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Facebook Girl Facebook Girl

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very unique, and very funny.

I don't have a Facebook. Constantly, my friends pester me about getting one. I'm sorry, I don't want to read their mundane updates, and I don't want to hear about their purple cows or whatever. From now on, I'm sending this to them whenever I have that conversation.

I'm struggling a little bit to criticize the animation. Very minimal, but that worked well. It's very interesting that you satirized the typical Facebook girl in a way that just used a couple words popping up to keep things funny. The speech bubbles on your part seemed a little much, though. I would have preferred a voiceover, perhaps from the point of view of somebody watching the updates.

The Facebook page itself was very neatly done. I especially enjoyed the Forever Alone comic at the top, and the Penicorn just peeking up from the bottom of the screen. Overall, the piece is very interesting, and it's pretty poignant. Nice job!

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Dosensuppen responds:

Thanks. Speech bubble, as many said, was an overkill. I got that through my head. If a new one is made, I'll remove that. Thanks for your review, mate.

Turkey Day Follies Turkey Day Follies

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very funny.

Sound effects really went a long way in this Flash. It's refreshing to see a meaningful (if short and playful) cartoon conveyed without much speech other than "Oh no!"

The art looked really spectacular. The bright colors were very clean, and they helped establish that playful mood. Put this in black and white with sharper lines, and it becomes a drama. Funny how things work like that.

Throughout the movie, I enjoyed the buildup. The climax was hilarious in my opinion, though I won't ruin it for others. There's not much I can say to add to this other than some music, but it really works even without it.

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Rotoscope Compilation! Rotoscope Compilation!

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Polished, clever too!

I'm really in awe at the artistic skill something like this must take to create. I know animating frame by frame takes me hours, so I can't even imagine the kind of effort that goes into creating something like this.

Some of the bits were really funny. I especially enjoyed Hilmi's Superman segment. Originality was evident, and if there wasn't new ground broken, then there was a ton of style shining through. Ayai's dancing segment was just plain cool. I loved the squiggly arms. However, a little more cohesion among the bits would not have gone unappreciated; if there was a common theme or symbol, you'd have a movie, and not just a collection of animations.

It's a shame that you had to take a hit on the quality. An HD version on YouTube or something would be really cool to take a look at. I would have liked to see just a little more with the entire presentation, maybe a developed intro, maybe a credits section, something to make the experience more immersing.

Other than that, it was a lot of fun to watch.

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akoRn responds:

thanks~ ! I'm sure to pass the compliment to Hilmi n Ayai! :D
thiis is a link to a slightly better quality of my own piece: yQoc4

not sure if other upload their to youtube

Danger Global Warming Danger Global Warming

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Disturbing. I couldn't look away.

This is a very compelling piece. Honestly, it's gripping. The use of minimalist coloring really helped accomplish the (post?) apocalyptic feel of the movie. There's a hypnotic urgency in the movie. At each stop in the music, I was anticipating the next event.

That's one of the best elements working for you-- the music. This piece was excellently scored. As things sped along, as shots rang out, as the world crumbled, there was heavy music to slam the viewer. That, combined with the frantic pacing of the movie kept me glued to the screen.

That being said, there were some distracting elements. The flashing text worked well for the most part, but at some points it was too much. Spacing it out a little more or cutting some would have worked just fine, as nobody's going to read all of it. Not too much of a big deal, but enough for me to remark on.

I enjoyed seeing the little girl as a focal point of the movie, but I don't think there was enough of her. Sure, the viewer got a coherent story, but there was so much more to do. Adding any more time to the movie would make it too long, so it would be a real juggle to get her into other scenes.

Other than all of that, I think the production is quite good.

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asdfcollab asdfcollab

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

A wicked tribute!

A preface to my review:

A tribute to Saturday Night Live is not another episode of Saturday Night Live. A tribute is an artist (or artists) providing their own style to a model of the original, creating an entirely new production, with just a little flavor of the inspiration. In that sense, this has succeeded as a tribute, if not one that's polarizing.

The most common complaint is that people don't "understand" the humor. Consider that statement; what is there about humor to be understood? Either you laugh, or you don't-- you're not writing a Doctoral Thesis on the efficiency of the laugh-producing characteristics of the asdf style. Seriously, if the joke doesn't hit, look at the production; look at the art; listen to the voices. If you have an issue with that (which, for this animation, I didn't), talk about that.

The review:

There's always a room in comedy for stupid. Stupid violence, stupid characters, stupid sounds, stupid writing. Like puns, its an easily recognized comedic device, considered by many to be low. That being said, with so much exposure, you're going to find some negativity.

Stupid, however, works for me. I value the ridiculous, the impossible, the absurd; animation removes the viewer from the world, engulfing them in a universe where it's possible to have a fish for a hand, where it's possible to have an incompetent (but sexy sounding) doctor tell you you have to urinate when your urethra is blocked. It's funny, plain and simple, to have something presented to you that violates everything the laws of the universe and society have told you to obey.

asdfcollab nails it. There's so much bizarre, "WTF!" kind of humor that abounds in the shorts that it's easy to get overloaded. Some of the skits are hit-or-miss, but I kept a smile throughout the entire movie. The comics also suit the style, and were very funny, often breathing new life into tired cliches, something that shows incredible skill on the side of the respective authors.

Now, the aesthetics. The art for the most part was very clean. Some of the stuff that wasn't based off of lines looked rough, but it didn't detract from the presentation due to the fast pacing of the toons. asdf is very minimalist, and in staying true to the style, the artists have succeeded in the tribute.

I'm biased in most parts for this movie, especially toward the voice actors, so I'm not going to go into great detail there. All around decent-- not too much to rant about.

I think that what we can all agree on is that there's so humor to be seen here. Not everybody will react to it, and some will react negatively, but it goes without saying that it has been enjoyed by others. Art's primary purpose is to elicit emotion, and it's fairly obvious that asdfcollab's specific purpose was to make people laugh. As long as it succeeded for some (as it did for me) it's a triumph in my opinion.

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thies responds:

You're right, we can't make a flash that everybody likes, including those idiots under this review.

Thanks alot for the constuctive review!

Tik Tok Pokemon Ver. Tik Tok Pokemon Ver.

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Too short, but funny.

I love Pokemon, but I hate Ke$ha. Somehow, that odd juxtaposition of feelings helped me to enjoy your movie. I think that it seemed you were kind of making fun of the song; Pokemon participating in the song's debauchery is a very strange interpretation of the lyrics.

What I found to be most clever was the way you animated the lyrics. I especially enjoyed when Pikachu literally brushed its teeth with the bottle, as opposed to using it as mouthwash or something. Cubone and the gang looked good taking part in the fun as well.

The animation was nice and fluid. The characters were bright, and your art style is pleasing to the eye and takes just enough liberties to make the Pokemon look different than tracings. That being said, I think I saw a couple of loops, which seemed a tad on the unprofessional side. No worries though, the animation was cutesy so it didn't hurt it too much.

You did a good job with the audio; it didn't crackle and the quality was decent. The file size was a little big for a tiny animation, so you might be able to afford a cut on the quality, especially considering the movie isn't really done. I also would have enjoyed some sound effects with the music. Just a little something here or there, like a yawn from Pikachu when he wakes up or a bang when she (at least, I think it's a "she") pounds the table.

On the negative side, the movie was just plain short. Too bad, as I was really starting to get in to it. I really suggest that you finish the movie; if you're lacking ideas or ambition, there are plenty of users (myself included) that would be eager to help.

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werdna250 responds:

Hey first off, thanks a lot for such a detailed response!

Not gonna lie, seeing this wall of text (in a good way for realz) made me giggle a bit =) Be prepared for my counter wall-text ^-^

See, Kesha's just one of those people in my book. By all means, she's a dumb hoe, but she's got like, 2 or 3 songs that are ridiculous party songs lmao. It starts out with you making fun of the songs, and ends up being lodged in your brain.

Loops? Just at the end, when I was gettin' close to the due date xD

Audio quality? Hmm, never thought about that xDDD I'm all about the quality for audio; for me, when something sounds like shit, it's a total turn off. However, I'm more than sure some could've been sacrificed here with little to no difference.

Sound Effects O.O Wow! Now that's never ever crossed my mind. I do admit, that is definitely a good call. I might have to give that a go.

And yeah, as I've mentioned before, I was short on time =/ If it was up to me, I'd of at least finished the first chorus. But cutting it short was necessary for my class :<

Believe me, you're not the first to request I continue this piece, but the truth is, I've completely moved on xD!

Lack of ambition and ideas? Naw, that's not me. Since finishing this, I've done another animation, am half way through another, and just started another one earlier today. While juggling a Nuzlocke comic, and some paintings lul... I should get a job...

Anyways, thanks a ton for your comments, and I really appreciate your interest. In fact, it would be really really cool to be apart of an animation collaboration, as I'm always complaining about lack of time xD. I might have to hit you up later sir.

I'm only sleeping... I'm only sleeping...

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Almost captures a psychedelic feel.

I have to tell you, I'm a little biased as a Beatles buff. That being said, I did enjoy this, and I didn't expect to. "I'm Only Sleeping" is one of my favorite songs of of Revolver, mostly because of the dreamy, introspective feel.

You're going to hear about your art a lot, so here's my take on it. It didn't seem lazy to me, but it did seem rough. The portal that opened up was just a scribble. I would have liked a MovieClip of something that was flickering or sputtering. It would have taken only a couple minutes.

Additionally, most people agree that a rainbow gradient is obnoxious. It worked passably here, but a scrolling space background or some smiley faces moving like they were inside a lava lamp would have served to break up the pattern. Too much rainbow always results in a loss of points.

The art wasn't lazy, but some of the animation seemed like it was rushed. Here's the thing, the river didn't look good because it seemed to be two frames repeating at high speed. Throw a couple more keyframes in there for smoothness, and you'd be much more satisfied with the outcome.

Otherwise, you did a neat job. Animation seems to be the only thing where you needed to improve this. I think the length was suitable for this Flash; a whole 2 1/2 minute movie wouldn't have been as enjoyable to watch.

One last point, and I didn't take points of for it: the sound quality was too low. You're only working at about 300 KB, so bumping the quality up to 56 kbps would have been great. It might have added 200-500 KBs, but it would be worth it. Enveloping the viewer in music creates an atmosphere.

Still, since I'm such a fan of The Beatles, this made its way into my favorites. Remember, add more frames, think about your art, and every so often, step back, and see if there's something that could look better.

up-a-notch responds:

ok thank you its my fav beatles song

Pleasure Island 3 Pleasure Island 3

Rated 5 / 5 stars

The Wait was Worth it.

With a name like Sexual Lobster, you know it's going to be good.

In Internet time, it was 1000 years ago that I came upon "Pleasure Island," which robbed me of innocence and took away my ability to sleep. Days and nights of mine would be spent staring hundreds of miles away, into nothingness, my brain consumed by images of men with big boobs and science experiments gone horribly, horribly wrong.

It dawned on me that this wasn't a bad thing at all. I checked out the rest of your stuff, and I was an immediate fan. Today, I'm reminded why.

Your characters have developed into pleasantly baffling archetypes of drug-fueled imagination. I'm not sure if you produce under the influence, but it wouldn't surprise me. That's far from a bad thing, however. There's a real charm to the touching account of a squid-hunting man whore's devastation after his beloved manlady is crushed by a massive crab-walrus-human hybrid. I can't make this stuff up.

The animation is top-notch, and probably the best of any of your submissions I've seen. The voice acting is crisp and clear, and the dialogue is hilarious. It seems like a ton of effort went into this, and while it may not appeal to everybody, you've found a true fan in me. I can't find any faults in this Flash, much less anything that I didn't like, so I'd be remiss in my job as a reviewer to award you anything than full credit.

10 stars, and I'll buy you a beer if we ever cross paths.

Sexual-Lobster responds:

thanks very much, Rabid-Animals

and i love your synopsis! i'm glad it managed to touch you in some way.

A New Bunny A New Bunny

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

A Masterpiece.

In my book, swearing's either gratuitous or funny. If it's funny, the amount doesn't matter. It took absolutely no deliberation on my part to come to the conclusion that the language in this movie falls in the latter (and more favorable) category.

"A New Bunny" is quick, shocking, and consistently uproarious. If you've got a minute, gaze upon the satire that TLG expertly serves up. This piece has a kind of historical significance; it accurately portrays, while at the same time lambasting, the "edgy" trend, which seemed to rise from its mid-90s grave in the mid 2000s.

There's not much to be said for the visuals, which are plain, but appealing. You're not going to see any jagged lines or small art mistakes, because the imagery is kept simple. However, in comparison the Bunny, the students look plain and almost uninspired. Still, their cartoon-ish appearance and the ludicrous pacing of the movie makes this something to be overlooked.

Perhaps the most shining characteristic of the movie is the voice acting: clear, crisp, and hilarious. Without the voice talents of the TLG team, the movie would have fallen flat. Even if the script did not change one iota, I'm confident not many voice actors could capture the cocaine-fueled scream-rants of the Bunny.

With just slight imperfections, "The New Bunny" is a shining beacon of solid comedy, a model example to those looking to shock and entertain.

9 stars.

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The Faster the Treadmill The Faster the Treadmill

Rated 5 / 5 stars

A Powerful Kind of Silly.

First, I have to tell you that you have superb taste in music. Honestly, I don't know why more people on Newgrounds aren't all about I Fight Dragons. That nostalgic, NES and Chiptune sound is infectious and comforting. With that in mind, it's good to know that you were able to create a piece that lives up to the immense quality of the song.

Too often are music videos just weak pictures and garbage animations held together by an astronomically better song. It's not fair to the musicians to be lumped in with some stickmen riding skateboards. Your style, however, formed a beautiful union with the quirky indie-rock that I Fight Dragons creates.

I've been a fan of your stuff for a very long time, and you keep improving. The story I saw in this Flash was brilliant, animated like a professional-for-pay piece, and wrapped up with no extraneous frills. The characters you created were bizarre, but adorable, and thus endearing. That little creature with the wings, the pathetic monster hiding behind crystals while the shark-armed man fought brought a little bit of sadness to the video in a very Pixar-esque fashion.

Homages to video games of the past didn't go unnoticed. A Rupee here, a box suspiciously reminiscent of those in the Mario games there, and all the other small touches really captured the music, and summarized a theme in the Flash. I'm not entirely sure if it was solely the animation or the corresponding music, but something was vaguely inspiring about the film.

Imagination, I can see, played a huge part in the production of the Flash. I love the little creatures, I adored the massive tentacle monster, and I wanted to play as the shark-armed man. You managed to encapsulate the little desires that pull at the back of gamers' minds in the Flash; you brought them to life in a quick, satisfying tale.

Obviously, there's absolutely nothing about this Flash that I didn't positively love. My only wish would be for higher quality audio, but I understand that filesize was a concern. I could see that you probably had to make a couple sacrifices with the graphics, too. However, none of that takes away from the Flash. I think anybody who's ever colored, anybody who's ever enjoyed a video game, and anybody who wants to be a happy child again for four minutes should watch this movie.

10 stars. Keep up the amazing work.

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BarfQuestion responds:

Wow, thank you for such an awesome review! It actually is a paid/professional commission piece, so it's good to hear that it lives up to those standards.

I'm really conscious about the obvious quality crunching, but there is an HD version embedded on my profile page to anyone looking for higher quality.