We Are the Strange
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|We Are the Strange|
|Directed by||M dot Strange|
|Written by||M dot Strange|
|Music by||Noise Inc.|
We Are the Strange is an independent animated film directed by M dot Strange. It uses stop motion, CG artwork, and greenscreen effects. The film premiered on January 19, 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival.
We Are the Strange focuses on "two diametrically opposed outcasts" as they "fight for survival in a sinister fantasy world." These two outcasts are an abused woman named Blue who has a mysterious degenerative disease and a living doll named eMMM.
The two meet in the Forest of Still Life, where Blue follows eMMM to Stopmo City on a search for his ideal ice cream parlor. Upon arriving in Stopmo City, they are caught in the middle of a fierce battle between bizarre monsters, making their progress difficult. Thankfully, a hero named Rain appears and easily destroys every monster that faces him. Blue meets Rain before he partakes in an "impossible battle against the source of all that is evil in Stopmo City." During the battle, Rain, along with Ori are crushed by Him after Rain states he wants to avenge his son. When the outlook seems grim, a fist made of aluminum foil breaks through the ground and starts the final showdown between good and evil. Six alternate soundtracks and author's commentary, including soundtrack by Noise Inc. are available on the DVD. The music used in We Are the Strange Trailer has been made by chiptune artist YERZMYEY/AY-RIDERS (a cover of t.A.T.u.'s "30 Minutes") using ZX Spectrum computer.
M dot Strange has stated that he wishes to release the film on the Internet rather than in theaters as he will be able to retain all rights to his work, and any profits made thereafter (DVD sales, merchandise, etc.). On July 16, 2006, in an interview, he said he was "trying to finish it in time to make the Sundance film festival". In an e-mail sent to subscribers on the film's mailing list October 26, 2006, he stated that "The film will be done in 2 months and will hopefully premiere at a fancy_pants festival in January...". According to M. dot Strange's blog he received a call from Sundance saying that We Are the Strange would premiere as part of the Midnight Movie Program at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released August 2007.
- David Choe as Rain
- Halleh Seddighzadeh as Blue / Prologue Narrator
- M dot Strange as HIM
- Stuart Mahoney as Ori / The Pastor
- Chaylon Blancett as The Wooo Monster
- Benjamin Joel Caron as Member of the Cult of the Strange (uncredited)
- John Doremus as Sinistar (archive sound) (uncredited)
- Luis Mendoza as Red Arm (uncredited)
- Lari Teräs as Member of the Cult of the Strange (uncredited)
- Joe Morishige for sound effects editor / sound mixer / additional music / other
- Noboru Morishige for original improvisational violin score
- Chaylon Blancett as film editor
- M dot Strange as film editor
- Studio ArtFX. "How to Make Anime into Reality". Retrieved 2006-10-27.
- Sundance Institute. "2007 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS IN THE PREMIERES, SPECTRUM, NEW FRONTIER, PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT AND FROM THE SUNDANCE COLLECTION SECTIONS" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-12-16.