Blue is a wounded young woman trying to make her way through the sinister realm around her. Emmm is an odd but likable little doll-boy who really, really wants some ice cream. From a particular ice cream shop inside Stopmo City, in fact. Easier said that done –- when the mismatched pair make their way to the end of the Forest of Still Life and at last arrive at their destination, they discover that Stopmo City has been overwhelmed by truly awful forces of evil. A mind-bending monster mash explodes when the ultraviolent Rain, who fancies himself a hero, shows up with the intent of rescuing Blue and defeating the evil at its very root.
Are you strange, and proud of it? Well, as the title makes resoundingly clear, this movie was made for you –- for the most part by a single self-described “legally insane professional weirdo and one-man evil animation studio” (apparently because “grey aliens from the future programmed him to do so”). Over the course of three years, California’s enigmatically but appropriately named M dot Strange feverishly scripted, designed, directed, animated, scored –- hell, he did pretty much everything on We Are the Strange, though his voice acting joins that of a small cast including renowned underground art guerrilla/global wanderer/Vice collaborator David Choe. Mr. Strange calls his animation style “str8nime,” meaning a collision of old-school 8-bit video game graphics, Japanese anime and, you guessed it, strangeness.
By the time We Are the Strange had premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January (the first full digital-animation feature to do so), its YouTube trailer had clocked in 600,000 visitors. It’s since had well over a million. The film is a coup in terms of both uncompromised independent cinema and viral marketing (and a warning shot over the bow of the bloated, money-hemorrhaging big studios), and Strange’s secret weapons are clearly his determination, his technical skills, his anarchic imagination – and the certainty that strange people are out there, waiting for this. You know you’re one of them.
“An instant landmark of do-it-yourself cinema… disturbing, mind-blowing… like no other animation you've seen” – Jason Silverman, WIRED
“A truly unique film from a truly creative and original filmmaker” – Jameson Kowalczyk, IONCINEMA
WINNER: Public Prize, Gold Fantasia, Most Innovative Film, Fantasia 2007
WINNER: Public Prize, Silver Fantasia, Best Animated Film, Fantasia 2007
Director: M dot Strange
Screenplay: M dot Strange
Cast: David Choe
M dot Strange
Producers: M dot Strange
Distributor: M dot Strange