Anime cliche smorgasbord!
Man, you've done it again! I love the anime cliches in this animation. Nothing but back-to-back laughs! The voice talent is absolutely hilarious again - you and Joshua rock.
From the "hotdogs" (sushi) to the killing off of characters and having them come back - you did a great job of interpreting classic anime patterns and story devices into hilarious situations with your characters and voices. This animation is so chock full of awesome!
I decided to take a swig of my Dr.Pepper at totally wrong time - at the end, when he gives the message to stay in school, then shows his idiot brother blowing his brains out, I laughed mid-swig and ended up splattering my monitor with Dr.Pepper. Haha.
Again, well done. keep it up!
I totally didn't see that coming. Hahaha
Short and sweet, I love it.
That was some really awesome voice talent and audio work. Nice story too!
Very entertaining, and really good comedic timing!
I loved how Satan morphs when he gets pissed - nice touch.
HAHAHA! OMG, your voice talent is excellent. Especially when you do his mother's voice. Holy crap, I laughed so hard. Well done!
Looks like it was fun to make :)
I think you have a good eye for action, this short film is pretty action-packed.
Your camera work reminds me of the Transformers movie that came out a while back. Michael bay loves to whip the camera around fast during those massive action scenes. It's almost gratuitous at times, which can make it hard to discern what's going on.
Just out of curiosity, did you experiment with camera zooms? Like zooming up on the action then zooming back out.
I'm noticing a rising trend of this style of NG movie(stick fighting with lots of camera moves - I think I've seen 4 or so in the last few days). They must be pretty fun to make.
I think you have a pretty good understanding of timing and movement. That said, If you wanted to take this animation to the next level, you could use your stick figure animation as a guide and draw characters on top. I think your movement is good, it would be awesome to see a fully drawn/animated characters duking it out.
Nice work :)
Hahaha, a total riot!
This is so odd and so hilarious. It hits that special spot in my sense of humor that's hard to get to. Well done. And it loops so well!
It has a great combination of being catchy, hilarious, ridiculous, melodic and bizarre.
So the other day I was humming this song and a guy I work with overheard me and piped up singing "shut up woman get on my horse!" LOL
You totally win.
Hahaha, this is great!
Great delivery on the jokes and great pacing!
The clerk's voice reminds me of a toned down version of the Brawndo announcer. Check youtube for "Brawndo" to see what I mean.
Good job with the voice talent as well.
"it's like having sex with a tractor trailer in a parking lot!" i love brawndo. i'll have to work on my VO skills to get that good, but thanks for the props, kevin.
My eyes and ears hurt.
When watching movies, you'll notice that your eyes are a lot more forgiving than your ears. An example: Imagine you're watching an action movie and there's a little visual glitch in the upper left corner of the film every 20-30 seconds or so. On the audio track, you hear the speakers pop about every 20-30 seconds. You're much more likely to notice the sound than you would notice the small visual glitch in the top corner. Visually, you're being stimulated to watch the action, so the glitch is hardly detectable. however, your ears don't get the opportunity to redirect what they hear.
You've managed to make a movie with an interfering visual glitch AND audio pops. It's very hard to watch. The worn-out film look you're going for needs to be much more subtle. You may want to reference some old-time black and white films that use a projector to get an idea of what that effect looks like. You have a radial gradient flickering and fading around the edge of the film which is fine, and it's not distracting - start with that. It makes me feel like the film is being projected. But the hairs on the film and scratches occur at such a high frequency, it's hard to watch. It's very distracting. I'd make that effect more subtle, and try varying the amount of scratches, their thickness, length, opacity, and drop the frequency substantially.
Your audio pops a lot as well. You may need to rework the compression of your audio files so they don't do that. it was very distracting. If you're trying to make the audio sound a bit vintage, try adding a bit of noise/static (very low volume levels for effect - like the static you'd hear from a record player) and play with a few effects that make it sound like it's being played in a tin can (reverb adjustments). I don't know if you have access to audio software that's capable of these tricks. Audacity is free audio software and it has a few effects built in that you can use. Google it and grab it. I believe people release free plug-ins for it as well. It's definitely worth a look.
You're concept is good, it's interesting.
Promising talent - you just need story work.
Thanks for the warning with your disclaimer: "This cartoon contains naughty words and really isn't all that funny" - i watched it regardless :)
I like the intro, it was pretty polished. The story seemed lack-luster, though.
I echo the thoughts of some reviewers: why sensor f*ck and sh*t , but let the homosexuality slander and racial slurs go unfiltered? I understand you're trying to portray this character as a total jerk, but, why that particular choice of sensory? The newgrounds demographic is probably a bit more lenient in this department, but I'm just curious what your criteria for filtering was?
I'm not sure how many people worked on the story with you, but you might try bringing in 4 or more of your close friends - who share a similar sense of humor - and bat around some story concepts to really drive home some good laughs. Acting as the director, you choose the best ideas from those sessions and pull those into the story. It just felt like each stage of the story was sort of written and animated at the same time. Embarking on an animation of this quality definitely takes time, so the more time spent at the beginning, on the story, could benefit you a lot.
There's definitely enough talent in the art style, voice acting and animation. Just beef up the story creativity. I think you're on the right track. :)
Your frame-by-frame animation style reminds me of Ralph Bakshi's work.
If you decide to go back and fine tune this animation, you may consider adding sound effects and more frame-by-frame animation in place of your use of tweening skews. The tweened skews stand out a bit too much and contrast with your frame-by-frame animation style. You could shorten the duration of your tweens and add some frame-by-frame animation in front and behind the tweens to help them feel more seamless in the animation. Ideally you'll want to try and minimize the awkward look of tweened animation as much as possible.
Good animation, and nice interpretation of Mario characters.
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