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[[caption-width-right:350:[[CaptainObvious I AM A BANANA]]]]

->''In the spring of 1999, the Family Learning Channel commissioned animator Don Hertzfeldt to produce promotional segments for their network. The cartoons were completed in five weeks. The Family Learning Channel rejected all of them upon review, and they were never aired...''

''Rejected'' is a collection of animated shorts from animator Creator/DonHertzfeldt. He utilized a very minimalist approach to the artwork and incorporated very surreal elements. Was nominated for the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Film in the year 2000.

Watch it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuOvqeABHvQ here]].

The cartoon is only 10 minutes long, so spoilers are unmarked. All the better reason to watch the cartoon before reading this page.
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!!These shorts provide examples of:

* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: A significant portion of the spoken dialogue has really weird intonation.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Ticks cannot fly no matter how angry they are.
** Rabbits cannot howl or fire angry ticks out of their nipples.
* BlackComedy: "Honey, come quick, Poopie's taking his first steps!" (baby then falls down an endless flight of stairs to wild applause)
* BlandNameProduct: The ''Family Learning Channel'' and ''Johnson & Mills''
* BloodyHilarious: Several of the segments have copious amounts of blood PlayedForLaughs, such as the second and third scenes with ThoseTwoGuys and the "My anus is bleeding!" segment.
* BodyHorror: Having a giant growth form on your forehead, having your eye explode into a never-ending stream of blood, having your anus bleed infinitely...
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "Dance! Everybody dance!" "Yay!" "Life is good!" "This is fun!" "[[CaptainObvious My anus is bleeding!]]"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Probably one of the most chilling examples with the ending. The cartoon becomes "unstable" and the stick figures have to outrun the pages being creased, holes become literal black-holes and characters get crushed by the credits.
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: Literally, with the "SILLY HATS ONLY" segment.
* CaptainObvious: Every spoken line in the "My spoon is too big" scene.
* CreatorBreakdown: [[invoked]] Parodied; Hertzfeldt grows increasingly depressed as short after short is rejected, and as his creativity bottoms out, the animated world collapses in on itself.
* DadaAd: The entire point/FramingDevice of ''Rejected''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The man with the top hat at the Silly Hats Only party gets beaten with baseball bats because his hat isn't silly enough.
* DownerEnding: Ends with [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the cartoon's world falling apart and collapsing in on itself]] to symbolize Hertzfeldt's CreatorBreakdown. Especially [[NightmareFuel eerie]] since the final shot is of presumably the final person to die, looking up in horror as the image distorts violently before swiping to black.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: At the end, the entire cartoon world falls apart into nothingness as the creator has a nervous breakdown.
* EyeScream:
** The last of the segments for "The Family Learning Channel" has a guy start bleeding from one of his eyes.
** The first of the Johnson & Mills ads has an alien steal a guy's eyes. Other than being blinded, [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction he doesn't seem too bothered by it]].
%%* HappyDance
* HighPressureBlood:
** The scene where the guy's eye pops and the jet of blood from the socket sprays all over his friend.
** The character in the "My anus is bleeding!" scene ends up drowning in his own blood.
* HongKongDub: Played for laughs with the two normal-looking stick figures.
* MediumAwareness: During the climax, at least one character is desperately banging on the FourthWall, either trying to escape or seeking the viewer's help.
* {{Minimalism}}: For a guy known for making the most of strange and sneaky camera tricks, this is incredibly stripped-down.
* MouthFlaps: Intentionally mismatched with the dialogue.
* NapoleonDelusion: "I am the queen of France!"
* NonSequitur:
** "Tuesday's coming. Did you bring your coat?" "I live in a giant bucket..."
** "Do you want to go see a movie?" "I'm feeling fat and sassy!"
* OverlyLongScream: The segment where one guy starts bleeding profusely from his eye, and he and his friend just stand there screaming at each other.
* OurSloganIsTerrible: Several of the ads for Johnson & Mills products.
-->Johnson & Mills Fish Sticks: "Now With More Sodium!" "Sweet Jesus!"\\
Johnson & Mills Kelp Dip: "I Am a Consumer Whore!" "And How!"
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Any instance of bleeding, but especially the character who drowns in his own blood.
* PopUpTrivia: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjFxc75zuUE This version]] of the short has text commentary by Hertzfeldt.
* SelfDeprecation: The basis of the film is that Don Hertzfeldt is having a nervous breakdown because he can't sell any of his work.
** Ironically, Don himself admits that he's turned down many commercial deal offers since his fame with Rejected.
* ScreenTap: [[PlayedForDrama Used to]] [[NightmareFuel horrifying effect.]] In the ending, a stickman desperately bangs on the paper [[spoiler:as the animated world around him collapses. It's to no avail, as he is consumed by the Dream Apocalypse.]]
%%* SoundEffectBleep
* SoundtrackDissonance: "My anus is bleeding" uses a Swedish Christmas song.
* SplashOfColor: Blood. And the banana.
%%* StickFigureAnimation
* StylisticSuck: The left-handed cartoon.
* SurrealHumor: Heads straight into SurrealHorror territory by the end, when the animated world starts falling apart.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The two normal-looking stick figures, who get creepier and more surreal as their scenes are shown. They have three scenes, starting with a screaming tumor and culminating in one of the men getting his stomach ripped off and having it placed on the other man's head, who then goes on to declare that he's "the queen of France" while his arms grow and wiggle.
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