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Mary-Anne (left) and Doris (right)
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Doris & Mary-Anne Are Breaking Out Of Prison is an animated web-series about two women (Doris and Mary-Anne) in prison during the roaring twenties. The series was written and directed by Ben Levin and stars Andrée Vermeulen and Diona Reasonover. The series consists of ten episodes. The series can be found here. The show's official tumblr is here and features some behind-the-scenes information.


This series provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Doris Delaney.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Doris says that the reason she’s in prison is because of a traffic violation. She ran over a baby.
    • Likewise when Mary-Anne admits she got into prison for doing some things she's "not proud of" (while ominous music plays in the background). She slammed a door in a friend's face and said she had "butt breath."
  • Bittersweet Ending: The series ends with Doris serving her sentence, leaving Mary-Anne alone in the cell... along with Doris' lockpicking device.
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  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Doris is very excitable and talkative and has signs of going through a bit of a Sanity Slippage.
  • Dead Baby Comedy: Used literally when Doris mentions she accidentally killed a baby.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Mary-Anne's female friend not only rejects her romantic advances, but says that her sexuality is disgusting. Also the reason why Mary-Anne is in prison: she slammed a door, which "is a serious crime if you're black."
  • Girls Behind Bars: A downplayed example. The prison is shown to be terrible, but Doris has enough time to plan zany schemes.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In Episode 7, some inmates give Doris bootleg hooch that turns out to really be urine.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Doris suggests that her and Mary-Anne use this to get out of prison in episode 6.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Heavily implied in episode 10 when Mary-Anne talks about telling a friend that she loved her. The friend not only rejected her, but told Mary-Anne that her feelings were "disgusting."
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  • Limited Animation: Ben Levin revealed in a blog post that most of the show's animation falls into this category, mainly due to the fact he did all of it himself. Fortunately this isn't noticeable due to how simple a lot of the animation is.
  • Minimalist Cast: The only characters who appear onscreen (other than an unnamed guard) are Doris and Mary-Anne.
  • Noodle Implements: Doris' lock picking contraption, which she explains in made out of "fingernails, bedsprings-" before being cut off.
  • Ocular Gushers: Doris releases a happy version of these after Mary-Anne admits she "...doesn't entirely hate [her]."
  • Religion of Evil: The religion Doris tries to convert to in episode 5 is heavily implied to be this, as the god they worship is called “Lord Gangrok the Destroyer.”
  • The Roaring '20s: Set in 1922.
  • Salt and Pepper: The title characters. Mary-Anne is very quiet, while Doris is talkative to the point she borders on being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • Shout-Out: Doris tallies the days while she’s in prison and calls them “Doris Days.”
  • Spit Take: Doris in Episode 7, when she realizes what she drank.
  • The Stoic: Mary-Anne. She outright acknowledges it while speaking to Doris in episode 10. This slowly changes over the course of the series.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Doris swallowed a knife and attempted to throw it back up.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Mary-Anne is Black and is revealed to be gay or bisexual.
  • The Voiceless: Mary-Anne for most of the series.

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