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"Of all the special days, this is the one that really means something. Ask yourself—what would life be like with the stars of heaven?"

Today is Spaceship Day, a 2019 short film with no discernible genre, is the result of a collaboration between a Botnik AI and YouTube user Austin McConnell. Surprisingly, this is not an original concept. McConnell eventually released a children's book with the same story, characters and artstyle.


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  • '80s Hair: Charlie wears a mullet.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Most of the (supposedly) human characters have realistic skin colors, though Yaxley is green and an extra girl is blue-skinned.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Hagrid the table, who can walk and talk.
  • Badass Beard: Harrison's beard has twin viking-style braids, and he's rather skilled at slapping people.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: The three protagonists simply remove their helmets while on a remote planet that doesn't seem to have an atmosphere, and seem just fine.
  • Cool Crown: Yaxley wears some kind of Babylonian crown.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Harrison, though his beard is brown.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Overlapping with Misplaced Retribution, Harrison slaps Dexter in the face after Charlie remarks she's not particularly impressed with space.
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  • Does Not Like Shoes: Dexter goes barefoot for some reason at school.
  • Dope Slap: Harrison gives one of these to Dexter for some reason while annoyed at how unimpressed Charlie was by their voyage to the dark mystery beyond.
  • Green and Mean: Yaxley, the closest thing to a villain in the story, has pale green skin.
  • Insistent Terminology: Outer space is always referred to "the dark mystery beyond".
  • Nervous Wreck: Dexter is introduced as having a cold wave of sweat.
  • The Rival: Yaxley is this to Harrison. When Harrison volunteers for Spaceship Day, Yaxley also takes the chance to volunteer. The two then engage in a Bitch Slap fight to determine who gets to go to the dark mystery beyond.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Charlie wears pink pajamas under Spartan armor.
  • Spiritual Successor: Can be seen as one to Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. Also made with the Botnik program and input from Harry Potter. It has similar elements, such as the main character dynamics, plot structure and names.
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  • Tomboyish Name: Charlie is a girl.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Harrison, Dexter and Charlie.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Charlie thinks calling traveling to another planet incredible is a stretch. Also nobody questions the fact that Hagrid is a table.
  • Wimp Fight: Yaxley and Harrison have to fight to decide who's going on the spaceship. They fight by giving each other slaps on the cheek.

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