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Flash Portal History: 2000

The Flash Portal was still in its infancy in 2000, having not yet been automated until later in the year.

January

The start of the new year brought a lot of new faces. In January, we were introduced to three very memorable Portal contributors. Brian Beaton uploaded his first episode of "Scrotum the Puppy", soon to become a long-running Portal icon. Scrotum really summed up everything I wanted Newgrounds to be about: cute fuzzy animals with guns.

Jeremy Mills hit the scene with his quirky Rainbow Bright parody, which would be followed by some great games.

The elusive Will Stamper also made his mark with the very Will Stamperish movie, "Koke". Will would later be known for the classic game "Street Life". He later died of stomach cancer, came back and announced it was a hoax, then left the scene completely. He now works for Newgrounds and does our web design.

January was also the debut of Bentframe comedy on Newgrounds. "Yoda's Blowjob" featured audio by the comedy star of MP3.com and would soon by followed by the famous "Star Wars Gangsta Rap" (later sold to Atom Films).

  • Scrotum 1
    Scrotum 1 by Brian-Beaton

    Scrotum plays "catch."

    Score
    3.47 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    968,105 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Koke Inferno
    Koke Inferno by Stamper

    Black and white Coke parody.

    Score
    2.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    52,573 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Yoda's Blowjob
    Yoda's Blowjob by flangazor

    Hey Yoda! Have you ever used The Force to get laid?

    Score
    2.81 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    608,622 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

February

This was the month of often overlooked hits. AEvil was a fun shooter and one of the first Portal entries to feature bonus rounds for added fun. Sloth TV was a hilarious music video that had fans of Reading Rainbow especially entertained. Pregnancy was a short and funny skit by Rogerio, who later vanished.
My favorite movie of this month was probably Snarlie Brown, the EvilDave classic that was removed due to pressure from the late Charles Schultz's lawyers.

  • AEvil
    AEvil by Larz

    Shoot lots of zombies, and try to score enough points for the bonus round!

    Score
    3.12 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    927,768 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Sloth TV
    Sloth TV by JeremyLokken

    Crazy music video featuring Sloth from the Goonies!

    Score
    2.45 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    213,999 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

March

March marked the introduction of another favorite contributor, Ben Apgar of 512productions. In this same month he submitted Souped-Up Civic (very underated in my opinion) and Chinese Restaurant, which would go on to be a huge hit.

Rogerio also submitted "Walk my Plank", the most perverted Portal movie I had ever accepted at the time.

Brian Beaton submitted another classic, his movie about Tupac.

  • Chinese Restaurant
    Chinese Restaurant by rush22

    A music video about a Chinese restaurant.

    Score
    3.36 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    172,884 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Souped-up Civic
    Souped-up Civic by rush22

    Sick of people trying to make their wimpy engine cars sound and look fast? Check this out!

    Score
    2.32 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    247,913 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • How Tupac Was Murdered.
    How Tupac Was Murdered. by Brian-Beaton

    Find out how Tupac was murdered!

    Score
    3.63 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,033,608 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

April - The Portal becomes automated.

Months earlier, I hired my friend Ross to program an automated system for accepting Flash submissions. My mailbox was flooded with files and I was still rejecting most of them. I was creating individual pages for the submissions I chose to showcase, and found myself frequently updating files and information for existing entries. It was becoming hard to keep up with everything!

We launched the automated Portal on April 6th and it was the first of its kind, the only site where artists could submit their games and movies to a real-time system. Submissions were instantly available to the public, who voted on their outcome. When a submission crossed the low score threshold, users would receive a message stating, "Blam! This submission has been deleted", now known as "Blamming." It would be a few years before other sites started ripping us off!

We launched with Scrotum the Puppy, as it was the biggest hit at the time. This is why Scrotum has a submission ID of "1", even though it wasn't the first submission we ever received. Looking back, I wish we had put through all the original submissions in order. I was probably too busy with schoolwork at the time, or something stupid.

Stamper may have been the first to submit a "new" submission through the automate system:

  • Down Town
    Down Town by Stamper

    The epic tale by William Stamper.

    Score
    2.63 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    95,577 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

Doomhammr soon made his debut with Uniwar, a great game at the time.

  • Uniwar Level 1 SE
    Uniwar Level 1 SE by Doomhammr

    Extremely fun blast'em-up where you run through corridors and shoot enemy soldiers. Get ready to run when things get sticky!

    Score
    3.55 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    829,191 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

The fun kept rolling in...

  • BlunderCats
    BlunderCats by BAHArts

    Actual bloopers from Thundercats. Mumm-ra cracks me up beyond belief!

    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,855,522 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Fukemon 1- The original!!
    Fukemon 1- The original!! by PirataCobra

    The Fukemon series is humongous! This is the one that started it all. Be sure to check out the rest!

    Score
    2.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    663,052 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Do you Yahoo?
    Do you Yahoo? by Chuck

    ...well? Do you?!

    Score
    3.03 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    290,591 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Street Life
    Street Life by Stamper

    Use your street smarts to navigate this land of violence and sex!

    Score
    3.55 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,364,368 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only

You wouldn't know it now, but Street Life was a huge hit back in the day. The unique mix of sex, violence and choose-your-adventure antics made it the #1 submission of all time for MONTHS, making Stamper the biggest celebrity on Newgrounds. We had awards back then but didn't save them to the user records. If we had, Street Life would have a lot of gold trophies. Scary, eh?

Luis would also make his debut during the first month, with his submission of Da Stick up and Perverto!

  • Da Stick up
    Da Stick up by Luis

    An armed robber holds up a plane!

    Score
    2.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    907,867 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • perverto
    perverto by Luis

    He's a total pervert.

    Score
    3.33 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    235,241 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

Still in the first month, we were joined by Sean Bonner and his viral hit, Elian Wazzup! A spoof on the popular Budweiser commercials, Elian sparked a movement that resulted in a large collection of Wazzup movies.

  • Elian - Wazzup!!!
    Elian - Wazzup!!! by seanbonner

    The original that started the fad!

    Score
    3.54 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    454,420 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

Idiots Anonymous was one of the best series to appear on Newgrounds early on, with awkward pauses and lots of silly dialogue.

  • Idiots Anonymous - ep. 1
    Idiots Anonymous - ep. 1 by Karmichael

    Our first introduction to the idiots!

    Score
    3.25 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    303,262 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

It wasn't long before artists were starting to criticize the number of crappy submissions, as Doodler pointed out in "Peanut."

  • Peanut
    Peanut by Doodler

    Doodler made this movie to show how bad Portal movies can be. It actually did pretty well.

    Score
    3.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    38,388 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

May

The Pox brought a taste of England to NG when they submitted The Pygmy Shrew. This is one of those cartoons that made me think Flash could look just as good on TV as it looks on the web.

Doughguy Bloopers, released the same month, also kept the promise alive, while Trapped showed gamers that Flash had excellt Zelda potential.

  • The Pygmy Shrew
    The Pygmy Shrew by POX

    This short is hilarious and well put together - right down to the original naration.

    Score
    3.66 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    254,868 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Doughguy Bloopers
    Doughguy Bloopers by abe-d

    Nuthin' says lovin' like... like... line?

    Score
    3.67 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    861,385 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Trapped
    Trapped by matRugDevelopments

    Solve puzzles and find keys.

    Score
    3.40 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    182,253 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

June

Anime fans started to take a liking to Newgrounds, thanks to visually impressive submissions such as The Bard's Song.

Big Black Ben combined funny audio with a great cartoon, as opposed to a lot of submissions that combined funny audio with horrible cartoons.

Clark Lybeck gave birth to one of the most common themes on Newgrounds: Sprite movies! For a moment he was the king of all things sprites, if only he had stuck with it! His once great domain name is now owned by squatters who snatched it up when his registration expired.

We also attracted plenty of perverts when The Romp submitted an inventive game about X-Ray glasses.

  • The Bard's Song
    The Bard's Song by CharlieZero

    A simple storyteller sings his favorite song. Very nicely done! Has some blood, too! :)

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    543,834 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Big Black Ben (NEW)
    Big Black Ben (NEW) by zipzip

    The latest in automotive theft protection!

    Score
    3.90 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,347,765 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Duck Hunt: Target = Mirth
    Duck Hunt: Target = Mirth by visionomud

    That annoying dog finally gets it!

    Score
    3.25 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    465,316 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Cooties Bar X-Ray Glasses
    Cooties Bar X-Ray Glasses by theROMPER

    Step into Cooties Bar with these X-ray specs. Hilarity ensues!

    Score
    3.68 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    29,885,524 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only

July

Inspired by Clark Lybeck, Randy Solem submitted his first sprite movie to Newgrounds. Randy would go on to become the king of the sprite movies, on both Newgrounds and the Internet as a whole.

Barnyard Shenanigans was the funniest movie on Newgrounds and would remain the funniest for a good while.

Meanwhile, Sirkowski submitted the first of what would be many great Miss Dynamite episodes and Fat-Dime-Studios submitted the first of what would be several very disturbing episodes of The Lloyds.

McFretN raised the bar for shooters, introducing his Combat Instinct series.

  • Mario Gets Lucky
    Mario Gets Lucky by Randy-Solem

    Very cute NES-style animation... Except you'd never see it on the NES!

    Score
    3.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    661,835 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Barnyard Shenanigans!
    Barnyard Shenanigans! by Pandemoniac

    One of the funniest things you may ever see!

    Score
    3.78 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    601,020 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Miss.Dynamite VIII
    Miss.Dynamite VIII by Sirkowski

    Eva and Blackie slice, dice, and shoot up the Back Street Boys!

    Score
    3.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    991,267 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • The Lloyds :Urine Trouble
    The Lloyds :Urine Trouble by Fat-Dime-Studios

    See where it all started as Mongo gets blamed for peeing on the floor!

    Score
    2.44 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    66,173 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Combat Instinct
    Combat Instinct by McFretN

    Amazing arcade-style shooter. Play through three levels from three different first-person viewpoints. Great fun!

    Score
    3.42 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,669,117 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

August

Jose Ortiz, aka MindChamber, blessed us with what remains the coolest Transformers movie on Newgrounds. MindChamber would later redesign Pico and become part of the official NG staff.

  • Heroes of Cybertron
    Heroes of Cybertron by MindChamber

    The greatest Transformers fan-film ever produced!

    Score
    4.06 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,321,086 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

September

MindChamber brought the urban flair to Newgrounds and The Little Jamurai kept it going the following month.

Forum regular Fourchinnigan submitted the first episode of Miracle Explosion, one of the earliest series on the site.

  • The Little Jamurai
    The Little Jamurai by dreadslick

    Classic samurai flick with a hip-hop edge... This is good stuff and oozes with style!

    Score
    4.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    158,467 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Miracle Explosion-Ep#01
    Miracle Explosion-Ep#01 by fourchinnigan

    The butt-scratching bear is a hoot.

    Score
    3.82 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    76,163 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

October

The Mystic Island and Keegan's Truck series kicked off with their first episodes!

We received a lot of submissions celebrating Halloween. This was an early taste of what would become yearly collection pages for major holidays.

  • Mystic Island 1
    Mystic Island 1 by GolemCC

    the first episode finds our hero Sam washed up on a remote tropical island, where he meets the friendly Dennis and the psychotic...

    Score
    3.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    208,604 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Keegan's Truck 1
    Keegan's Truck 1 by AzureSt0ne

    The episode that started it all! Watch Keegan kill!

    Score
    3.18 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    79,437 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

November

Randolf Dilamanta made a single appearance on Newgrounds this year. His movie, The Final Task, was a true inspiration. I still check in occasionally with Randolf, hoping he will some day Flash again.

A b/w animated story rounded out November as a good month for serious submissions, while Stuart Hart would set new standards for hilarious stick antics with Angry Hill Billys and Dangerous Olympics.

Zeebarf felt right at home, tossing Buttplug into the Portal. This same month, Zeebarf and I started development on Disorderly, although it wouldn't be finished until almost a year later.

Talk about a busy month, we also saw the birth of Marcus Peblo!

For better or for worse, the dress-up game trend skyrocketed thanks to an appearance by Britney Spears.

  • The Final Task
    The Final Task by chefboyrd

    One of the most beautiful works of Flash ever... and it's violent!

    Score
    4.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,311,276 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • A b/w animated story
    A b/w animated story by shadowe

    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in great numbers.

    Score
    4.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    93,668 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Dangerous Olympics
    Dangerous Olympics by Stuart-Hart

    One of the best stick movies I've seen... Great timing and hilarious animation.

    Score
    4.00 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    304,530 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Angry Hill Billys
    Angry Hill Billys by Stuart-Hart

    This is a must-see stick movie. By the creator of Moron Olympics, and one of my favorites!

    Score
    4.12 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    290,231 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Buttplug
    Buttplug by Zeebarf

    It's everyone's favorite board game!

    Score
    3.33 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,929,918 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Marcus Peblo!!!!!
    Marcus Peblo!!!!! by ericblak

    A boy with a destiny, becomes a man with a mission!

    Score
    3.80 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    191,493 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Britney dress up doll
    Britney dress up doll by tormented-soul

    Have you ever wanted to undress Britney Spears, and dress her up in different outfits? Here's your chance!

    Score
    3.40 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    11,849,287 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only

December

The year came to a close with some great artistic works, such as T. Bailey's Corporate Puppet. I also got a kick out of the Toy Story spoof by Razzo, and the Star Wars spoof by Scott Torment.

We finished the year with a Merry Christmas!

  • Corporate Puppet
    Corporate Puppet by ebailey

    First day at a new job. This video is a real work of art!

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    242,400 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Toy Story Cinemargh
    Toy Story Cinemargh by Raz

    This parody by Razzo is a hoot!

    Score
    3.75 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,389,457 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Star Wars : Lo Mein
    Star Wars : Lo Mein by tormented-soul

    Darth Vadar and the Emperor go to a Chinese Restaurant.

    Score
    3.79 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    448,348 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • flash_8581_medium
    Christmas 2000 The Gritch, mall massacres, Santa Roasts, and ass-beads Elmo!

The following year would bring us the introduction of the Clock Crew, as well as the events of September 11th. Continue to 2001!