Strawinsky and the Mysterious House is a 2013 British religious children fantasy adventure animated short film created by Hope Animation.
It tells the story of four talking animals that discover a hidden mansion in the middle of a secret forest. They start exploring the house and encounter strange inhabitants such as a depressed cello, a manic troll and an overweight creature that is addicted to the books in its basement.
As Strawinsky, the hero of the story, tries to solve the mysteries surrounding the house, his friends get trapped in the underground library. It’s up to Strawinsky to find a way to break the dark spell and help his friends to escape from the evil lurking within the mysterious house.
Why It Sucks
- Rancid morals. The movie claims that all books are satanic except for the Bible, despite the trailer claiming that it was inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, both of which that have more Pagan creatures than Biblical ones. Speaking of Pagan creatures, the beginning of the film shows a map containing presumed territories of Pagan creatures like "Fawn Valley" or "Troll and Giant District".
- Obvious Christian allegories. For instance, The Scarlet Queen is Jesus, Elohim is clearly God and the Rat King is Satan.
- While the title of the movie is mostly right, it's technically misleading due to the fact that the characters go to a mysterious mansion, not a mysterious house as the title implies.
- An extremely confusing plot that is hard to even remotely understand.
- Horrendous and low budget animation.
- Confusing character designs. Strawinsky is said to be a mole, but he looks a lot more like an otter.
- Characters get introduced with no proper introduction, such as the Scarlet Queen and most notably the Rat King, who just sings a song and then never comes back.
- The Globglogabgalab's appearance is rather uncanny, which can make him come off as unintentionally creepy, especially for a kids' movie.
- Cringeworthy songs with horrendous singing voices,
- The scene where Strawinsky's friends are frozen in place reading the books is a sign that the animators didn't want to animate the models, and they took the lazy way out.
- The main characters state the obvious constantly.
- Bad voice acting.
- The lip-syncing is very poor.
- The camera constantly moves around.
- The creators of the movie can't seem to take criticism, just like Derek Savage with Cool Cat Saves the Kids and Tommy Wiseau with The Room. They gave Saberspark a copyright strike and forced him to take his review of the movie down, even though it fell under Fair Use, simply because they didn't like that he criticized it.
- The Rat King's song, as stated earlier, is actually quite catchy and sounds decent to listen to.
- The Globglobgabgalab has recently achieved memetic status, mostly due to his uncanny appearance and bizarre musical number. This has caused more people to be aware of this film's existence.
- Most of the models are the only thing faithful (no pun intended) to the original audio-drama mini-series.
- The credits also use artwork from the book adaptation of the third episode of the audio-drama.
- The models were made by Scott Cawthon, creator of the Five Nights at Freddy's video game series.
- The movie is based on the third episode of Strawinsky, a German audio-drama mini-series created by David Hutter.
- One of the animators for this film is none other than Scott Cawthon of Five Nights at Freddy's fame.