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Animation / The Illusionauts

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The Illusionauts (Los ilusionautas) is a 2012 Peruvian animated film. (Released on November 13, 2013 in the US as Freedom Force — this is not related to the video game franchise Freedom Force.)

A group of twelve-year-old kids are sent into the imagination of France's worst science fiction author, Jean Visogneaux, to set his sci-fi stories straight. While completing this mission, they have to use their skills to their advantage and work together as a team.


The Illusionauts provides examples of:

  • Butt-Monkey: Pascal, the team's inventor, is abused way too much throughout the film.
  • Five-Token Band
  • Edible Theme Naming: Profiterole and his uncle Cognac. Seriously.
  • Gasshole: Profiterole.
  • Gratuitous French: The English dub really wants you to know that the setting is in Paris, France. Chateau himself has an exaggerated French accent while everyone has a normal American accent.
  • Jerk Jock: Peter deals with two of these in the beginning.
  • Kid Hero: Peter, Aristotle, Nicole, and Profiterole.
  • Mad Scientist: The Professor is called one. Maybe it doesn't help that his English actor is Christopher Lloyd.
  • Reset Button: With the stories of Jean Visogneaux messed up by a villain, the mission for the team is to enter each Jules Verne story to find and trigger a hidden reset button which will reset the story to it's original state.
  • Running Gag: Profiterole's gas problem. He even uses it to his advantage. Yes, really.
    • The villain having a bug fly into his mouth whenever he does his Evil Laugh
  • Satellite Love Interest: Nicole for Peter.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Nicole is the only female main character.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The blond guy has been working with Chateau while trying to sabotage the mission.


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