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Medical Island (메디컬 아일랜드) is a Korean-American web flash/CGI shorts series created by Studio Animal and is a collaboration between the animation producers Margaret Dean and Michael Polis. It was available in the Studio Animal, Zango and Crackle websites during the 2000s. Episodes one to eight were released in 2003, and episodes nine to eighteen were released in 2005. Studio Animal uploaded all 18 episodes to YouTube which can be found from their website.


Medical Island is set in a prison-like medical facility ruled by Dr. Franken. Utilizing an army of nurses, he conducts horrifying surgical operations at his kidnapped patients, who may attempt to escape.

This comedy/horror series is mainly free of dialogue, and in spite of its highly deformed characters and colorful graphics, it's definitely not for children.

In Spring 2019, a reboot is included in a list of planned animation projects in South Korea.

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Medical Island contains examples of:

  • Adorable Evil Minions: The nurses.
  • The Alcatraz: Medical Island, which hosts the fortress-styled hospital.
  • Artshift:
    • Episode 6, which is a backstory to Dr. Franken and the founding of Medical Island, uses cutout-styled animation.
    • Episode 13 is primarily presented as a black and white manwha featuring both super deformed and Animesque characters, complete with speech balloons and dialogue in Korean.
  • Conspicuous CG: Some scenes have computer generated settings. It's noticeable in some camera movements.
  • Gorn: Gore and blood frequently show up.
  • Grossout Show: Thanks to the Gorn and other reasons like vomiting.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The patient in the first episode is a man whose head gets attached to a chicken's body.
  • Plant Person: Narta, who can sprout vines, flowers, and carnivorous plants.
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  • Series Fauxnale: Episode 8, where the facility gets destroyed, but is replaced by a big new one on a new adjacent island before the "End" screen.
  • Sinister Shades: The nurses on duty wear shades. An exception is the New Nurse.
  • Stock Scream: There is liberal use of stock scream effects.
  • Super Sex Organs: China Boy can expose his genitals, producing a bright flash that stuns the nurses. It's not effective against the male zombies.
  • Tears of Blood: Happens to Dr. Franken, whose blood drips to the "Project Revenge" book in the ending of Episode 6.
  • Villain Protagonist: Dr. Franken.


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