3D Movie Maker was a piece of software released in 1995 by Microsoft Studios. It enables users to create 3D movies with easy-to-use tools and pre-created actors, props, and settings. It features a host by the name of McZee, who explains how everything works. An add-on featuring characters, props, and settings from Doraemon was released, but only in Japan. In 1996, a Spin-Off was released featuring elements from then-popular Nicktoons (Rocko's Modern Life, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters). Stick Stickly hosted the program.
Although the series hasn't been continued for nearly 20 years, it still has a very active modding community. Most of the mods require the v3DMM expansion.
This series provides examples of:
- Action Figure Speech: The program was too primitive to move the lips of any of the characters, so more often than not they end up Milking the Giant Cow just to talk. Only partially averted with characters from the Doraemon expansion (the characters' mouths could move, though they weren't synced to any lines and they still gesticulated wildly).
- Cartoon Creature: McZee
- Cloud Cuckooland: Imaginopolis, the main setting of the game.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: McZee is a mild case of this.
- You can make any actor one if you so choose.
- Collection Sidequest: Throughout the movie studios, you can click on random objects to retrieve lost pages of the talent book that McZee accidentally drops in the game's intro.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: You can do this yourself by using female voice clips on male actors or vice versa.
- Crossover: Thanks to the Doraemon pack, you can have anime characters going on adventures with random people.
- Someone also made an unofficial add-on that adds all the Nickelodeon stuff to the base game. Now Stimpy and Doraemon can finally square off in an all-out cat fight!
- There are various Game Mods that add characters and props from just about darn near everything, such as Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Dolled-Up Installment: The Nickelodeon version is mostly the same as the original, only with Nicktoons stuff, different aesthetics, and less content.
- Emote Animation: Overacted ones, to be precise.
- Eye Pop: Rocko and Ren have this action in the Nick version.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: One of the actresses has their face reprinted on the backside of her head that is covered up by her hair.
- Game Mod: Mods can be created by directors to add new textures/models/background using the v3DMM tool.
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: Stick Stickly isn't sure if the Chooseometer is pronounced Choose-O-Meter or Choose-ometer (like thermometer).
- Limited Wardrobe: Averted. Every human actor has four different costumes.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: There are tons of actors to choose from. Even more when mods are added.
- Mad Scientist: Willy.
- Mouth Flaps: Averted. None of the actors (save for the Doraemon characters) have animations for moving their lips.
- Though you can at least change the expressions of the Nicktoon characters, including mouths, playing this straight.
- Milking the Giant Cow: EVERYONE.
- Spiritual Successor: Garry's Mod, in a way.
- In 2004, Nickelodeon released a similar program called "Toon Twister 3D".
- Sprite/Polygon Mix: Bitmap backgrounds with a built in depth map are used so that you can place the 3D actors and objects anywhere in the scene and have them appear properly occluded by foreground objects.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: When you're limited only by your imagination (and the stuff they give you), even allowing you to record your own voice, which means you can make all kinds of vulgar, violent stuff, much like the stuff that is made with American Girls Premiere. There's also no word blacklist, you can write rude things with the 3D word tool. See Grand Theft Auto Escanaba, Grand Theft Auto Nick Series, and Grandpa Found the Car Keys for examples.
- You Gotta Have Blue Skin: Willy.