Web Animation: Battle for Dream Island
A unique web series created by Flash animators and sibling duo Cary and Michael Huang, aka Jacknjellify, and inspired by Total Drama Island
and art style and animation style, Battle For Dream Island
is one of the weirdest series yet.
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!
someone said that it was also inspired by Homestar Runner
, but a tweet from Jacknjellify said it wasn't and said that "It was more of an influence in art style and animation style than anything.
The second season is currently in progress.
It has inspired
a whole YouTube
industry of object shows, like Inanimate Insanity
Now with it's own drinking game!
This show provides examples of:
- All The Worlds Are A Stage: The Final 4 Challenge.
- Animate Inanimate Object: All 20 of the original contestants, of course!
- Anyone Can Die: Don't worry, they'll all revive soon enough. They even have some machines that can revive them, but sometimes, things don't go well with reviving than they think.
- Artistic License – Physics/Space Does Not Work That Way: The remaining contestants function perfectly normally (although being weightless) in space.
Leafy: How are we in space, yet able to talk, breathe, paddle, and not explode?
Speaker Box: Budget cuts.
- Auto-Tune: Puffball.
- 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 and stacked. When viewed from the inside, there is plenty of space in between each one.
- Big "NO!": In episode 6, Snowball does this when he gets Rocky and Golfball on his team.
- Parodied in episode 8. Snowball does this again when he isn't chosen for the relay race. This time, it is sped up to save time.
- Justified in episode 17, when Leafy accidentally shatters Ice Cube with a frisbee throw and recovers her after answering a long string of questions regarding the recovery, only to shatter her again just before the sun goes down. This causes them to fail the challenge.
- Bittersweet Ending: At the end of 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.
- Subverted when the hand-powered recovery center is created.
- Blatant Lies: Match and Bubble disguise themselves as trees right in front of Firey's replacement speaker box's eyes (if it has any)
- Book Ends: The following case is Up to Eleven: The first and last words spoken in the first season was "yeah", said by Match to Pencil.
- 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". On episode 5e, which was released 7 months later:
Book: Ow, what was that for?
: We, like
, passed a matchstick factory. It's the rule!
- Broke the Rating Scale: In episode 4, the Magic Die of Judgement is proven to be magic.
- 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.
- 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 Boomerang: 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.
- Cluster Bleep Bomb: In episode 19, David rolls down the hill and bleeps to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
- 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... expect the Recovery Center to go into overdrive.
- Counterfeit Cash: Used by Pen so he can get a taco from Leafy, but later used by Leafy to get Dream Island.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Squashy Grapes are twice as big as the Squishy Cherries by Episode 9.
- Also, BFDIA's first challenge.
- Curse Cut Short: Implied in the intro to episode 18.
- Darker and Edgier: BFDIA, because of the more dramatic death scenes, the harsher challenges, and Evil Leafy.
- Death Is Cheap: Due to Recovery Centers that will respawn anyone upon death.
- 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, so characters can come back to life. Unfortunately, if nobody cares for a dead character, that character can't be revived.
- Decoy Protagonist: Leafy in BFDIA's intro.
- Diabolus Ex Machina/Deus ex Machina: In BFDIA, episode 5e, W.O.A.H. Bunch has only walked three miles, Freesmart has finished, and Team No-Name is clearly going to get second place. Suddenly, Puffball lets her team get eaten by a giant fish because of her greed for prizes. Then, Coiny and Pin think they can throw a stick 2,760 miles to hit a button on Freesmart's van that can help them get ahead. On the second try, the stick hits a button that activates a magnet, 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.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Leafy gave Ice Cube a red ball she found to help her in the contest. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a maroon ball, so Ice Cube incurred a penalty. The next episode, Ice Cube let a Chain of People fall when Leafy called for help.
- The entire cast wants Leafy dead just because she stole Dream Island.
- 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 made Pin lose her limbs, just because she stabbed her speaker box. The knife was supposed to hit Leafy, but she jumped to avoid it.
- 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.
- Everyone Can See It: At least Coiny does. Tennis Ball and Golf Ball insist otherwise.
- 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 explained why episode 20 would take 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".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Pen wants to rename Dream Island as "Pen Island." With no spaces. And just capital letters.
- During the balance beam contest.
Pin: Only one of us can win.
Leafy: Um... Pin? Wrong finger.
Pin: Whoops! Heh heh...
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake
- 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.
- Karma Houdini: Double Subverted in episodes 9 and 10. Snowball not only proved useless to his team; he tied up his teammates and dragged them along, exhausting himself, making them lose by default, and causing them to fall into a bottomless pit. At the elimination, he got 18 votes, which was more than everyone else combined. However, the Squishy Cherries chose him to switch to their team, and Teardrop was eliminated instead.
- Kick the Dog: Flower does this most of the time while still competing.
- Snowball also does this, especially to his own teammates.
- Kill It with Fire: Poor Ice Cube...
- And sometimes, it happens to Leafy.
- Kill It with Water: Don't remind Firey of that...
- Killed Off for Real: 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
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Especially including the recommended characters.
- Love Triangle: Coiny, Needle and Snowball. However, Snowball and Needle barely interact after Episode 1 for mysterious reasons. The Needle-Coiny couple is briefly referred to again in a split-second cameo by a recommended character in Episode 21.
- The Merch: The BFDI Shop.
- Nice Girl: Deconstructed with Leafy. Subverted in the last episode in the other contestants' eyes (except Firey), when she selfishly gets Dream Island for herself.
- No Budget: Battle for Dream Island OOZES with it.
- 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, Dora, and Yellow Face. Two were very unpopular, while the third was very popular.
- 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 failed to see through the disguise.
- Subverted at the end of the episode, when Match and Bubble are caught after their team wins and the disguise, Gelatin, is nowhere near.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Eraser thinks that pink is a manly color. He's a pink eraser after all.
Eraser: What was that for?
Snowball: The balloons were PINK! Pink is too girly!
Eraser: I would disagree. I think pink is quite manly!
— Episode 11: "Lofty"
- Revenge Before Reason: Needle will automatically slap anyone who calls her "Needy." Others 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 undoes the last part about Firey saving Leafy, and pretends that the rest of the cast still hates her.
- Saying Too Much: When Leafy steals Dream Island, this line gives it all away.
Leafy: I know. Especially because Firey never received Dream Island at all.
- Scenery Porn: Yoyle City, rendered in 3D.
- Serious Business: Coiny convinced Needle to switch teams in BFDIA episode 3. By threatening to call her "Needy." Three times. In a row. Lampshaded by Fries.
- Shout-Out: BFDIA's fourth episode, Zeeky Boogy Doog. Even more played when it is realized that it is named after Firey's suggestion for the island name, Zeeky Boogy Doog. After he suggests it, cue Bomby falling into the incinerator.
- Leafy's known for her infamous line "Blue skidoo, you can too!", as it references  to a point.
- Something Completely Different: Episode 5b of the second season is a Platform Game, compared to 5a and 5c, which are both regular Flash animations.
- 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.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted STRONGLY 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: That happens to Bubble a lot. And to Ice Cube.
- 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.
- Too Quirky To Lose: Rocky, to an extent; despite consistently being put up for elimination, he was never voted to be eliminated until late in the show.
- Double Subverted between episodes 10 and 11. He had the most votes to be eliminated, but when the winning team had to choose either Rocky or Golf Ball to be on their team, everyone shot down Golf Ball in favor of Rocky.
- He also had the most votes to rejoin the second season.
- Unexplained Recovery: Thanks to the Recovery Center.
- 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 asked Needle why she doesn't like being called "Needy". However, before she could answer, she was flung to the TLC. Nobody in-universe knows why she hates being called that, but some viewers have an idea why.
- Valley Girl: Match.
- The Voiceless: Woody and Rocky. Woody often whined whenever he felt nervous or terrified, and Rocky sometimes minds his own business. However, Rocky spoke at the beginning of the first season, and Woody spoke at the finale. Rocky's first line was "Oh, hi, Snowball!" and Woody's only line was "Leafy?".
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Courtesy of Rocky.
- The Watson / Lampshade Hanging: Leafy.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Inverted. Flower, the first to be booted off, eventually returns to the show, with 57 more votes than Teardrop.
- 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.