Mutafukaz note is an adult animated science-fiction film that was a co-production between French and Japanese animation studios (Ankama Animations and Studio 4°C respectively). It was based off a comic series of the same name, and was directed by Shōjirō Nishimi and Guillaume "Run" Renard.
The film follows Angelino, a young man living in the rough, crime-ridden Dark Meat City. He lives a mostly normal life with his friend Vinz and oddball Willy. However, an innocent glance at a captivating girl leads to him being involved in a scooter accident with an oncoming car.Recovering with bruises and a killer headache, Angelino begins to notice strange things happening around him: people with sinister shadows and men in dark suits following him wherever he goes. When he and Vinz are attacked at home by masked, heavily armed police, they then find themselves on the run.
Very quickly, one out-of-the-blue scooter crash propels Angelino into the plots of a race of aliens called the Macho, who are intent on invading the planet.
Oh yeah, did we mention this film was odd?
Mutafukaz was debuted at the AIAFFnote on June 13, 2017. It was then released in France on May 23, 2018 and in Japan on October 12, 2018. An English dubbed version by GKIDS was released for a limited run along with Fathom Events on October 11 and 16, 2018 in the USA, Canada and the UK.
Beware of unmarked spoilers! It is better to watch this film without knowing too much of the plot details.
The film provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abnormal Ammo: Crocodile, after being humiliated by Angelino earlier in the movie, tries to kill him with bullets that leave craters in the ground.
- Adolf Hitlarious: During the backstory explanation for the guardian wrestlers, a freeze frame shows one wrestler (complete in Masked Luchador style mask and costume) punching Hitler in the face while a group of Nazi soldiers look on in shock.
- Aerosol Flamethrower: At one point, Angelino uses an aerosol spray and the flames on Vinz' head to create a makeshift flamethrower. It's just as nuts as it sounds.
- Alien Invasion: The Macho aliens have been gradually invading Earth by impersonating humans and taking positions of authority, including the Presidency. The potential Sequel Hook (or not) shows Mr K has given up on a gradual invasion and is about to start a full-on violent takeover of the Earth.
- Art Shift: The film does change its artstyle at certain dramatic points. A particularly note-worthy example is when the animation suddenly changes to detailed, comic book style illustration with Limited Animation.
- Butt-Monkey: Agent Crocodile just cannot catch a break. Every one of his attempts to kill Angelino ends in humilation/near death experiences. You might even start feeling bad for him, until he mentions off-hand that as a kid he enjoyed torturing animals. After that, you won't feel so bad when he gets shot then crushed by a helicopter.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Mr K brainwashes Angelino into letting go of his humanity and killing Vinz. Angelino nearly goes through with it, but snaps out of it just in time.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sometimes huge chunks of text will fill the screen to show what Angelino is feeling at that moment, such as: "Why are these strange men chasing us?" Played for Laughs.
- Captain Ersatz: The 2 major gangs in the movie, the Grapes and the Limes are clearly stand ins for the Crips and the Bloods. In the comic, they are almost explicitly the actual Crips and Bloods, with the same colors as their real life counterparts.
- Casting Gag: The wrestler with a tiger head named El Tigre is voiced in the English dub by Jorge Gutierrez. He is also one of the creators of the Emmy award winning cartoon El Tigre.
- Combat Tentacles: The Macho aliens including Angelino when he gets brainwashed gain black tentacles when their human form is badly injured.
- Deranged Animation: If the character designs didn't clue you in already.
- Studio 4°C are also known for Tekkonkinkreet, which has a similarly trippy aesthetic style.
- Distracted by the Sexy: The whole plot is kickstarted because Angelino is too engrossed in staring at Luna to notice the large van heading his way.
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: The weakness of the aliens is cold weather. When it becomes too cold, the Macho turn blue and can't move until they freeze to death. Angelino is affected slightly by this, being a hybrid.
- Eye Scream: A few people are shot in the eye or have their eye dangling out of the socket throughout the film. There is also a close up shot of a crow plucking an eye from a dead rat.
- Faux Shadowing: Near the beginning, Angelino is shirtless and we see that he has a big scar near his hip. At one point he even contemplates it momentarily. It never comes up again.
- Feathered Fiend: A crow stalks Angelino and Vinz throughout the film, and whenever it finds them The Men in Black arrive soon after. It is possible the crow is also a Macho, see Voluntary Shapeshifter.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Angelino is a hybrid of human and Macho.
- Humanoid Aliens: Sort of. The Macho take human form to blend in with the rest of humanity, but their real forms resemble black tentacled slugs.
- Interspecies Romance: Mr K, the leader of the Macho, finds any romantic relationship between a human and Macho to be disgusting. However, Angelino was the outcome of such a relationship, making him a hybrid.
- Karmic Death: Bruce getting his eye shot out by Shakespeare and then all the gangs gunning the former down is nothing short of poetic justice; especially since Bruce shot Shakespeare's eye out and caused a war between law enforcement and the Grapz and Limz.Shakespeare: An eye for an eye, motherfucker!
- Made of Iron: Angelino gets in a head on collision with a truck while riding a scooter. He walks away with little more than a killer headache.
- Shakespeare survives taking a revolver round to the face, coming back later with an eyepatch. On the same note, Agent K also seems to shrug off getting one of his eyes shot out, though he doesn't do so well against the hail of gunfire that occurs immediately after.
- Masked Luchador: The guardian protectors of Earth, who were once Aztec warriors and have lived for centuries, work as professional wrestlers in day to day life. The narrator claims they do this to stave off existential boredom. After all, the Earth doesn't always need protecting.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer makes it look like Angelino's collision with a truck kickstarts the plot of the story. It happens within the first 5 minutes of the movie, and he walks away from it mostly fine. It does cause him to start seeing the true shadows of the macho.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Whilst Angelino, Vinz and Willy are cartoonishly designed, most of the villains and background characters have realistic proportions.
- Older Than They Look: Angelino and his friends look like they could be children, especially due to all the other adults in the setting being normal adult sizes and shapes compared to them. But Angelino is 20 years old and his friends are presumably about the same age.
- Portent of Doom: One of the guardian wrestlers has a vision of a fiery skull on his sandwich, and finds a stain that resembles a cockroach. The audience know that these omens do relate to the main characters, but the other wrestlers are a bit more cynical.
- Space Base: At the very end of the film it turns out the Big Bad has a base on the Moon and is about to start a Macho alien invasion of Earth. Cue the end credits.Angelino (on seeing this): Oh..ok
- Speaks in Shout-Outs: The morbidly obese leader of the Grapes, fittingly named Shakespeare, quotes the Bard for practically all his lines. Doesn't do him much good when Bruce shoots him in the face.Bruce: I can quote Shakespeare too...bitch.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Vinz clearly dislikes Willy, and Angelino barely tolerates him, and its clear why. He's obnoxious and cowardly to the point of running away at the climax when Angelino is getting beaten within an inch of his life while Vinz tries to actually do something. Even so, Angelino considers him close enough that he doesn't feel comfortable leaving Willy to die, and Vinz ultimately is the same way, even though he only goes very grudgingly.
- The Men in Black: Angelino and Vinz are chased by them throughout the film. You can tell they're the Men in Black because they have MIB on their car numberplates.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Bruce dispenses one of these to Angelino, since he's a musclebound hunk and Angelino is toddler-sized.
- Unusual Pets for Unusual People: Angelino's pets are cockroaches. Swarms of them.
- Vinz is disgusted by Angelino feeding them, but this attention pays off as the cockroaches later follow Angelino and come to his rescue.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The fact that Vinz literally has a skull on fire for a head, or that Willy is an anthropomorphic bat with braces, or professional wrestlers are guardian protectors of the Earth, is never commented upon in a serious way and just adds to the overall insanity of the film. Especially notable as people note that it is odd that Angelino is a pitch black completely hairless guy, but nobody notes anything being off about the other two.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: The Macho can take the form of humans, and possibly other creatures. Angelino's father took the form of a large black dog when he saved his son from being killed as a baby.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The crow that is all but stated to be spying on Angelino for the Macho disappears after the shootout in the Grapes' territory.
- White Mask of Doom: The heavily-armed police sent after Angelino all wear expressionless white masks.