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aka: Blood And Ice Cream Trilogy

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The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (a.k.a. just the Cornetto Trilogy, or the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy) is a series of films directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg and Wright also serve as the writers for all three films; the movies are all distributed by Universal (or former sub-label Rogue Pictures), and produced through their British subsidiary Working Title (previously a part of Polygram Filmed Entertainment).

The films do not share a universe, instead functioning as a Thematic Series; recurring elements in each include a recurring Production Posse, copious amounts of Bloody Hilarious, numerous Mythology Gags, the smashing of two film genres together, and the appearance of Cornetto-brand frozen ice creams that gives the series its name.

The individual films are:

See also: Spaced, the earlier series on which the team formed, though it differed in its own creative team by being co-created/written by Pegg and Jessica Hynes, with Wright having less input overall and Frost a supporting actor rather than in a starring role. Should not be confused with Paul, another film distributed by Universal, written by and starring Pegg & Frost, who play a pair of Brits that pick up an alien during a Road Trip Plot; the movie is in no way related to the series, and has no involvement with Edgar Wright.

The series as a whole contains examples of:

  • Ascended Extra: Some of the Production Posse get more prominent roles in the following film.
    • Martin Freeman was a nearly voiceless cameo in Shaun of the Dead, a minor character as Angel's boss in Hot Fuzz, and a lead as Oliver Chamberlain in The World's End.
    • Rafe Spall is a minor character in Shaun of the Dead, DC Andy Cartwright in Hot Fuzz, and back to a minor character in The World's End.
    • Paddy Considine was a supporting character as DS Andy Wainwright in Hot Fuzz and a lead as Steven Prince in The World's End.
    • Demoted to Extra: Bill Nighy plays a major role as Phillip in Shaun of the Dead, gets a brief appearance at the beginning and end of Hot Fuzz, and appears as a voice-only role as The Network at the climax of The World's End.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In each film, the Protagonist played by Simon Pegg has a different colored hair:
  • Bloody Hilarious: The trilogy is called Blood and Ice Cream, and each movie serves it up deliciously.
  • Britain Is Only London: Averted in all three films.
    • Shaun of the Dead takes place in London, but it's stated that the Zombie Apocalypse is a nationwide crisis - the characters just happen to be in London.
    • Hot Fuzz & The World's End both start in London, but soon relocate to rural towns of Sandford & Newton Haven respectively. Furthermore, both involve underlying conspiracies, neither of which concern London; Hot Fuzz is focused entirely on Sandford, whereas The World's End is global.
  • Call-Back/Foreshadowing: Everything from the start of each film will be referenced or inverted later in the film. The films are The Law of Conservation of Detail up to eleven.
  • The Cameo: Loads and loads of famous British actors across all three films. The cameos increase in number in each film, so chances are you'll recognize at least one person.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Throughout the trilogy, jokes said early in the movie often come back in either a more dramatic or an even funnier form.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The colour of the Cornetto appearing in each film represents the genre of that film: respectively, strawberry red for blood, original blue for police, and mint green for aliens (though the aliens in the film aren't actually green).
  • Coming of Age Story: The late bloomer variety for each main character and it shows their respective arc through the films.
    • Shaun of the Dead: Shaun has to grow out of his stagnation in order to mature and find motivation without the safety net of his parents to fall back on. He also learns that his parents were never perfect as they were people too and equally flawed.
    • Hot Fuzz: Nicholas Angel grew up too fast and never learned to relax and socialise with others, whereas his partner Danny still behaves like an immature child as he never emotionally left his father's side after the death of his mother. Through Nicholas, Danny learns to be responsible with his police work. While Nicholas learns to drop the pressure of police work that he built up for himself since he was a kid.
    • The World's End: Gary King never let go of his past and drags his childhood friends back to Newton Haven to accomplish his dream of finishing the golden mile. He also learns to pick himself up from rock bottom after confronting the fact that everyone in his life has moved on without him and he has to break his coping mechanism of retreating into the past so he can live a healthier life.
  • Darker and Edgier: Despite being the "Blood and Ice Cream" name, the movies get less Bloodier and Gorier (and arguably less ice cream-ey) consecutively. However, despite the lesser bloodshed and body counts as the series goes on, do not assume this means the movies become Lighter and Softer.
  • Distant Finale: Each film has a final vignette showing how the (surviving) characters are doing some time on. The World's End includes a straight-out "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Foreshadowing: Every line in the first halves of these movies are pretty much hints to future events. Shaun of the Dead and The World's End especially since an entire line of dialogue in each summarizes the whole plot before they even start kicking.
  • Freudian Trio: In all three films, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's characters both alternate and play-off between these three states.
    • For Pegg:
      • Shaun: Ego
      • Nicholas Angel: Superego
      • Gary King: ID
    • For Frost:
      • Ed: ID
      • Danny Butterman: Ego
      • Andy Knightley: Superego
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
  • Lighter and Softer: Hot Fuzz, but not in the traditional sense as it's just as violent and rude as the other films, but it's the only one in the trilogy whose world doesn't succumb to an apocalyptic end.
  • Manchild: The main theme connecting the three films, besides the gore and the ice cream. All of them deal with the idea of a Man Child; the consequences, the benefits, and the potentially unhealthy reasons for acting like one.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Simon Pegg's character takes a shortcut over garden fences in each movie: In Shaun of the Dead, a single section collapses underneath Shaun. In Hot Fuzz, Angel clears four fences easily, but Danny smashes through the first one. And in The World's End, an entire fence topples under Gary's weight as he's fleeing an army of Blanks.
    • Each movie has a scene involving Nick Frost and a Cornetto ice-cream: Strawberry in the first movie, which symbolises the gore; Blue Classico in the second, which matches the police's blue uniforms; and a mint one in the third for Little Green Men.
    • Each movie involves at least one pub featuring the same fruit machine with an identical jingle: in the first, all they do is go to The Winchester, and the characters end up setting up foot in one; in the second, Danny and Nick always hang out at the Porters' pub and even have a shoot-out there; and the third centres around performing a pub crawl.
    • Identical duos appear in all three films: the zombie twins in Shaun of the Dead, the two Andys and the Sgt Turners in Hot Fuzz, and the twins in The World's End.
      • The zombie twins also reappear as different characters in the following two movies. The "Blokes with the cutlery" in Fuzz and two of the pub patrons at the end of World's End.
    • Each movie has a scene where either Simon Pegg or Nick Frost's character drives, with Nick Frost (as Ed and Danny Butterman) driving twice and Simon Pegg (as Gary King) driving once.
    • Several examples hark back to Spaced. For example, in Shaun Of The Dead, the trolley from outside 23 Meteor Street appears outside Shaun and Ed's flat and Tyres later turns up as a zombie.
    • Some form of Insistent Terminology crops up in all three movies. In Shaun of the Dead, Shaun does not like the Z-Word. In Hot Fuzz, Nicholas insists on using politically correct terms from the police service handbook. In The World's End, there's an insistence on not calling the antagonists "robots".
  • Sequel Escalation: Zig-zagged. Each film is more ambitious than the last, but the on-screen body count actually gets lower in each subsequent film.note 
  • Spiritual Successor: To Spaced. In fact, Shaun Of The Dead is based on the Spaced episode where Tim plays too much Resident Evil 2 and starts seeing zombies everywhere.
  • Thematic Series: The three films aren't set in the same universe but are connected thematically.

Alternative Title(s): Cornetto Trilogy, Blood And Ice Cream Trilogy