Web Animation / Dr. Tran
Tran: I'm not a doctor!
Narrator: YES, HE IS!
is an animated web series by Lone Sausage Productions
that follows an unfortunate 5-year-old boy whose life has been turned upside down by a disembodied "trailer narrator
"-type voice. It was all started by the 2003 short Here comes Dr. Tran
, in which the Narrator
describes Tran as a secret superagent and the star of at least 30,000 Dr. Tran movies (and a doctor), while Tran tries (unsuccessfully) to drive the voice away. The short has quickly become popular through Memetic Mutation
Other shorts in the series include:
- Roybertito's - A Spanish-language ad for a Mexican restaurant featuring special tie-ins to Dr. Tran products.
- Dr. Tran's Quiet Log Time - Tran enjoys a quiet evening by a campfire. Hilarity Ensues
- Summer Splash - Introducing Leland the Cough Drop and Fat Friend, who argue whether Tran is a superhero or not.
- Mr. Tran & The Toy Cack - Tran and Leland are driven by Leland's grandma to a toy store.
- 100% ICE - Grandpa lectures Tran, Fat Friend and Leland on how to advertise their products. Introduces Hotel Soap, to whom cocaine is like vitamins.
- Fruit Hat - Tran is sitting in a subway station. An old lady asks him to buy some chewing gum for her, and Hilarity Ensues.
- Dr. Tran Fanmail - Fourth-Wall Mail Slot series in the style of the original short.
This series provides examples of:
- Curse Cut Short: "I love to put carob right up my a- *hits little boy with car*
- Department of Redundancy Department: From the original, Tran, when his Berserk Button is finally pressed by the ever-persistent narrator: "You make me mad, and you make me angry!!"
- Drives Like Crazy: Leland's grandma.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: The old lady in Fruit Hat thinks Tran is an ugly little girl.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Yes, he is called Fat Friend.
- His actual name is Barbara.
- From Bad to Worse: Grandma Norma's vehicular homicide gets Turned Up to Eleven near the end of Toy Cack. How, you ask?
Grandma Norma: How did we wind up at the children's hospital?
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: One blink-and-you'll-miss-it part of the Roybertito's ad features a man about to fellate a penis.
- Girls Have Cooties: "Girls are grody!"
- Gratuitous English: "Dear Dr. Tran, Why I always have so an hard feeling in my pants at the morning?" from Fan Mail episode "Keith Cares"
- Humiliation Conga: Any skit that involves Tran and a narrator can be viewed as this. A little Asian boy whose entire world is being manipulated by some unseen voice, the situation gradually becoming more and more hilariously insane at Tran's expense, until he's a knotted ball of frustration. The first Dr. Tran short and Nail Gun are prime examples of this.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: Leland's grandma gives one in "Dr. Tran and the Toy Cack", and it goes on and on until Tran says, "SHUT UP! WHY DON'T YOU JUST SHUT UP RIGHT NOW?!"
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: The talking chicken defends his obsession with gum by saying it's an illness.
- Improvised Weapon: Dr. Tran has apparently killed his own mother with a broken lawn chair.
But... I love mother!
- And the trusty pneumatic nail gun hot glued to his left hand, which he fires every .5 seconds
- In a World...: Here Comes Dr. Tran
- Infant Immortality: Averted. No matter what she does, Grandma Norma just can't stop hitting little boys.
- Inherently Funny Words: Dickable.
- Interactive Narrator: Well, who d'ya think?
- There are three of them. The main Narrator, the old man narrator from Dickable Afternoon, and the narrator for Roybertito's.
- Japanese Ranguage: In the original short: "I've never been to Amellica!!"
- Jerk Ass: The talking chicken and Grandpa, but especially the Narrator. He apparently loves screwing around with Tran's head, and his reality, for no reason. We don't even know why Tran is the one he screws around with. One way to look at it is that the Narrator really believes Tran is an action superstar, which is sort of backed up by the appearance of two alternate Trans, one in the 1940s, another in the 2040s. Of course, given his power, he could've just created those two Trans solely to mess with Tran once again. Two examples come to mind:
- Merchandise-Driven: Parodied. In-universe, you can apparently buy anything with Dr. Tran on it. This gives Tran a hard time; denying being famous is a bit difficult when one is standing in a Dr. Tran Inflatable Pool.
- Mind Screw: The Furious Little Cinnamon Bun. Really, a giant penis comes down from the sky and crushes the bun?
- After crossing the border.
- Also, the entire Roybertito's clip.
- Motor Mouth: Roybertito's narrator.
- Noodle Incident: Leland's grandma taking off her top and being killed by Greg Kinnear.
- Perhaps it happened at Toy Cack. After all, it IS the store's motto.
- Offscreen Inertia: A probably unintentional example due to the series being abandoned. The last we ever see of Tran, he's uncontrollably firing a seemingly endless supply of nails from a nailgun stuck to his hand. Apparently, he lives like this now.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on the talking chicken's face when Tran finally sees him in Fruit Hat.
- Only Sane Man: Tran, barring somewhat of an obsession with soap.
- Overly Long Gag: "Where are you going to take us?"
- Plot Hole: In Here Comes Dr. Tran, Tran clearly states that he's never been to America. However, The Furious Little Cinnamon Bun would imply that he has, since Leland heard the cinnamon bun cross the border, and it's made clear from that that Leland lives in America. However, given the power of the narrator, he could have warped Tran to America some time during the course of the series.
- Or Dr Tran went to America after Here Comes Dr. Tran, the first shot, where he met Leland and Fat Friend, before moving back to Vietnam by the time of Dr. Tran Fan Mail,.
- Precision F-Strike: Grandpa during Part 1 of the '100% ICE' sketch, causing Tran to blanch in shock.
Grandpa: [Discussing Hotel Soap] And he's so fuckin' wonderful, he could be the only reason people buy your smokable ice, or Ice-Over-My-Hammy.
- Reality Warper: The Narrator, it seems. Aside from, well, being a disembodied voice, his achievements include: Changing Tran's clothes, turning the scene into 3D, summoning a heavy rain during a sunny day and, though this is probably stretching the trope, contacting Tran's past and future selves.
- Real Trailer Fake 30,000 Movies
- Well, for the most part. There actually is a "Dr. Tran 30,000 DVD Box Set," but it doesn't actually contain 30,000 movies.
- Retraux: The Dickable Afternoons commercial, zipping in and out of sepia and black and white and full color.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Leland the Cough Drop.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Grandma Norma in ''Toy Cack'.
Grandma Norma: BAIL OUT!
Tran: No, wait — she left!
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: The Old Man in the 100% Ice shorts.
- Sex Sells: One of the bits of advertising advice that Grampa gives to Fat Friend.
- The narrator constantly espouses Tran's sexual prowess.
- One of the posters has topless female spies on it.
- Leland takes Grampa's advice, just naming his roadside stand business "Tits".
- Shout-Out: Right before having the seventh Dr. Tran Fan Mail episode inflicted on him, Tran is happily building a birdhouse and whistling the theme to He-Man.
- Stylistic Suck: The Peanut Butter Hula Quest and Dickable Afternoon commercials.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: "I love Dr. Tran. I am an Asian male."
- Tears of Blood: One of the guys in the Roybertito's ad.
- Visual Pun: Look at that fat cock!
Sorry Doctor, that was fucked up. It was a rooster. Come on.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It's ambiguous where Tran actually lives.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: The "Keith Cares" Fanmail episode.
- Your Mom: The narrator either has Tran kill his mom, or kill your mom, but not before giving her the best orgasm ever.
- You Say Tomato: Fat Friend says "hev" for have, "melk" for milk, and "pellow" for pillow.
- From the "Time Machine" Fanmail episode: "hay Dr. Tran, i was wondering do you HEV i time machine or i laser cannon and how much ice did you sell?"