Good animation but dissapointed.
Hey Skaijo, congrats on the release! The animation itself is a great improvement but overall I can sort of see why this movie is so underrated. Before I start, I can't believe how much you changed the first Pick Up. The thing I loved the most about the original was that it could clearly stand alone, and that the music strung the story together rather than the voice over. I think the voice over made it corny and it was an obvious ploy just to help people understand the story more. I'm not saying that understanding the story is a bad thing, but the original was so much more amazing because it so cleverly and subtly portrayed it.
Ok, so now you probably understand why I didn't like act 2 as much. It didn't hold that same classy feel that you had in the original version of act 1. It was so heavily dialogue-based, that it took away from what was so genuine in the original. And as some other people had mentioned, though layering the audio makes it more realistic, it's also very hard to follow when several characters are speaking at the same time. On the plus side, the characters are so cool. The designs and the animation itself was really top-notch stuff. I thought some of the comedy was funny, and some unnecessary.
Overall it was good. I'm sure that now that you've taken this direction with the animation, I really doubt that you're going to take my advice but that's fine, because I'm sure there's plenty of people out there who loved it. Good luck, keep it up! Oh and btw, one day we shall work on something together since we kind of tossed the idea that we had in mind.
Wow.. Excellent execution.
I'm not gonna lie to you, this is a very cliched theme, but very often do you see it executed this well. The key to this film was the sound. By putting in the right sound effects you could feel the repetition as well as visually see it. I loved how you had a long repetitious scene at the end and quickly switched to the end. It was such good use of contrast that you couldn't help but feel empty and sad for the guy.
However, I really didn't like the end, with the little scene in hell. I thought it would have had more of an impact if you just ended with the message. Also, though I thought your graphics were good and smooth, I sort of felt like it didn't match the movie. Your animations are usually very cute and humorous, but this one was a drastic change. And I immediately made a connection with your style and assumed that this movie would be funny. But it was not, and in a way, I guess I liked the twist. I guess this movie had its funny moments, but the humor, for the most part, was very dark. Overall, good job, I've always loved your work and keep it up.
Wow, give me a break!
Just because he makes amazing games, doesn't necessarily mean he makes good movies. Can people please view the movie before actually voting for it, because honestly this was absolutely terrible. That's the problem with Newgrounds sometimes, the name often means more than the actual animation. For starters, the animation seemed lazy with a lot of reused movieclips and animations. The graphics were terrible. I almost cringed when the guy pressed the button on the remote. Honestly, I think you are one of the greatest when it comes to making games, so I think you should just stick to what you have going. Animation really isn't your thing. I know this sounds really harsh and all, but this is my honest opinion.
Wow, I was completely blown away by that. You should be really proud of this, though it is very underrated at the moment, if this hits frontpage I'm positive that the score will boom up.
I liked this for many reasons. First your style is excellent. You combined clever motifs into the animation which lingers in the back of your head. You matched the tone of the song perfectly. The sort of melancholy and mysterious mood is matched with the use of a good color palette as well as your symbols such as the crows and the teddy bear. It was also a great example of well-placed bitmap graphics. Even your typography with the credits was classy. You also demonstrated an attractive use of gradients.
I am also a tween animator and it is difficult to find such tween animation quality now a days. With the fbf stricken newgrounds, I think that people have forgotten that tweening is not lazy rather, when used correctly and to its full potential it can make masterpieces such as this. I believe that people immediately associate tweening with LegendaryFrog (no offense) and consider it lazy. I'm currently working on a music video as well, and after I'm done, I'll contact you and maybe we can work on something together because you really impressed me.
Nice and impressive graphics.
Hi, I'm assuming that you used AE for this movie and I just wanted to know how you did some effects. I too use AE regularly and I can do mostly everything done here. Btw, the movie's very nice and entertaining. Good lighting of the characters with good color saturation and whatever. I'm guessing that you guys just taped/glued the images of the eyes and arms onto the mangoes and just tossed them around on tape in front of a screen and keyed it out afterwards. But I just have one little question: how did you make the mango that was blurred up at the front during one of the scenes blink? I considered that it could be a stop motion sort of thing but that would be very difficult unless you're really good with tracking or something. Also, the blur seemed more like a natural blur rather than an added effect gaussian blur so that would also make stop motion very unlikely. I guess it could also be in AE basic 3D but that would also be pretty tough. I doubt that you'll respond, so if anyone reads this and knows the answer can they PM me? btw, I'm not intending to make a movie like this, I just think its a clever technique combining animation with live video.
I have never been and never will be a clock fan, but admittingly that was jaw-droppingly fantastic work. Your art style is very unique and professional.
You seemingly have mastered animation in flash, as you are both amazing with tweening as well as FBF. I also thought you had clever music and great cinematics. There was a good use of perspectives as well as depth. The only complaint I can come up with is the typography in the opening section with just the words. The font for the quote was well chosen, but the serif fonts seemed out of place for the title.
Absolutely fantastic work, I'll take a look at your other submissions, hopefully I'll find something that is not clock related, because I want to see your people/character animation skills. Great job, congratulations.
Wow, so amazing..
I love the fact that Simple Line has become THE collab! It is so exclusive and you really have to be one of the best to be in it. I have been a big fan of the Simple Line series and therefore was so compelled to write a review. The thing I love so much about Simple Line is that everyone has such developed styles. This is the kind of collab that you wouldn't need name tags and I would still be able to tell who did what.
Totty: You have been such an inspiration for so long now. Even before you had anything on NG, I used to be awed by your conceptual artwork. Your part is no exception. It had jumpy exciting animation with contrasting colors very similar to your art style. You completely held up my expectations.
TFC: My long time favorite animator. But to be honest, I was a little dissapointed by this. Personally I don't think you've developed much from the last Simple Line. But I know, you're going to be like: "OMG, but I animated this thing last year so improved a lots!!!11one!" I don't know, I was just expecting a little bit more out of you. The animation style was the same old thing, the style reminded me a lot of Mask. But surprise me with your next submission :D!
BBQ: Your animation was kind of bland to be honest, but you definitely have the most developed style, like ever. I feel like you pioneered the elastic-like snap tweening style (if that makes sense). I was dissapointed though, the end i just felt like "that's it?"
Tox: Amazing as usual, your FBF skills can't be touched. At first, I couldn't recognize your part, but as soon as that line bursted into water, I was like: "Ohh.." Good Job!
ShawnHollern: Holy crap! That was so amazing. Your sense of anatomy just was so killer! Ugh.. makes me so jealous that you can do something like that. I thought the ending kinda sucked, but I'm pretty sure you realize that too.
Overall, this is definitely one of the best animated collabs on Newgrounds. Oh man.. there was something I was really dissapointed about though. When I saw the trailer, I got so excited that Gel was going to be in it, but he ended up only doing the credits? Geez, way to break a fans heart. Great job guys!
I definitely think this is one of the most overated animations. I agree that this does have good graphics with fluid animation but it is lacking in many aspects. This deserves, at most a 3.85 but with your overwhelming success with Animator vs Animation (which I agree is very good) your popularity has risen this movie to above a 4.1? I think this is kind of ridiculous, because I recall watching this movie just after Animator vs Animation was released and the score was still at around 3.70. For this reason I feel that the Newgrounds voting system is unfair in some ways. Please don't get me wrong though, I am not bashing this movie because I find the system unfair but I truly do not believe it deserves its score. First of all, the sound was lacking. The sound effects were overused and repetitive (i.e. The "boing" sound of the main character jumping). Also the style was very generic. Though I am not a "stick" hater, the brush size was too large and it lacked detail. Also, a static camera lacked perspective which could have made the movie much more deserving of its score. However, the animation was very fluent and the concept was well made (although you were inspired by Naruto). By the way, none of what I said is against you as an animator, its more of against the system and how popularity and mass voting can change a score from 3.70 to 4.19. Good luck with your next movie!
To be completely honest with you, I was personally a little dissapointed with the outcome of the Anime Collab. Not to be bashing you guys or anything, but this was possibly one of the most hyped collabs and it didn't live up to its reputation. I'll go one by one of some of the major animators:
Keicho: I think you did a spectacular job putting this together, good work. Your parts were also very well made. Good job!
Quimera: You were quite dissapointing in my opinion. You have a very 'big' name and you really didn't show your true talent within your pieces. Your chrono trigger scene was especially lacking.
Astropuff: Absolutely stunning!! Great graphics with fluid fbf, good job. I especially loved your pokemon scene. Your inuyasha scene was a bit too sketchy in my opnion though.
British Moose: Your parts seemed the weigh the collab down a little, more time should've been taken to refine your skills.
Mental Myles: Really out of place in this group. Though you really stand out, you seemed to stand out in a negative fashion. I really enjoy your other works though.
Ginilla: This was a great piece. Should've gotten co-author in my opinion. Well made, and well composed.
Genesis Sum: Should've showed off your swift skills a bit more, animation seemed too static.
ForestXion: Needs a lot of work, for a predominantly fbf collab, your animation was way too blocky and choppy.
PimpinJ: Sexy animation, sexy style!
Very nice collab overall though. It was very well put together and the liquid tension music held it together like glue. But its hard to make an anime themed collab because it will obviously be compared to the original anime. But you guys pulled through in the end, good job!
Besides the awesome animation and clever dialogue, the funniest thing must've been whenever Trever spoke. Since I'm japanese, I understood whatever Trever's subtitles said and that it was totally different from what he was actually speaking. I cracked up so bad, thanks for the good laugh.
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