Club Of The Discarded, also known as Club of the Laid Off, (original Czech title Klub odloených) is a 1989 stop-motion short film by Jiří Bárta.
Set in an old building somewhere in Prague, we see several mannequins laying about. Through the magic of stop-motion animation, they start moving and act mechanically going about daily routines non-stop. This changes when said group of mannequins are thrown out by some live human workers and get replaced by a different crowd of mannequins, who are lively and noisy.
The film showed up late nights on PBS affiliates in the USA. It also is available for viewing on video sites like YouTube and has been collected on home video, such as the Cartoon Noir DVD.
This animated film contains examples of the following tropes:
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Some of the mannequins are nude but depicted this way.
- Creepy Doll: Or in this case, creepy mannequins.
- Cute Kitten: A real live cat is seen in the film.
- Gainax Ending: The film concludes with all the mannequins gathered around an old television and just staring at the static on screen.
- Mind Screw: The whole film.
- Nice Hat: Some of the mannequins wear them.
- Snowy Screen of Death: The mannequins stare at this on the television set.