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Cecil's Journey to the Heart of Darkness is a 30 minute long stop motion short movie lampooning the fantasy genre in general and The Lord of the Rings in particular. The protagonist of the story is a wraith named Cecil, a Minion with an F In Evil to the resident Evil Overlord Morkyll. While Cecil is incredibly loyal to Morkyll and professes to believe in "evil", he has a strong moral compass that keeps him from carrying out his dark lord's missions. Unable to bring himself to destroy the wraith, Morkyll sends Cecil on a mission for a (fictional) magic object called "The McGuffin Stone."

Fifty years pass. Cecil is still searching for the stone when he learns that Morkyll has long since been slain in a great world. Distraught at the loss of his master, Cecil decides to go on a quest to raise Morkyll from the dead. Along the way he meets a snarky dragon named Gravatak the Apathetic, a redheaded merchant woman named Arrowyn, a trio of Goblin minstrels, and a cowardly wannabe hero named Orogon, amongst other strange characters. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

The stop motion is amateurish and jerky at times, but the voice acting, script, and character design are worth a look.

This animation contains examples of the following tropes:

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