Rap-Trick is a short April Fool's Day joke film released in 2020 that claimed to be a re-imagining of Patrick Hooligans. The film was intended to fool the audience into thinking that all of Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s movies were going to become trendy and hip.

Film Details Edit

  • Release Date: April 1, 2020
  • Running Time: 2 min.
  • MPAA Rating: n/a
  • Director: Andrew Bermudez
  • Producer: Andrew Bermudez
  • Writer: Andrew Bermudez

Plot Summary Edit

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The film begins with Patrick Hooligans in a park, where he has become a hip rapper and skateboarder. He skates around the park and dances with his boom box before heading to his concert that evening. The concert is sold out, with everyone cheering on Patrick, who is now known as Rap-Trick. After the concert, he skateboards to an abandoned store, where he lives. He slips inside, settles down, and goes to sleep.

The next morning, A man known as the Nevada Man knocks on the store's door, getting Patrick's attention. Patrick wakes up to see the Nevada Man peering in.

Later that day, Patrick skateboards while the Nevada Man watches. However, during this time, Chase McCain arrives on the scene and arrests the Nevada Man. This disappoints Patrick, but Chase shuts him down by dancing to his own boom box.

The movie immediately stops, as LEGO Studios CEO Mark Matthew rips the reel out of his office's projector and throws it out the window. The film's director is confused as to why Mark Matthew would hate such a trendy film, which prompts Mark Matthew to immediately fire the director. The film ends with a declaration that the audience was duped into an April Fool's joke.

Production History Edit

The earliest known documents for this film state that this film was originally intended for April 1, 2019, but due to the work that was needed for The Pen and Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra, this April Fool's joke was indefinitely delayed.

In January 2020, early work started on brainstorming a new April Fool's Day joke when the documents surrounding this project resurfaced. Instead of creating a new joke, this existing one was spearheaded for release on April Fool's Day 2020. Work started out slowly for this project, as the script wasn't even written yet when March arrived, but the turn of events that month would change this project.

Around mid-March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the American economy was all but shut down as Americans were given orders to stay at home to slow the spread of the disease. When this happened, there was a back-and-forth on whether to continue with this project. However, it was determined that, to provide audiences with some much-needed laughter, this project would go full speed ahead for release at the projected time. Originally, Covid-19 was going to be mentioned in this film, but this was cut out before filming began.

After just one day's worth of time filming, the film entered editing, which only lasted three days. Just like the previous April Fool's Joke, this film uses full mouth animation.

Audience Reception Edit

The audiences that have seen this film enjoyed it, though they may not have fully understood the point of the joke. However, due to the excitement over the release of the final trailer for Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra, which happened at the same time, this film lost a bit of viewership to the trailer.

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Tropes Edit

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Rap-Trick contains examples of the following tropes.
  • April Fools' Day: This film is one giant prank for April 1.
  • Excuse Plot: This film's plot is that Patrick is now a rising rap star in the East District. In-universe, this whole plot is just an excuse to see some action that the director thinks is hip and trendy. Out-of-universe, this film was also used to test a new camera for animation (the Canon Rebel T7), with any growing pains for the equipment simply playing into the film's intentionally-awful nature.
  • Logic Bomb: This is very subtly used throughout the film to hint at the film's true nature. After all, if Patrick is already a popular rapper who performs to sold-out crowds, why is he homeless? And why does he need the Nevada Man's help to become famous if he's already super popular? Associating with a man that quickly gets arrested is actually a good way for Patrick to ruin his career. This, of course, is all meant to hint at the April Fool's reveal at the end.
  • Non Sequitur: Right after Chase McCain arrests the Nevada Man, Chase pulls out a boom box and starts to break dance for absolutely no reason.
  • Police Brutality: Chase McCain arrests the Nevada Man for absolutely no reason.
  • Prima Donna Director: The director, while not a complainer, can't figure out why Mark Matthew hates his film so much.
  • Set Behind the Scenes: It's revealed at the end of the film that the entire film is simply a reel that Mark Matthew was watching, then stopped when he had enough, making this film count as this trope.
  • Stylistic Suck: The film, while used to test new state-of-the-art equipment (see Excuse Plot for more info), is intentionally supposed to be awful.
  • Teen Idol: What Patrick is in this film. His concert is even sold out.
  • Totally Radical: This entire film is a parody of this trope.

Trivia Edit

  • This film ultimately moved forward with production because it was also seen as a effective way to test out a new camera for animation: the Canon Rebel T7.
  • The reason that Patrick was chosen to be re-imagined for this film was because the intention is that, by changing a beloved character into something trendy and hip, the film would immediately be reviled.

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