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Doctor Tran in "Here Comes Dr. Tran"

"Here Comes Dr. Tran" is a 7-minute 46 second long animated short film that has become an internet meme. It is the first in the Dr. Tran series. It and the accompanying shorts featuring the titular character detail a young boy being shanghaied by American mass media into becoming a James Bond-esque character in a 30,000-strong film series with a cornucopia of product tie-ins.

The cartoon was created in 2003 by Breehn Burns and Jason Johnson under Lone Sausage Productions, and it premiered at Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation. Over 70,000 pairs of 3-D glasses were produced solely for the short 3-D sequence in the film (less than three seconds long). Critics have called the short, "far and away the best addition to the festival".[1][2] Episodes of Dr. Tran are regularly featured in the festival which tours the U.S. and Canada. The courageous little doctor has been compared in greatness to Chuck Norris.

After it became available on G4tv, dozens of bootlegs of the video were uploaded to YouTube and hundreds of blogs began linking to it, greatly increasing its popularity.

Contents

Dr. Tran products

  • A new DVD entitled "Dr. Tran: #1 American Icon; The Lone Sausage Collection Vol. 1" was released in August 2006, featuring Dr. Tran shorts, Dr. Tran G4tv I.D. Spots, two new documentaries and Lone Sausage's early films, Beyond Grandpa I and II.
  • A limited run DVD called "Here Comes Dr. Tran" was produced for the first film which featured the 13 minute documentary, "The Making of Dr. Tran." The DVD sold out at the official website.
  • Dr. Tran T-shirts, mugs, magic buttons etc. are sold at the Lone Sausage website.
  • Dr. Tran Bobble head dolls were produced back in 2008 from Symbiote Studios there were only 250 made and they quickly sold out.

Synopsis

Here Comes Dr. Tran opens upon a small 5-year old boy eating an apple in what appears to be a hut in an Eastern tropical locale, possibly Vietnam. Suddenly, a voice, who is unseen, begins to deliver a bombastic movie trailer-style monologue praising the boy as the greatest action hero the world has ever known—an action hero whom the narrator calls "Dr. Tran." The small boy, initially confused, grows increasingly aggravated with the intruding voice and repeatedly expresses that he is neither a doctor nor an action hero and asks the voice to leave him. After this, the trailer becomes increasingly surreal and strange, revealing some odd proclivities belonging to the character of Dr. Tran, and disclosing that a massive library of previous films (at least thirty thousand) already exists in the Dr. Tran series. Shortly after, the voice descends into deliberately thin biological humor, and eventually even the young boy's world begins to alter. Much of this deliberate agitation of the child is continued until the movie draws to a close with the production credits.

Episode list

Dr. Tran is the star of several short animated films from Lone Sausage Productions.

  • Here Comes Dr. Tran (2003): Tran, attempting to eat his breakfast, is accosted by a bombastic movie voice-over proclaiming his status as an action hero.
  • Roybertito's :60 Second Spot (2005): A Spanish-language commercial for a Mexican restaurant featuring its new, Dr. Tran themed meal.
  • Dr. Tran's Quiet Log Time (2005): Tran enjoys a peaceful night sitting on a log, when a Chicken innocently approaches him...
  • DR. TRAN SUMMER SPLASH (2006): Leland and Fat Friend debate if Tran is an action hero, with Tran sitting mere feet away in a backyard pool.
  • Dr. Tran's Peanut Butter Square Hula Quest (2006): A 1950s style commercial for a Dr. Tran boardgame.
  • Mr. Tran & The Toy Cack (2006): Leland's Grandma Norma attempts to take Leland and Tran to a toy store only to end up killing numerous small children with her senile and reckless driving, effectively scarring the children for life. Hotel Soap is featured in this episode, near the end.
  • Dickable Afternoons (2006): A commercial for an unspecified food product called a 'dickable', the definition of which seems to keep changing.
  • 100% ICE (2008): An aged man gives Tran marketing advice for his '100% ICE' stand, which includes discussing cocaine, genitals, and criticizing Tran's naiveté. In the second segment, the old man mocks Fat Friend's 'Hot Dog on a Plate' stand. In the third segment, the man finds a stand he likes: Leland's 'Tits' stand, which he praises for its use of gratuitous false advertising.
  • Fruit Hat (2009): While waiting for the subway, pudgy little Dr. Tran must match wits with a talking fruit hat that demands mint gum.[3]
  • WonderMouth (2009): TBA

DR. TRAN MAIL, a webisode series where viewers can write in to Dr. Tran (at TranLetters@gmail.com) and have a cartoon based on their email:

  • (Intro) Send Letters (2009): The voice over haunts Tran once more, forcing him to read fan mail despite the fact that Tran is just learning his ABC's.
  • (S1, Ep01) Murder List (2009)
  • (S1, Ep02) AIDS (2009)
  • (S1, Ep03) The Specials (2009)
  • (S1, Ep04) Hotel Soap (2009)

Dr. Tran makes brief appearances in other films produced by Lone Sausage:

  • The Furious Little Cinnamon Bun (2007): A small pastry gets very upset for no discernable reason and runs off in a huff. A frozen novelty dessert pays the price.

Interstitials and vignettes featuring the Dr. Tran character include:

  • G4tv I.D. Spot: BomberTran (2005)
  • G4tv I.D. Spot: Kung Fu Tran (2006)
  • Warning: Adult Content (2006)

Showings

Episodes of Dr. Tran tour with Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation.

Episodes of Dr. Tran aired on G4's Late Night Peep Show on G4 (TV channel). The show was originally titled, "Happy Tree Friends and Friends."

Dr. Tran shows up annually at the San Diego Comic-Con with Spike & Mike, and at film festivals such as Sundance and Annecy. Many anime conventions around the US often have underground screenings of the shorts as well.

Dr. Tran may also be seen in the Mondo Mini-Shows section of YouTube

Voice talents

  • Jason Johnson - Dr. Tran, Hotel Soap, Fruit Hat Lady
  • Breehn Burns - Narrator, Fat Friend, The Chicken, Leland's Grandma, Cinnamon Bun, Grandpa, WonderMouth
  • Juni Bucher - Leland the Cough Drop, Toy Cack Store Announcer
  • Carlos Victorica - Roybertito's Narrator

References

  1. ^ "Here Comes Dr. Tran". http://www.beyondgrandpa.com/drtran/about.html. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  
  2. ^ Tanner, Dylan (February 25, 2004). "Farting with impunity". Portland State University Vanguard. http://www.dailyvanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/02/25/403c20f39de42. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  
  3. ^ "Lone Sausage Production Journal". http://www.lonesausage.com/journal.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-27.  

Dr. Tran is also the name of the doctor in season 1 of The Dead Zone.

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