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  • Ugly Cute: While a lot of people find the stitchpunks adorable, some of their designs are a bit... unusual and creepy to some.

The short:

The movie:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the Fabrication Machine a spiteful bastard of mad science intent on finishing what it started, or a lost child who desperately wants a soul of its own?
    • Word of God describes the Fabrication machine as an abused child who is given a lot of power.
    • Also the stitchpunks themselves, who may each represent specific aspects of the Scientist's soul/personality. This casts a much more interesting light on certain members of the cast.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: 9 is a remarkably together guy considering that he single-handedly woke up the Big Bad and inadvertently killed his very first friend
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Practically forced in against its will: despite numerous trailers explicitly stating that this was NOT a children's film, plenty of parents brought small children to see it and were upset to discover that the darkly-colored, PG-13 - rated post-apocalyptic sci-fi film was not, in fact, for kids. Go figure.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Coheed and Cambria's "Welcome Home" is used in the trailer, and it is epic. The full song is just as epic as it seems in the trailer.
    • The song at the beginning of the trailer, known as the Captain by The Knife, perfectly sets the desolate tone of the movie.
    • The actual soundtrack is pretty good too, especially "The Seamstress" and the end credits music, which isn't on the soundtrack for some reason.
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    • "Over the Rainbow", which the filmmakers admitted would be the song they'd want to survive the apocalypse.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The magnet scene with 8.
  • Bowdlerise: Many fans have expressed... disappointment with the edited version aired on Syfy and USA. Apparent edits included removal of dialogue, removal of the light staff building scene, and removal of the factory chase scene.
  • Canon Fodder: By the truckload if you ask most fans.
  • Cargo Ship: There is someone out there who ships 1xHis Cape. Dead serious here. 8xHis Sword also exists. As does 8xHis Magnet.
    • Did you see the look on his face? 8xMagnet is canon.
  • Crack Pairing: Since it's got so few characters and everybody is a machine, anything and everything has been shipped together, mostly for laughs. Pairing male characters together is of course the most popular practice, and probably a given since the majority of fans are female. 6, being an Ensemble Dark Horse, is the one most subject to pairings, mostly with 5 or 9. See Ho Yay, Launcher of a Thousand Ships, Ship Tease and Slash Fic below.
  • Crazy Awesome: Getting high on magnet usage and lacking in brainpower doesn't stop 8 from being a hardcore (and surprisingly accurate) badass who takes down machines many times larger than himself with kitchen tools.
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  • Creepy Awesome: All the "monsters", but especially the Seamstress.
  • Critical Dissonance: While the movie was well-liked by audiences and gained a large fan following, critic responses were more mixed, with many criticizing the movie's writing and short length.
  • Crossover Ship: As mentioned above, thanks to their many similarities, there are a number of fans out there who ship the Fabrication Machine with GLaDOS.
  • Cult Classic: The actual movie did average/above average in box office and received mixed reviews. However, it's got a respectably-sized fanbase.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 6 is the most popular character, despite only having four lines!
    • 8 is also extremely memorable and well-liked, despite being both a moron and kind of a dick.
    • Everyone loves 5, in both the original short and the feature. His death is widely considered to be the saddest of all of the stitchpunks.
    • Of all the "monsters", the Seamstress seems to be the clear fan-favorite, thanks to how incredibly goddamn horrifying its design is.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Fabrication Machine. A brilliant, soulless machine working to destroy all life, unlike most rebellious robots, succeeded in exterminating humanity? Hell yes. Plus, it has a magnificent design. All of the machines, really. They're just so goddamn scary.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: If you value your life, don't call this a Tim Burton movie in front of the fans. Tim Burton was only a producer, the director is actually Shane Acker.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Russian version. It's not 'all' bad and some people do like it, and it does have some changes to the plot that are an interesting idea (such as the characters being the souls of the scientist's friends and family instead of pieces of his own soul). However, it makes so many other changes to the movie that most who have had the chance to see it would rather they just forget it exists.
  • Funny Moments: 7's failed Big Damn Heroes moment against the Winged Beast.
    "Let me try that again."
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 2's death and funeral scenes may be sadder to watch given Martin Landau's 2017 passing.
  • Heartwarming Moments: 2 seems to be a living manifestation of this trope. And just try not to smile when 1's soul silently thanks 9. Oh, hell, just the entire scene when the fallen Stitchpunks' souls are freed.
    • There's also the deleted scene after the factory is destroyed where 1 makes amends with 9 and accepts him after admitting he's not as good of a leader he had made himself out to be. Immediately followed by a Funny Moment when his crown falls off and reveals the silly little knot on his head, which both 9 and 1 laugh at.
  • Ho Yay: It breathes this trope. Come on, only one character (7) is distinctly female, and two (3 and 4) might be interpreted either way (the art book does mention that 7 is the only female though). 5 and 6 especially seem to be a magnet for this.
  • It Was His Sled: Since promotional videos released before the film showed the Seamstress, with 2's body strung onto her tail, it's generally common and open knowledge that 2 dies. Especially since it happens very early in a relatively short movie.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: A consistent criticism of the movie is its 72-minute runtime, barely counting it as feature-length. This came both from critics and from fans who came in anticipating a 2½-hour epic.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Every character in fandom verse. Especially 5. And 7. But mostly 5.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm Charm: The "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" sequence is really, really over the top. That doesn't stop the payoff from being terrifying.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Unlike the other "monsters", the Winged Beast only gets one action scene, but it's just as memorable and scary as anything else in the movie.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: It's amazing how many fans saw more chemistry between 9 and 5 than between 9 and 7. Then again, that's probably founded upon overthinking, and it was never canonically established that 9 and 7 had romantic feelings for each other in the first place. The implications were based on one or two shots of them holding hands. And since they're really just little dolls, it's perfectly likely that their relationship was platonic and childlike.
  • Ship Tease: 7 and 9, 5 and 9, 5 and 6, 5 and 2. Many more, if the fandom is anything to go by.
  • Slash Fic: And God knows there's a lot of it for a movie about sackdolls (sort of). 5/9, 5/2, 5/6, 6/8, 1/2...
  • So Okay, It's Average: The critical consensus is that it's high on imaginative splendor and short on narrative depth, making for a visually interesting but overall "meh" film. The fans, on the other hand...
  • Tear Jerker: Now has its own page.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: 3 and 4. Seriously. Try to figure out what gender they are without the Word of God, which says "open to interpretation".
    • The 9 art book, however, does state that 7 is the only female of the stitchpunks.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: This is the rare animated film that plays Real Is Brown completely straight, and is still incredibly gorgeous.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A disturbing number of parents who brought small children along, despite the commercials clearly stating it was not a children's animated movie. Most were in tears by the middle of the film.
    • And it's rated PG-13. Though, the movie's genre is labeled as Kids & Family. Kind of surprising, considering the fact that a total of nine sentient beings (1, 2, 5, 6, 8, Mr. Fab, the Cat, the Winged, and the Seamstress) get brutally killed over the course of the movie.
  • The Woobie:
  • Every one of the dolls, really, given the losses and trauma they sustain throughout the movie.

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