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Flash Portal History: 2001

The year 2001 was an interesting time for Newgrounds. We saw the introduction of the Clock Crew, as well as the response to September 11th and the resulting War on Terror.

January

The year started well enough, with some genre-bending submissions to the Portal. The first episode of Stone Trek was released, with great production values and a novel twist on Star Trek and The Flinstones. Diego Zuberbuhler's "Neo Bender" series was also a treat for the eyes, with a great Matrix / Futurama crossover to boot.

I got a personal morale boost thanks to Will Stamper's latest submission, Keeblur. This had to be the best Newgrounds-themed submission yet. We were also introduced to Edmund McMillen, with his disturbing story, "Destination: Egg!" Edmund would go on to create the popular PC game, Gish. We both won prizes at the 2005 Indepdendent Game Festival, although Edmund was the only one who used it as an opportunity to propose to his girlfriend. They're married now.

  • Stone Trek: Episode 1
    Stone Trek: Episode 1 by BrianMatthews

    A great Star Trek / Fintstones crossover! This is the premier episode - "The Deadly Ears"

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    131,932 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Neo-Bender
    Neo-Bender by Bicentennial

    The first of Diego's Bender / Matrix crossover cartoons. Bender takes out his back dodging tennis balls.

    Score
    3.18 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    751,094 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Keeblur
    Keeblur by Stamper

    Will Stamper is left homeless, and has to travel to Philadelphia to shack up with Tom Fulp.

    Score
    3.72 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    222,249 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Destination Egg!
    Destination Egg! by Bluebaby

    Next time you give the brown eye a try, think about your little friends.

    Score
    3.62 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,266,190 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

February

Things were really heating up when All Your Base hit the Portal. A parody of the poorly translated intro to Zero Wing on the Sega Genesis, the AYB phenomenon was one of our biggest "viral" hits to date, resulting in a collection of spoofs and tributes by other Flash artists.

Due to the large number of stick movies on Newgrounds, it was only a matter of time before someone took a stand. Ben Spurgin delighted audiences with his Stick Slayer movies.

We also saw the introduction of Eskimo Bob, a goofy series that I thought I would one day see on TV, but never did.

  • all yor base r blong 2 us
    all yor base r blong 2 us by Bad-CRC

    This is the movie that started it all! The original by Bad_CRC.

    Score
    4.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,503,454 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Stick Slayer: Episode One
    Stick Slayer: Episode One by Ben-Spurgin

    Stickmen are on the loose and the Stick Slayer is called upon to take them out!

    Score
    3.63 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    234,064 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Eskimo Bob 3
    Eskimo Bob 3 by toma

    Maurice the pigeon is pooping on everyone!

    Score
    3.71 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    69,497 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

March

A lot of long-running shows got their start this year. Check out the premier episodes of College University and Soft Outer Crust!

"Hostage Situation 2" and "Out of this World" both raised the bar for visual presentation in a Flash movie!

While I can't really call it a Newgrounds classic, I still get a kick out of "The Final Dump." Submissions like that eventually led to the scat collection.

  • College University pt 1
    College University pt 1 by Parks2

    An introduction to the characters, who are graduating high school!

    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    564,049 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Soft Outer Crust Ep#4
    Soft Outer Crust Ep#4 by daveteatro

    The S.O.C. characters have a small tiff involving a certain matching pair of pantaloons!

    Score
    3.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    107,554 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Hostage Situation 2
    Hostage Situation 2 by Beast0

    The amazing sequel to HS, sadly, without CS audio.

    Score
    3.98 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    366,576 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • *Out Of This World 1*
    *Out Of This World 1* by smokeshow

    This movie is simply that... A look back at the classic polygon game, with great atmospheric sounds!

    Score
    3.78 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    127,791 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • The Final Dump
    The Final Dump by smokeshow

    Have you ever tried to take a dump, and it seemed like it would never squeeze out? This guy has a bigger problem!

    Score
    3.69 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    228,750 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

April

Stick movies had always been popular on Newgrounds but they reached a whole new level with the arrival of Xiao Xiao from China. The fluid stick fighting raised the bar and set the standard for all future stick movies. Stick Slayer has his work cut out for him!

  • Xiao Xiao No. 3
    Xiao Xiao No. 3 by Zhu

    Sit back and be amazed at the smoothest stick animation ever!

    Score
    4.13 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    5,424,397 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

May

Neil Cicierega (aka Trapezoid, aka Lemon Demon) joined Newgrounds at the request of a fan who asked him to submit his Animutations to the site. "Hyakugojyuuichi!!" started the whole animutation phenomenon, but Neil didn't stop there. You would see his name again years later, with hits such as The Ultimate Showdown and his other Lemon Demon videos.

Jato got the ball rolling on his long-running "Kegel" series and "Kermit Kombat" made us all fans of Pinnicle, who has since created the Ask Al Pigeoni series.

  • Hyakugojyuuichi!!
    Hyakugojyuuichi!! by Trapezoid

    This crazy video took the Internet by storm! A must see!

    Score
    4.45 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    566,524 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • kegel & enrique iglesias
    kegel & enrique iglesias by jato

    "What kind of sick bastard sings out of a dog's ass?!"

    Score
    3.73 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    111,798 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Kermit Kombat
    Kermit Kombat by Pinnicle

    Hilarious Kermit voices and animation, plus a really goofy Pokemon character!

    Score
    3.94 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    802,998 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

June

PsychoGoldfish secured his role as one of NG's top game developers, with the release of Mini Putt! Talk about addictive! This was an early precursor to PG's Mini-Putt Online.

Mario Twins proved that the best Mario movies don't need sprites, or even very good artwork.

  • Mini Putt
    Mini Putt by PsychoGoldfish

    An amazing 18-hole miniature golf course. Fun for hours!

    Score
    3.77 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,359,941 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Mario Twins (official)
    Mario Twins (official) by LuigiPlaysBass

    This weird cartoon will probably be one of your favorites. A strange mix of style and cheese. Shiggity Shiggity Shwa!

    Score
    4.05 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,673,000 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

July

I made the mistake of pointing users to a silly web-page, resulting in a collection of Mikey cartoons and games.

The premier of Deep Fried Live, one of the more polished series on NG at the time, was released this month.

We were also joined by Matzerath, who remains one of the funniest artists on the site, IMO.

  • No Luck Mikey!
    No Luck Mikey! by Razoric

    Mikey is about to finally end his strictly cyber relationship, and meet his girlfriend of 1 year! One problem, he has to send he...

    Score
    3.73 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    169,790 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • DFL: Short Order - Sushi
    DFL: Short Order - Sushi by agro23

    This is an introduction to our host, Tako!

    Score
    3.76 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    117,089 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Worst Case Scenarios
    Worst Case Scenarios by Matzerath

    Learn how to fend off Ninja attacks!

    Score
    4.08 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    237,183 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

August

August 15th is a date that may sound familiar to regular NG visitors. That's because it's CLOCK DAY! Clock Day celebrates the events the unfolded as a result of this single submission:

  • B
    B by StrawberryClock

    The letter B!

    Score
    3.81 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,355,295 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

That's right, the letter B. No one really knows HOW it passed through the Portal without getting blammed, but it was an inspiration to crappy Flash authors everywhere. Imitators soon began to spam the Portal under the Clock name and thus, the Clock Crew was born. At first annoying, then amusing, now cherished, the Clock Crew has an interesting history.

This month also pumped up the Jam with Evilzug's infectious "Work It!" video and introduced the world to Jim the Cat.

When you see a Mario vs Sonic movie, remember that it all started here!

  • Work It! - Olskoo NES
    Work It! - Olskoo NES by evilzug

    Characters from River City Ransom dance to this Daft Punk beat!

    Score
    4.10 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,935,478 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Mario VS. Sonic  (VGDC)
    Mario VS. Sonic (VGDC) by Randy-Solem

    The greatest Sonic Vs. Mario battle ever!

    Score
    4.04 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,667,252 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

September

September started off all well and good. "From my Room" was one of the best submissions EVER and EntropicOrder had just released Rooftop Skater, one of the most addictive games on the site. No one thought the world was about to change...

  • "From my Room"
    "From my Room" by Neanderthal

    This movie sent a tingle through my body. Some call it the best thing on NG - what do you think?

    Score
    3.96 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,176,660 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Rooftop Skater 1
    Rooftop Skater 1 by EntropicOrder

    Addictive skating game with level editor and fan-made levels!

    Score
    3.39 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    11,246,587 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

September 11

This was the year of the terrorist attacks in NYC. We've never seen a single event result in such an outpouring of submissions. Some of them were great, many were crap. They touched on a whole range of human emotions: sadness, anger and fear.

  • 9/11/01
    9/11/01 by Inim

    A day which will live in infamy.

    Score
    3.51 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    321,183 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Floor:83
    Floor:83 by MindChamber

    911 response by Mindchamber.

    Score
    3.54 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    325,351 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

It wasn't long before anger became the prevailing emotion, and our War on Terror submissions rolled in. These are some of the highlights of the following months:

  • Bad Dudes vs. Bin Laden
    Bad Dudes vs. Bin Laden by TomFulp

    Osama Bin Laden has been captured. Are you a bad enough dude to kick his ass?

    Score
    3.58 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,570,803 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Diplomacy
    Diplomacy by FunkNinja

    Can peace and love bring us all together? Be sure to watch the whole thing!

    Score
    3.79 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,979,891 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • E! Bin Laden
    E! Bin Laden by Stamper

    Will Stamper brings you the complex details of Osama Bin Laden's life!

    Score
    3.92 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    492,809 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • War On Terrorism
    War On Terrorism by Thorsten

    One of the best Osama/Terrorist games!

    Score
    3.58 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    9,341,487 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

There was one upside to the bad situation... Newgrounds did happen to get some press! FOX News featured Diplomacy on television, while CNN had me appear live to discuss games and movies resulting from September 11th and Osama Bin Laden. Maybe I'll get that video on-line one of these days. :)

September wasn't all doom and gloom. It also brought the premier of Beebo, which quickly became one of my favorite movies and series.

Razzo, having redefined the Portal with Blanco y Negro the previous year, returned with another thrilling black and white film, Kong!

We also received another favorite submission of mine, Karma Ghost! KG is one of those movies that will always be great, no matter how dated Flash may some day feel.

  • BEEBO Part 1
    BEEBO Part 1 by fabulous999

    Beebo is in big trouble for smoking!

    Score
    4.43 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    893,695 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Kong
    Kong by Raz

    Very cool cinematic effects by Razzo! Matrix meets Noir?

    Score
    4.12 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    987,259 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Karma Ghost
    Karma Ghost by billyblob

    Pete spreads negativity, and his collective bad Karma begins to plot against him.

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    484,869 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

October

I wouldn't have guessed that Broken Saints had started all the way back in 2001. Has it really been that long? Chapter 1 was the first of many episodes that would enter the Portal and would eventually lead to a Broken Saints DVD and a publishing deal with FOX.

"Field Guide to Snapping" is one of the hippest music videos on the site.

As Halloween approached, we were visited by some spooky-themed Flash. Among these was the introduction to the Joe Zombie series! Like the year before, we received a lot of great Halloween submissions, several with terrorism themes.

  • Broken Saints Chapter 1
    Broken Saints Chapter 1 by brokensaint69

    The introduction to the Broken Saints universe, INTROITUS introduces Shandala, Oran, Kamimura, and Raimi, and hints at how the f...

    Score
    4.06 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    635,208 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Field Guide to Snapping
    Field Guide to Snapping by Groovechamber

    When a young girl breaks out her turntable in the woods, all the animals have to get down!

    Score
    3.81 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    100,593 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Joe Zombie :: Episode 1
    Joe Zombie :: Episode 1 by Rob-D

    This follows the same plot as the original first episode, but with better effects and more action!

    Score
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,073,078 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • flash_34898_medium
    Halloween 2001 The Halloween following September 11th had a slight political twist!

November

Ben Spurgin finally submitted his response to the Xiao Xiao craze, with Stick Slayer squaring off against the famous sticks!

We were also accosted by Angry Bot, in the first episode of the We Are Robots series.

  • Stick Slayer vs Xiao Xiao
    Stick Slayer vs Xiao Xiao by Ben-Spurgin

    The Stick Slayer kills the Xiao Xiao stickmen, and then goes after the creator of Xiao Xiao!

    Score
    3.15 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    964,365 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • We Are Robots - Angrybot
    We Are Robots - Angrybot by TheFrown

    Angrybot is as angry as they come!

    Score
    4.03 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    157,754 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

December

"Excitebike - Trouble" continued the Newgrounds tradition of making violent spoofs from classic games and characters. It personifies the classic Newgrounds attitude, and I love it for that.

Finally, "Frosty, the Lost Footage" brought us some Newgrounds Christmas spirit.

  • Excite Bike - Trouble
    Excite Bike - Trouble by kittyslasher

    Run over everyone in your path! Kill them all!

    Score
    3.39 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    6,176,504 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • FROSTY, the lost footage
    FROSTY, the lost footage by Swenson

    Frosty's disturbing unseen film footage!

    Score
    3.78 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    134,033 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

There were plenty of other great Christmas submissions, as you will find here: