencil? The ice cube? The golf ball? The flower? The coin? Or any of the fifteen others? Well, there's only one way to settle this... and it's a reality series, where they will compete in challenges until only one remains.

But who will get voted off each episode? That is entirely up to the viewers.Each episode comes out on a monthly basis, and with each episode crazier than the one before it, who will end up winning the big prize is anyone's guess!

The first season began on January 1, 2010, with new episodes every month. It finished on January 1, 2012. A second season, Battle For Dream Island Again began on June 29, 2012, but suffered serious Schedule Slip, and has had no new episodes since August 2013, despite Jacknjellify repeatedly stating it will come back. Which it finally did on September 1st, 2016... sort of. (And then the second episode of the third season got delayed until December.)

The success of the show inspired many shows in a similar vein, like Inanimate Insanity.

The series can be found here.

Now with its own drinking game!

This show provides examples of:

  • Absurd Phobia: Woody has a lot of them, to an almost comical extent. These include, but are not limited to:
    • Blocky
    • Breaking apart
    • The number 5
    • Tests (referred to as "testophobia")
    • The color gray. He even suffered a fatal heart attack because of it in the finale of the original BFDI.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: The Final 4 Challenge.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: All of the contestants (sans David and Dora) are these.
  • Animation Bump: Certain sequences in some episodes have much more fluid, exaggerated animation than normal. (Examples include the opening of episode 15, most of episode 20 after the black hole scene, and IDFB's opening.)
  • Anyone Can Die: Though the Recovery Centers mean that Death Is Cheap. Until the second season.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • In episode 4, "Sweet Tooth" (2010), the episode starts with a message that the video has been removed, only to say "APRIL FOOL'S!" shortly after.
    • In Episode 16, "Bowling, Now With Explosions!" (2011), the beginning of the episode uses puppet animation.
  • Art Shift:
    • David, Dora, and Yellow Face are all drawn in a much cruder style than the rest of the show.
    • The Long Lost Yoyle-City (and, less noticeably, Davidland) are animated in the 3D modeling program Blender, while the rest of the show is animated in 2D. The sequence where the contestants race up Yoyle Mountain uses the 2D contestants in a 3D environment.
  • Artistic License Physics: In general, the show plays very fast and loose with the laws of physics - enough that one fan made 4 trivia videos discussing these inaccuracies.
  • Audience Participation: Generally, the audience is the one who votes off the characters. However, there are times where that responsibility is given to other characters, and the viewers are instead asked to vote an eliminated contestant back into the game. And then there's the recommended characters who cameo in most every episode...
  • Auto-Tune: Puffball's voice is heavily vocoded.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Everyone can in "Gardening Hero", due to budget cuts.
  • Beautiful Void: The Long-lost Yoyle City.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Needle does not like being called "Needy". Her first instinct is to slap the offender and say "Don't call me Needy!" Sometimes, it actually benefits the offender.
    • Book will freeze you with a syringe if you call her "well-read".
  • Big Damn Hero: Firey saves Leafy from being executed by the other contestants in episode 25.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The TLC. When viewed from the outside in X-ray view, the eliminated contestants are packed tight. When viewed from the inside, there is plenty of room inside.
  • Big "NO!":
    • In episode 6, Snowball does this when he gets Rocky and Golf Ball on his team.
    • Parodied in episode 8. Snowball does this again when he isn't chosen for the relay race; it's sped up this time.
    • In episode 17, Leafy does one after shattering Ice Cube again (after spending hours trying to recover her), causing them to fail the challenge.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The first season. Leafy escapes an execution attempt from the other contestants with the help of Firey, but without recovery centers, they are all doomed to the restraints of mortality. Fortunately, a Hand Powered Recovery Center is created in the next season, but Leafy still has a bad reputation among the contestants.
  • Blatant Lies: Match and Bubble disguise themselves as trees right in front of Firey's replacement speaker box's eyes (if it has any).
  • Bookends:
    • The following case is Up to Eleven: The first and last words spoken in the first season was "yeah", said by Match to Pencil. Pencil even lampshades this just before it happens.
    • Also, as lampshaded by the Speaker Box, Flower was the first and last contestant to be eliminated.
  • Brick Joke / Comeback Tomorrow: On episode 5a, Book slaps Match because they drove past a library, saying "it's the rule", then mentions that she can reciprocate it if they pass a matchstick factory. In episode 5e, exactly that happens.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: In episode 4, the Magic Die of Judgement invokes this several times:
    • Poor Golf Ball gets a 0 because there was dirt in her cake, and she didn't realize it. When the die shows its score, she complains that that's not even possible.
    • Leafy is the third to present a strawberry cake, so the Announcer gives her a 4, and Flower gives her a 0. The die gives her a 15.
    • It is likely that the die also gave Woody a high score, considering that he had a higher score than most of the others with strawberry cakes.
  • Catch Phrase: Many.
    • For Bubble "Oh Noio!", and "Yoylecake!"
    • David has "Aw, seriously?" - which is (almost) the only thing he says.
    • For Eraser, an annoyed "WHICH IS?"
    • Ice Cube has "I want revenge!"
    • Needle has "Don't call me Needy!"
    • Bomby has "Oh no Firey, you lit my fuse!", though it is barely intelligible.
    • Gelatin's "Alright, you just need to calm down".
  • The Cake Is a Lie: Sometimes the safe contestants don't get any cake at a Cake at Stake ceremony. They might get something else instead... or nothing at all.
  • Chekhov's Gag: One of Yellow Face's commercials advertises a box of paper slips that he claims can be used to create money. Pen uses it twice later on (first to get a taco from Leafy, and later in an attempt to bribe the viewers into getting voted back into the game). Then Leafy does the same in order to buy Dream Island in the finale.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Leafy's map of Goiky helps her win the long jump contest in episode 21. At the beginning of BFDIA, she uses it again when Pin and the others are chasing her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pretty much every contestant qualifies as one, but most notably Puffball, Rocky, and Yellow Face.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: In episode 19, David rolls down a hill and bleeps to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
  • Cold Open: Every episode has one, usually a short skit that only occasionally has any relevance to the regular plot.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: At Woody's elimination.
    Speaker Box: Sorry, Woody. You didn't not ain't not get no any none of nothing.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Episode 22 has the contestants escaping from an active volcano. Firey can handle the lava just fine, but as for the others, well... the Recovery Center goes into overdrive.
  • Counterfeit Cash: Exists in the form of a box of paper slips being advertised by Yellow Face.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The Squashy Grapes are twice as big as the Squishy Cherries by Episode 9.
  • Curse Cut Short: Implied in the intro to episode 18.
    Coiny: Oh no! That means he knows about all the times I called him a- (cuts to title sequence)
  • Darker and Edgier: Several episodes:
    • The 24th episode, "Insectophobe's Nightmare 2" hits this when Leafy burns to death. When she doesn't come back, the Announcer says that all of the recovery centers have been destroyed. Afterwards, he releases tons of bugs. As the remaining contestants run, Flower gets hit by a meteor, Firey gets eaten by a bug, and after the Announcer reveals he made the bugs, he pops Bubble. It soon turns into comedy soon after with the David Cloner, and then the revelation that the contestants faked their deaths, but it still is shocking to see all of the remaining cast dead.
    • The finale of Season 1, "Return of the Hang Glider" is even darker. It starts out with the usual lighthearted comedy, but the dark tone comes in around the 6 minute mark. After winning Dream Island, Firey lets everyone in, except for Leafy, because it hurt his feelings when she wanted to get out of the Ferris Wheel. Leafy then steals Dream Island, rendering the whole contest a Shaggy Dog Story. Around 8 minutes in, Flower crosses the Moral Event Horizon, destroying all of the recovery centers and killing Bubble. She then dies by being crushed by a UFO. Woody also dies from a heart attack due to his fear of grey. Then, Pin declares that Leafy deserves the death penalty for stealing Dream Island. Thankfully, it ends on a sweeter note as Firey saves Leafy, and they fly off into the sunset, but it's little consolation for the numerous dark twists.
    • Another very dark one is BFDIA episode 5c, "No More Snow!" First, Ruby accidentally kills Bubble by popping her, then Ice Cube and Match die when she presses the wrong button on Evil Leafy, and then Pencil gets vaporized when Ruby presses another wrong button. It seems like they will be brought back, but the Hand Powered Recovery Center was inside of Evil Leafy, so they're dead forever. Ruby then dies of sadness. W.O.A.H Bunch then falls off a cliff with a spiky bottom, so they press Spongy on the spikes. Everyone gets across, but not Needle. This leads to them killing her with fire, resulting in a pretty scary scene. To make matters worse, Fries, Rocky, Puffball, Golfball, Gelatin, Fiery, and Tennis Ball had already died, leaving only 7 people left. They thankfully come back, but it's still dark.
  • Death Is Cheap: Due to Recovery Centers that will respawn anyone upon death. This gets zig-zagged in BFDIA: the recovery centers are destroyed, so many characters who died last season cannot come back. Then Teardrop wins a Hand-Powered Recovery Center, leading to this trope happening again.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Leafy in BFDIA's intro.
  • Deus ex Machina: In BFDIA episode 5e, W.O.A.H. Bunch has only walked three miles and is about to lose. However, Coiny manages to throw a stick 2,760 miles and hits a button on Freesmart's van, which picks up Needle. The rest of the team clings onto her, and they make it to Yoyleland, climb the mountain, and get second place.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Conversely, Team No-Name loses the challenge when Puffball lets her team get eaten by a giant fish because of her greed for prizes.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Flower kicks Ice Cube just because she didn't think Flower was beautiful.
    • Leafy gives Ice Cube a red ball she found to help her in the contest. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a maroon ball, so Ice Cube incurs a penalty.
    • The next episode, Ice Cube lets a Chain of People fall when Leafy calls for help.
    • Golf Ball kicks Fries into an incinerator because he called her factory a waste of time. Pencil suffers the same fate moments later, just for calling Golf Ball bossy.
    • Puffball takes away Pin's limbs (albeit reluctantly) because she stabbed her speaker box.
  • Deadly Dodging: Pin throws a knife at Leafy. Leafy jumps to avoid it, causing it to fly towards the rest of the cast. Everyone else jumps out of the way, and it hits Puffball's speaker box.
  • Drowning Pit: In episode 19, the eliminated contestants attempt to escape from the TLC. This fails, and the TLC falls into the lake, with water slowly pouring in. Fortunately, the rising sun lifts the TLC out of the lake just in time.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: A variant. Bubble says an "oi" sound for most vowels.
  • Everyone Can See It: At least Coiny does. Tennis Ball and Golf Ball insist otherwise.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Played for Laughs - Flower has a tendency to threaten the audience whenever she has the chance to get back in the game.
    "You'd better vote for me, or... or I'll stretch you!"
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus / Unreadably Fast Text: Every time you see some text, pause the video. You'll probably be wasting your time, though.
    • The Announcer's Diary in episode 19 explains why episode 20 takes place in space.
    • In episodes 18, 19, and BFDIA 2, Dora explains why she eats islands and that she doesn't like David.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Battle for Dream Island is often referred to as its shortened form, BFDI. There is an in-universe pranking company called "Blocky's Funny Doings International".
    • BFDIA has the team "Wheel Ooze a Hole Bunch", which is abbreviated to "W.O.A.H. Bunch".
    • The third season is called IDFB.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • During the balance beam contest.
    Pin: Only one of us can win.
    Leafy: Um... Pin? Wrong finger.
    Pin: Whoops! Heh heh...
    • Pen wants to rename Dream Island as "Pen Island." With no spaces. And just capital letters.
  • Informed Kindness: While Leafy is a nice character, she does have several mean moments. However, her list of niceness states that she's eight levels above "reality-ending nice." All the other contestants, asides from Bubble, are way below the "mean" level, despite many of them being Leafy's friends.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The first season uses a short bass guitar piece by "beatloaf" of freesound.org.
  • Jerk Jock: Blocky, Eraser and Snowball in the first season.
  • Jump Scare: In episode two of season two. You know Evil Leafy's going to magically jump across the cliff and appear in front of the others and it will still make you jump.
  • Kill It with Fire: Poor Ice Cube... And sometimes, it happens to Leafy.
  • Kill It with Water: Firey's weakness.
  • Killed Off for Real: Implied for several characters. Season 2 does not reintroduce the contestants killed in the first season's finale, implying this as their fate. Bubble and Flower have since been brought back again. The only person to remain dead thus far is Woody.
  • Larynx Dissonance: It's hard to tell whether certain characters are girls because their voices are largely androgynous.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Especially including the recommended characters.
  • Nice Girl: Leafy. Subverted in the last episode when she selfishly buys Dream Island for herself, alienating the other contestants (sans Firey).
  • No Budget: In-Universe, The Announcer frequently mentions things being sold or cut back because of "budget cuts".
  • No Fourth Wall: The characters actively know that they are fictional characters, and even call what is currently going on part of an "episode", rather than a more general termnote . They even know David (and possibly Dora) look(s) like (a) human(s), despite not knowing exactly what they are. The characters also refer to viewers of the show by name.
  • No Indoor Voice: Yellow Face. Whenever he says something, he has to yell it, because sometimes no one can hear him when he speaks normal. —>"HMM... I SURE DO!"
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • David and Dora are both stick figure humans.
    • Yellow Face is... a crudely drawn yellow face.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: This is emphasized when two characters fall from a great height; one is caught just above the ground and saved while the other hits the ground and dies.
    • In BFDIA episode 4, a frozen Firey and Tennis Ball are shaken off the Eiffel Tower. Match catches Firey just before he hits the ground, while Tennis Ball shatters as he hits the ground.
    • In IDFB episode 1, Pencil falls off the Yoyle Needy. Book and Ice Cube run down to catch her, while Ruby jumps down the flight of stairs. Book and Ice Cube catch Pencil just before she reaches the ground, while Ruby shatters on impact.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Match and especially Bubble use Gelatin to disguise themselves as trees to be in the game as members of FreeSmart. Needless to say, despite the disguises being worn separately, Firey's replacement box fails to see through the disguise. Subverted at the end of the episode, when Match and Bubble are caught after their team wins and Gelatin is nowhere near.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Eraser thinks that pink is a manly color.
    Eraser: What was that for?
    Snowball: The balloons were PINK! Pink is too girly!
    Eraser: I would disagree. I think pink is quite manly!
  • Rearrange The Theme Tune: IDFB's theme turns into a redone version of the original song about halfway through.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Needle will automatically slap anyone who calls her "Needy." Others sometimes use it to their advantage.
  • Riding into the Sunset: The final episode, when Firey and Leafy hang-glide away at the very end.
  • Retcon and Sequel Reset: Implied. The beginning of BFDIA seems to undo the last part about Firey saving Leafy, and pretends that the rest of the cast still hates her.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • Golf Ball announcing her chance of winning after elimination.
    • Tennis Ball being referred to as "That clumsy Tennis Ball".
    • Needle slapping anyone who calls her "Needy".
    "Don't call me Needy!"
    • Things being sold or cut back due to "budget cuts".
    • Yellow Face's commercials for completely nonsensical products, such as "Non-Removable Headphones" in "Bowling, Now With Explosions", or the "Bubble Transformer" in "Puzzling Mysteries"
    • The "Blocky's Funny Doings International" segments, where Blocky pulls cruel pranks on contestants.
    • Rocky's vomiting.
    • Flower's threats to the announcer or viewers.
    • The contestants forgetting the Announcer's name.
  • Saying Too Much: When Leafy steals Dream Island, this line gives it away.
    Leafy: I know. Especially because Firey never received Dream Island at all.
  • Scenery Porn: Yoyle City, rendered in 3D.
  • Serious Business: Coiny convinces Needle to switch teams in BFDIA episode 3 by threatening to call her "Needy." Three times. In a row. Lampshaded by Fries.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Season 1 ends up as this. See Darker and Edgier above.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Something Completely Different:
    • Episode 5b of the second season is a Platform Game, compared to the other parts of Episode 5 (And all other episodes in general), which are all regular Flash animations.
    • "Welcome Back", the first episode in three years, was quite different, featuring slice-of-life comedy antics instead of a challenge, and voting for a character to return instead of being eliminated. Even the name is different, now known as IDFB.
  • The Speechless:
    • Teardrop doesn't know how to talk.
    • Rocky was able to talk, but, according to Tennis Ball, he forgot how to talk in episode 4.
  • Stock Audio Clip: Ice Cube and Needle speak entirely in recycled lines.
    • Needle stopped doing so in BFDIA 5a, and Ice Cube got a new line in the same episode. But Ice Cube reverted back to recycled lines after that.
  • Stylistic Suck: All of the fake "commercials" in the show are very crudely animated.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted with most female characters, due to their nature as inanimate objects with no eyelashes. Especially noticeable when Larynx Dissonance is also an issue with a character, especially Leafy. Played (relatively) straight with Flower and Puffball.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: This happens to Bubble and Ice Cube often.
  • Time Abyss: Golf Ball is implied to be this, as she wrote the BFDI Tips and Tricks book 1 billion years ago. If not, it's likely Time Travel. But it could also be a joke.
  • Title Drop: Pretty much every episode in season 2 has one with the title of the episode (except for "Insectophobe's Nightmare 3").
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: The black hole in Episode 20 doesn't act too strangely... until it is sold because of budget cuts.
  • The Unreveal:
    • Played with. On Needle's elimination, Coiny asks Needle why she doesn't like being called "Needy". However, before she can answer, she is flung to the TLC.
    • The end of BFDI also qualifies. We never find out what Dream Island looks like.
  • Valley Girl: Match.
  • Verbal Tic: Exaggerated. David says almost nothing but "Aw, seriously?"
    Announcer: Say something else.
    David: No!
  • Vocal Evolution: All of the characters' voices have got significantly deeper since the start of the show, due to the creators hitting puberty.
    • Bubble's voice started out high pitched, and pronouncing many vowels with an "oi" sound. This aspect remained, but it got deeper as early as episode 2. However, starting with "Don't Lose Your Marbles", her voice got higher and more nasal, almost sounding she has a cold. It got even higher in Season 2.
    • Match's voice also got higher again in Season 2.
    • In her first appearance in "Reveal Novum", Ruby had a very high, raspy voice. However, it got much clearer in Season 2.
    • Rocky's voice was fairly high in it's first appearance, but when he talked again in "Rescission", his voice somehow got even higher.
    • By the time IDFB was released, Needle became impossible to voice because of her high pitch. Cary had to ask for another voice actor in one of his other videos.
  • The Voiceless: Woody and Rocky. The former often whines whenever he feels nervous or terrified, and the latter usually minds his own business. However, Rocky spoke at the beginning of the first season, and Woody spoke at the finale ("Oh, hi, Snowball!" and "Leafy?", respectively).
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Rocky does this almost all the time.
    • Pin also vomits on Woody in Episode 1.
  • Voted off the Island: The contestants are usually voted off by viewers, but they sometimes vote each other off.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Inverted. Flower, the first to be booted off, eventually returns to the show, with 57 more votes than Teardrop.
    • Played straight with Woody, who was booted off third and never returned.
    • Donut, who was eliminated first in BFDIA, also qualifies.
    • Dora only had three speaking roles, and two of them were from before she became an official contestant.
  • Wham Line: From "Return of the Hang Glider":
    Leafy: I know. Especially because Firey never received Dream Island at all.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The show takes place in a land called "Goiky," but it is uncertain whether it is a made up place on Earth or on a different world altogether. Goiky is implied to be very close to the North Pole.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Match dyes her hair blue to try to rejoin the game. It doesn't work.