A family of retards on a collision course with slapstick wackiness!
We don't actually act like this but it's funny to watch.
Mythological creatures share a New Jersey apartment together. Hilarity ensues.
We were rapidly improving our hosting, but had plenty of bumps and bruises, especially for the first few months of 2004. The year kicked off with some fun submissions!
Crimson Warfare was the latest and greatest RTS game, but Punk-O-Matic had real staying power thanks to the lasting appeal of song construction and sharing.
Weebl mastered the art of the loveable Flash jingle, following last year's "Badger" with the adorable "Kenya."
Wonchop made his Newgrounds debut with "Eels on Wheels."
Dan Paladin (aka Synj) teamed up with Gel to make "cantankerousTANK"!
War strategy game where you get to build and send out from soldiers and tanks to missles and mass bombing!
A little flash game to compose punk music and watch a little punk band play it!
Destroy everything that's red! One of the most destructive games you'll ever play.
Artists include Luis, Manuel Fallmann, Tim Frommeyer and ZeroTolerence.
Luis spearheaded the first of many time trials, a very significant moment in the history of artist collaborations on Newgrounds.
"Ultimate Flash Sonic" possibly reached the modern pinnacle in Flash game design, proving that Flash could indeed make games that play as well as classic arcade and console games. Clubby the Seal also showed that Seal Clubbing themes are alive and well.
Marc M submitted "Knock Knock", which I discovered a month later while I was in San Diego. Dan Paladin (Alien Hominid artist) got such a kick out of it that I mentioned it in a front page post. Marc M is one of those authors who doesn't seem to be appreciated by the mainstream users, but when you meet a Marc M fan you know they're cool. Or maybe just as f'ed up as you are.
A lot of the events of this month were overshadowed by Nipplegate. As Wade had reported, Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl. Luckily, The Walrus was on the scene to make the "Tit-Tazzler Infomercial" in response.
One of the best video game remakes ever in Flash! Go kick Eggman's butt!
Bad video-games have become the ultimate foe! the out-takes are intense!
The bar was forever raised when Adam Phillips submitted his spellbinding masterpiece, "Bitey of Brackenwood." A former Disney animator, Adam had specialized in animating water, as is evident in his submissions.
The "Decline" series kicked off amongst Matrix fever, with "The Matrix Has You" and "Super Mario Reloaded" both bending themes from the trilogy.
On a more personal note, we saw some great Pico fan-films this month. Films like these would eventually lead to an official "Pico Day" in 2006!
A masterful collaboration produced by the great Legendary Frog!
A tribute to Newgrounds' Pico, and all those classic zombie movies we know and love.
One of the best quality FF spoofs we've seen, by a student studying Japanese!
"There She Is!!!" is one of those movies that attracts a lot of new people to Newgrounds - only to have them get disgusted by the rest of the content on the site. Hey, when we say "Everything by Everyone", we don't necessarily mean "Everything FOR Everyone!"
"Final Fantasy A+" started as a school project and turned into a Portal sensation, snagging tons of awards and praise for John Su.
"Rokemon" raised the bar for sprite movies everywhere.
As part of our effort to beef up NG Mag, I sat down for an interview with IllWillPress, to discuss his insanely popular Neurotically Yours series and the growing controversy surrounding it, noteably F-Day.
We had some great bizarre entries this month. "Banana Phone" become a common phrase in the NG lexicon, thanks to Dave Teatro and LazyWill's creative use of a stupid kids' song. Smile also made a lasting impression, with it's dark statement on comformity.
There was some sad news this month - Zach Finley, aka CerealboxClock, died in a car accident.
LegendaryFrog brightened the mood with another big hit, this time targetting Final Fantasy.
This movie is just one example as to why Legendary Frog is so legendary.
Run, jump, punch, shoot and transform your way through this tough urban environment!
MindChamber teamed up with PsychoGoldfish to bring his original character to life in "ALLOY: ARENA."
Although it wasn't his first submission, I officially "discovered" El-Cid this month when he submitted "Metal Gear Fiesta." El-Cid has gone on to become one of my favorite artists on the site.
This was also the month of my infamous "Copycat Rant", where I let loose on all the websites that bite off Newgrounds. As soon as the internet economy came back, every fair-weather enthusiast (aka people who never touched Flash, but would make a website about paperclips if paperclips were hot at the moment) wanted to have a site like NG, because copying NG was a lot easier than building it from scratch.
The disturbing trend of dying Flash authors also continued this month, with the compelling Livecorpse suicide.
"Salad Fingers" was submitted to the Portal, only to somehow slip off the charts with no awards and no recognition. Luckly, LilJim stumbled across it and we stuck it on the front page.
The same thing happened with Burnt Face Man, also by Firth and also without awards. I'm sure Salad Fingers and BFM would have still become huge regardless, but to this day it makes me wonder what great submissions might fly under the radar. Today, Salad Fingers and BFM are two of the best series on the site (if you like that sort of thing) and David Firth is a living legend, IMHO.
This month also introduced us to Claveman, a five part story that would become a favorite to many.
Squigo submitted "UGLY", which is one of my favorites.
The Toonimated crew (although they weren't called Toonimated yet) released "FF: Mixed in Balamb", following the success of "Super Mario Reloaded" just a few months earlier.
Weebl continued to assert dominance with "Magical Trevor" and NegativeOne got on the "top programmers" radar with "Lone Faction."
Main characters of Final Fantasy VII, VIII and X, taking classes with Quistis.
Bitey goes to the River for a drink.. but the place is occupied by Prowlies.
These enemies are so full of themselves, they completely forget to fight Megaman!
The original King of Flash cartoons, Joe Cartoon himself, submitted his latest work! Joe made classics such as "Hamster in a Microwave" and "Frog in a Blender."
Adam Phillips continued to raise the bar with his latest, "Prowlies at the River."
"Megaman & Pompous Robots" showed sprite movies a thing or two about how to spoof a classic video game, while "Azumanga Druglord" let players take on the role of a mob boss.
Tyler Gibb submitted chapter two of Minushi but it was new to us because he didn't submit chapter one.
My month was made complete with "Mr. Happy Face", which re-invigorated my faith that Newgrounds is still the place to go for a violent fix.
Trixi and Khal set off on their journey, with the military curfew patrol around every corner and a man in black following close ...
Some of the hottest action you'll ever see. Amazing cinematic quality!
We launched a new Portal layout this month!
"Fallen Angel: TEASER" has proven to be just that... The biggest tease on NG! While the official first episode is still in development, I hope it isn't another Pico 2. :)
Sakupen submitted "Walk-Smash-Walk", a great video that wouldn't be noticed until October, when Sakupen submits an even bigger hit.
To commemorate the three-year anniversary of September 11th, Phill Collins (no, not that Phil Collins) submitted "I miss you Daddy."
MindChamber showed fans why he got picked years earlier to draw the new Pico, in "Pico's Unloaded."
Brutalize cops and others who are out to stop you in this excellent brawler. One of the finest!
Sakupen, who had been overlooked the month earlier, made a big splash with "Dad's Home!" This is another one of those timeless submissions that is always fun to watch.
"Thugjacker Half" flexed some muscle, with classic brawler action and killer special moves. Meanwhile, The Takamori Legend brought back fond memories of "The Final Task," both which prompted me to eventually make a Ninjas and Samurai collection.
This was probably the most disturbing year in Newgrounds history... After two contributors had already died, we received a submission by Jeff Weise, aka Regret. Completely overlooked at the time, the submission would later draw attention when Jeff went on a shooting spree and killed himself. His Newgrounds activity was first reported by The Smoking Gun.
Some people may consider "Target Practice" a warning sign. I consider it more of a fluke. Many teenage boys enjoy making violent cartoons and any attempt to persecute them for that sort of thing would create more problems than it would solve. So while this movie was a creepy foreshadowing, there's no need to get all alarmist over it.
Jeff Weise's Flash movie. It got some attention after he pretty much did what was in the movie.
Opie and Anthony give away a 100 Grand to a caller who learns his prize is not what he expected!
"There's Something About Halo" proved there's power in numbers when it comes to making video game spoofs. Multiple artists came together to share their individual Halo spoofs and the crowd went wild.
Tom Winkler, of Doodie.com fame, stepped away from scatalogical humor for a moment (not that there's anything wrong with that) to submit "Whack Your Boss", much to the delight of office grunts everywhere.
We held a contest for artists to make movies based on Opie and Anthony. The winning submission was "100 Grand Remix", by Jeff Bandelin, aka JohnnyUtah. A year later, we hired Jeff as a full time member of the Newgrounds team! He redesigned the old tank logo and turned it into what you see now!
Like Salad Fingers before it, Numa Numa was another submission that had slipped under the radar at first. Some people might say it was a mistake to front page it, but I think Gary was destined for fame no matter what we did. If you aren't familiar with the Numa Numa craze, you apparently haven't been on the Internet very long. Learn more about it here. And yes, it premiered right here on Newgrounds.
Of course, who can forget Stamper's classic ode to family, "Rebecca"?
Hyperboy introduced us to the 15 year old Gene Goldstein, and reminded everyone to never underestimate younger artists.
Vinnie Veritas brought a lot of attention to CCC City with the release of "Hoy Te Amo." As every year before it, we wrapped things up with a Christmas collection, once again bigger than the last.
Having made its internet debut right here on Newgrounds, this is the movie that started the craze!