Discord – The Movie stars a stop-motion Danny DeVito and sock puppets eating pizza

Inviting its community members to explain what the digital platform means to them, Discord, the online messaging service, has collaborated with agency AKQA and Riff Raff films to showcase various creative mediums representing just a taste of the diversity of its communities. This range spans medieval tavern-goers in stop-motion animation from Radiohead collaborator Chris Hopewell – also of that little tear-jerking John Lewis ad – to sock puppets jovially (and somewhat disconcertingly) eating spaghetti and pizza. Danny DeVito and Awkwafina walk around the Matrix-esque digital realm of Discord discovering all the various communities that exist, such as gamers, quirky message boards and people simply with a passion to share.

Finn Keenan, through Amsterdam-based agency AKQA, directed the five-minute long mini epic. As quotes from users came flooding in as a response to the question of how to describe Discord to non-users, Keenan had the job of visualising them – which materialised as Danny DeVito eating a sandwich, dressed in combat gear and being showered in eggs.

The trippy style of the video came from Keenan’s desire to communicate how vague a description of Discord can be and the variety of responses the creative team received, he tells It’s Nice That. A Dungeons and Dragons response, for example, inspired the organic nature of the tavern scene, whilst the high-end computer graphics of the transit hall wherein DeVito and Awkwafina land themselves was inspired by the gaming community. Sock puppets aimed to inject charm and the accessible nature of certain groups in Discord. And retro-pop animation, which Keenan claims “toes the line between cheesy silliness and an overly-friendly trippy aesthetic”, aimed to give the film the joy within the vagueness about what Discord is for its users.

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