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Web Animation / The Cloak

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This could be serious. Like AIDS serious.
The Cloak is an original web animation created by the master of random comedy, Jason Steele, at FilmCow Productions. The plot is pretty simple: the Cloak (self described "private investigator and life-long fighter of the international Communist conspiracy") teams up with his sidekick, the disembodied head of film-noir legend Robert Mitchum. Together, they set out to destroy the evil forces of Communism, as well as many innocent bystanders.Click here to watch the video...

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  • Aborted Arc: We never do find out the fate of Joshua, the Libertarian Lizard.
    • Considering the mental state of the two protagonists, it's possible that they just forgot about the whole mission.
  • Affably Evil: "Well, we gotta get this body out of the building. Oh, how about seafood for lunch?
  • The Alcoholic: Robert, though he doesn't seem to get drunk off it all. Then again, he doesn't seem to digest it in the first place.
  • An Axe to Grind: Cloak's "Axe of Capitalism".
  • Ax-Crazy: The Cloak, quite literally.
    And that's what you get. You get my Axe of Capitalism... right in your face.
  • Black Cloak: The Cloak is actually an animate talking cloak rather than a person wearing a cloak.
  • Bloody Hilarious
  • Boom, Headshot!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Cloak, Robert, and basically, almost everyone with more than three lines of dialogue.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Set up with Cloak's Patriotic Fervor, then slowly peeled away. He hates communists and at first he seems to believe that he lives in a McCarthy-era Red Scare where Soviet Spies were just waiting to subvert everything. Before long he's shown to actually believe communists are shapeshifting demonic/alien monsters trying to secretly take over the world in a David Icke kind of conspiracy. As the 'toon rolls on it becomes clear he's just a murderous asshole nutjob.
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  • Everything Fades/This Was His True Form: Spoofed with the CEO of Toy Barn. Cloak was expecting him to turn into a "giant red squid of some sort" or otherwise just dissolve.
  • The Hero Dies: Both the heroes actually, assuming you could call them that.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Cloak- a walking, talking cloak with a hood with an extremely weird vision of reality.
  • In the Hood: His head is nothing but hood.
  • Metaphorgotten: "My precious childhood is being raped in front of my eyes, and by Eskimos, no less... with their cold, feely hands."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Robert's reaction after microwaving his cat on an impulse.
  • Private Detective
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: Cloak and Robert are killed by a SWAT team.
  • Shout-Out: In the Toy Barn, you can see toys from Charlie the Unicorn and Mr. Happy Face, as well a characters from a video that didn't exist at the time, Bino the Elephant.
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  • Spider Limbs: Robert uses his spine to manipulate objects.
  • Spoof Aesop: "Antonio, Communism is a Mistress, which you soon find out is a Mister, and no amount of salt-baths will ever rinse you of the shame."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: 'I have shrimp for sale, none of which I've licked.'
  • Talkative Loon: Robert says some very strange things:
    I believe in America!
    By Jove, we've done it! Pull the hatch forward! What year is it, good sir?
    I like shrimpies.
    Dearest me, I've forgotten my tulips.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right:
    The Cloak: Well it seems the law has been laid down, Robert.
    Robert: What's "the law?"
    The Cloak: Harsh and unforgiving, and now we're on the lam, outcasts of society. Pushed away from the large, warm bosom of Lady America. It's not fair, Robert, I want that bosom!
    Robert: Well you did axe up two innocent people!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: DELICIOUS CRAB MEAT.
    • My Chalupas I defend!
  • Unexplained Recovery: Cloak's office seems to be the only thing that wasn't actually damaged by the city-wide inferno that started out in the very same office.
  • Villain Protagonist: Our heroes: the casual serial killer and the deranged cat-microwaver.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "My chalupas I defend! From the king of the great chalupa sea, with his arms of modern steam-powered engines of the future. $6.99 FOR A VALUE MEAL! $6.99 FOR A VALUE MEAL!!!"
  • "You!" Exclamation: "Yes, meeeee... can I help you?"
  • Your Mom: "Well, you've got an ax in your face!")


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