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Bambee Bambee

Rated 5 / 5 stars

El Cid, I come back here 6 years later cause I still remember this animation so well. I'm truly grateful that you made it.

There's this philosopher that implied we are "saved" from the meaninglessness of things by way of creative works, something for which we can look back on what we created and take solace in it, and say, "There, that was it. That was the day it all started." I hope this is that for you.


El-Cid responds:

Totally. :)


Team Fortress 2 Fail Team Fortress 2 Fail

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

You have a lot more talent than I do, by a long shot. It'll be cool to see you make something interesting & slightly daring (Lucky Day Forever) with it, rather than this well-animated uninteresting story.



Hyperborea Hyperborea

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

On par with Brackenwood with fewer artistic assets

This movie manages to convey a lot of mystery and wonder. In that, it reminds me of the earlier Brackenwood films, as well as the Hitchhiker series, also by Adam Phillips.

Interesting things to note: It uses music sparingly; it presents a bunch of characters and settings without, seemingly, any intention of an overarching theme or narrative. We get the feeling that we're being presented with some kind of naturally-occurring, everyday scene in a strange world, like this is a fishbowl and we're looking at the fish inside it interact with the little miniature sunken ships and divers.

That seems to be the point of it, in fact, and that is not something I mind. It's a fun and interesting diversion; I hope that potential for piquing interest continues in later games.


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exotworking responds:

Brackenwood, especially the first 3 films, were a great inspiration for me. Thanks for your enthusiastic review!


How to be a Vblogger! How to be a Vblogger!

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Problematic portrayal

I recognize that these vbloggers may very well be rather useless and wasting people's time, but I still wonder at the fact that the person who made Leo and Satan, a relatively harmlessly funny flash that brings a bit of joy to the world, has to produce as well such a spiteful video.

It's not terrible, I know; production values of the flash itself are quite good, and there's definitely some funny bits--but still, I guess I just feel this kind of work hasn't much of a legitimate philosophical basis, except, in itself, showing how meanly self-abrasive and destructive the internet as a whole can be, like the snake chomping its own tail.

But then, maybe it's really not all that bad a thing. Maybe I'm being just humorless.



Smokey the Monkey Smokey the Monkey

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Oh munglai. I should've known it was you.

As per usual, excellent in every way an animation can possibly be excellent. Although I wonder if maybe the opening scene in the lab could've been a little more compelling. I felt the camera angles were a little static and uninteresting, which didn't help the opening action, which wasn't particularly interesting until the van came in.

That's nitpicking, though. Loved it.



BitterSweet BitterSweet

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Holy crap

That was about as delightfully creepy and deviant as "Pigpen." Not quite as well done in terms of directorship and animation, that is, but this kind of humorous vileness is worthy of note.


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Rehab For Fictional Char. Rehab For Fictional Char.

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Made me laugh, which is good enough

I do gripe that it felt a bit much like Family Guy--not a bad thing, necessarily. It just makes one wary of saying they like this thing TOO much. Having random fictional characters sit around and complain as thus is nice enough; it's funny, it's not devoid of cleverness. But it still feels like a kind of meaningless and pointless cartoon, something that you watch and you don't feel particularly satisfied.



Link's Barrel Beat Link's Barrel Beat

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

OH GOD NO PURPLE LINK

He's there! Green Link shoves his head down right about when Tingle comes into the picture! They're doing things to him! Oh no.


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Meet Larry Meet Larry

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Woo!

Usually these serious shorts with amateur voice-acting come off as melodramatic, boring, and shitty. This was a little bit of that at times, but overall, it was original, visually and intellectually interesting. It's both aesthetically interesting and varied, a valid and good experiment.

One criticism: your front shot of Larry looks rather un-alive. Like some piece of clipart or something you traced out of a bitmap. I wonder if the Adam Phillips style of drawing people (as in "Hitchhiker") would work for you.

Maybe a few improvements on the monologue would be a smart decision, too. Those coughs sounded rather out of place, not to mention fake-ish.


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Great Destiny Man Great Destiny Man

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very funny indeed

I have a question I would hope could be answered: does the man known as Chris Voigt actually believe he's a bitter old man suckling at his proud nation's welfare teat (or at least being some kind of drag on society) or does he believe that what he's doing (as an animator, as a humorist) count as something truly worthwhile to do for people? Is he satisfied that he is doing with his life something good enough, having chosen what he's chosen?

If I could have that question answered, I would love the man known as Chris Voigt forever. It would help someone who's wondering what to do with their lives.

Anyway, I think this movie is great and so are all these other movies like Pleasure Island and Angry Dog. I have to admit I would like to see more of them.


Sexual-Lobster responds:

woah that's a deep question.

my goal is to work as an animator doing what i enjoy. i hope in the future to make animation that will generate revenue for those involved and justify its existence commercially. not created solely to earn money of course but paying for itself. to that end i've gone to uni to learn the craft and that's where i'm up to. since leaving uni i have done 5 weeks of freelance animation work, and about the same amount of time having no work except my casual job, so i'm scoring 50% so far.