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America: The Motion Picture is an R-rated animated movie that premiered on Netflix on June 30, 2021, with animation produced by Lord Miller Productions. It's set in 1776 America in an alternate timeline where the British reign supreme against the Americans and the declaration of independence was never signed and George Washington leads a rag-tag band of alternate versions of historical figures into overthrowing the British and avenging the murder of his best friend Abraham Lincoln.


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  • Affectionate Parody: The depiction of the American Revolution and many historical figures is hardly accurate, but it's clearly just doing it to have fun and parody typical American Revolution stories and films. The film also pokes fun at a variety of contemporary franchise movies, but is similarly done clearly out of enjoyment of those films.
  • Anachronism Stew: It would be easier to list the ways the movie doesn't play fast and loose with period-accurate technology, never mind which historical figures appear in the story. Lampshaded several times, when certain terms are used (such as "hold the phone") and are immediately questioned because they have no concept of what a phone is.
  • Artistic License – History: This goes without saying, but none of the movie's events are historically accurate.
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  • Asian and Nerdy: In this depiction Thomas Edison is a young Chinese woman who is able to invent and build various devices to an Iron Man-esque degree.
  • Asshole Victim: King James is such a dick that when Benedict Arnold betrays and murders him, you don't really feel sorry for him.
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: The title card advertises that the movie is "based on actual history", which is accurate by an incredibly lenient interpretation of "based".
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: For the most part it's fairly easy to tell who are the good and the bad guys this way.
  • Big Bad: Benedict Arnold, who is a werewolf.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Washington realizes this in the end as he makes his address to the people, and sees the 'boorish' side of the Eagleland tropes start to form.
  • Bland-Name Product: There's a sign for "Britweiser" beer in the Vietnam pub, then there's "Colonial Sanders' Fried Chicken" and an arcade cabinet named "Yankee Kong". Wal-Mart also becomes "Y'all-Mart".
  • Bullet Seed: During the final battle Johnny Appleseed is briefly seen doing this with, well, apple seeds against the British Redcoats. They get suddenly engulfed in tree branches/roots.
  • Burn the Witch!: Parodied. The British try to burn Edison for practicing what is explicitly science and referred to as such, but is treated like it's witchcraft, but her tech lets her easily escape.
  • Buxom Is Better: Martha, to almost a parodic level, complete with near non-stop Jiggle Physics.
  • Eagleland: Adams dips into both sides of the trope. Proud and patriotic, but also very openly racist and sexist, though he does make an effort to change.
  • "Eureka!" Moment:
    • George gets this when Edison says that the team needs to code the coordinates for the Gettysburg address.
    • Edison herself gets this when Samuel Addams says that beer is the opposite of tea, which gives her the idea of how to stop Arnold's plan of using British tea to turn all of the Americans into British people.
  • Evil Brit:
    • King James sounds very evil with Simon Pegg at the helm. Since King James is the king of the British, it makes this trope more meaningful.
    • Benedict Arnold is also this. Despite actually being born in America, he can pull off a convincing British accent.
  • Fat Bastard: King James is about as wide as he is tall has a very unpleasant personality.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • There are several American icons attending Lincoln's funeral, mostly various future presidents, but also Marilyn Monroe and John Rambo.
    • One of the participants in the final battle is a patched-up zombie Ben Franklin. (So, Franklinstein)
  • Gender Flip: Thomas Edison is a female in this version.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: King James.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Paul Revere on his horse runs away with a bomb that's about to blow up, to save his newfound friends who were caught in a trap, but his horse Clyde drops him and convinces him to go back to George Washington and the others, being suddenly able to talk (with a Hispanic accent even). Then the animal gets killed in the resulting explosion.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade:
    • Parodied with George Washington, who bares no resemblance to the actual Washington but is instead cast as a typical Reluctant Idiot Hero type protagonist. He naturally lacks many of the real man's moral failings, namely the whole 'slave' thing, and is depicted as being uncomfortable with the genocides against the Natives that the real Washington was involved in, but he also lacks almost all of Washington's genuine leadership skills.
    • Subverted with Samuel Adams, who is one of the protagonists, but is depicted as the Token Evil Teammate who's a somewhat more accurate idea of what American revolutionaries were like in terms of social norms and attitudes (albeit, is depicted with a Frat Bro personality).
    • Thomas Edison is somewhat infamous nowadays for being a ruthless businessman and there's a lot of shady practices they're guilty of. They were also, of course, not part of the American Revolution.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade:
    • While Benedict Arnold was hardly a good person in real life, he was never a power-hungry megalomaniac, let alone a werewolf.
    • Whichever King James this is meant to be. While neither was necessarily pleasant, they were certainly not the cartoonishly evil megalomaniac depicted here. They were also not even the king at the time of the revolution.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: King James towards Martha, and later again Benedict towards her.
  • Insane Troll Logic: To fine the Gettysburg Address (here a literal address in Gettysburg, the location of which Benedict is supposedly heading to), George comes up with the theory that Abe, who he claims was a cryptologist, named the country "America" as a secret code to help him find it, despite this having nothing to do with Abe or his death and him dying long before the location was even established. Even better, when George solves the "code", it's literally a matter of deciding A=1, and thus the address is "1, Merica St".
  • Meaningful Name: Paul Revere's steed Clyde is a Clydesdale horse.
  • Mook Lieutenant: The cape wearing British soldier with Benedict Arnold at the beginning appears to be of higher authority then a standard Redcoat, and fittingly puts up a decent fight against Washington using dual rapiers. Arnold even outright calls him a miniboss.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Martha Washington, to a parodic level.
  • My Horse Is a Motorbike: Similar to Sengoku Basara, when Geronimo first appears, he's riding a horse with handlebars coming out of its head.
  • Never Gets Fat: Samuel Adams boasts that all he does is drink and party, but is still so muscular and toned because of all the sex he's having.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Both used and subverted. Martha Washington always covers her breasts with her arms or sheets, but a random unnamed girl takes her top off during the illegal horse race... and when she reappears among numerous other extras during the final battle, she's still topless.
  • Only Sane Man: Geronimo and Edison share this role among their group.
  • Race Lift: Thomas Edison is both a female and Chinese in this movie.
  • Raised by Wolves: Paul Revere's Suspiciously Specific Denial suggests he was raised by Horses. His steed Clyde might literally be his brother.
  • Reverse the Polarity: Edison uses beer to reverse the British teabagging machine so it instead seeds the clouds with beer, converting the British into Americans.
  • Rule of Cool: The movie plays like drunk history as told by a frat bro whose failing history class. Caring less about accuracy and more about what's cool.
  • Running Gag:
    • In the beginning, characters mistake one another for different people whose name is almost the same save for a letter off, e.g. "Samuel Adems" or "George Washingten".
    • Whenever George says something that sounds like a quote, he always adds "John 3:16" at the end.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Benedict Arnold is identified both as a werewolf and as a skinwalker. These are two completely different mythic concepts from completely different cultures. Skinwalkers are also a Navajo concept, yet Geronimo, an Apache, calls it something "his people" know of.
  • Schizo Tech: Along with the many anachronisms there's also things like King James' hover platform, Edison's lightning gauntlets, Paul Revere becoming a cyborg-centaur and at one point a steampunk looking messenger droid uses a candle and crystal to project a hologram.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Smurfette Principle: Thomas Edison.
  • The Starscream: Benedict Arnold is this to King James to the point where he straight up kills him.
  • Take That!: Pretty much constantly throughout to jingoistic American Nationalism, with George constantly having My God, What Have I Done? moments when he realises what he's creating, and both Geronimo and John Henry admitting they're only helping them with the revolution because the Brits are even worse.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: As the citizens of the newly-minted America devolve into infighting over various grievances, George Washington gives the final line of the film:
    "We're gonna fuck this up, aren't we?"
  • 24-Hour Armor: Paul Revere says he's never taken off his armor after the Blacksmith made it for him, and indeed we never see him wearing anything else.
  • Uncle Sam Wants You: Near the end, George says to Samuel Adams (who now after the final battle has greying hair) that when Martha gives birth to his son, he will make him his honorary uncle, and gives him a top hat with stars and stripes as a present. Adams then wears it and says something like "Uncle Sam? Sounds good!" while pointing the finger towards the viewer.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Paul Revere is fused to his decapitated horse to become a RoboCop-esque cyborg centaur.
  • Weaponized Landmark: When the British invade, they have Big Ben as a Humongous Mecha that kills Paul Bunyan by sending a cuckoo through his head.

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