We Are the Strange

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We Are the Strange is an independent feature-length animated film, made by a guy who called himself M dot Strange. It premiered at Sundance in 2007 and has since been released on DVD. It can also be seen for free on M dot Strange's YouTube channel here.

In the months leading up to Sundance, the movie got considerable attention, due to this trailer being featured on YouTube around Halloween of 2006.

The animation is best described as Medium Blending (although the filmmaker uses the term, str8nime): The environments were computer animated, but most of the characters were stop-motion puppets (though there were at least 3 exceptions in the main cast).

One particularly remarkable thing about the film is that M dot Strange wrote, produced, directed, and animated the whole movie by himself. Apparently the only help he had was with the music, some of the art design, and the voice acting.

The plot: A young resident of Stopmo City named Blue runs away to a nearby forest to get away from an abusive boss/boyfriend. There, she meets a lonely outcast named eMMM. Having a doll's head in lieu of a real head, eMMM cannot speak or change his facial expression. His means of communication is limited to body language and random squeaks. Meanwhile, two criminals, Rain and Ori, are back in the city, wandering around and fighting monsters for...some reason. eMMM convinces Blue to return to the city with him so that they can go buy some ice cream together. Then some more monsters attack for...some reason. It all climaxes in a huge battle between two Giant Mechas over a devastated cityscape.

In other words, this is as far from a conventional story as you're likely to find (hard-to-follow doesn't even begin to describe it). In fact, now might be a good time to mention that one of the fimmaker's main influences was David Lynch.

Fun fact: L33t and Nadsat (the argot used in A Clockwork Orange) were among the many optional subtitles made available on the DVD.

Tropes used in We Are the Strange include:
  • Above the Ruins
  • Action Girl: Blue, at the end
  • Adventure Duo
    • Rain and Ori
    • Later on, Blue and eMMM
  • Always Night
  • Animesque: Blue
  • Anti-Hero: Rain
  • Apologizes a Lot: Ori apologizes to Rain for not helping him after Rain defeats a rival/monster(?) and protects him from a trap after said opponent dies. He does it so much that he gets both of them captured/attacked by another monster
  • Aside Glance: eMMMbot right before punching SinisteRRR.
  • Attention Whore: The WOOOOO! monster that literally kicks eMMMM off the dance floor and starts making other noises that sound like "YEAH" and " WHAT NOW". it gets eaten by a slime monster afterwards...and comes back
  • Badass: Rain
  • Badass Boast

Rain and Ori: You will never defeat us

      • It should be noted that it sounds way more badass when Rain says it than when Ori says it

eMMMbot: I am an unbeatable robot.

Rain: Yeah — wooo.

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