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Mar 4, 2005 | 8:22 PM EST
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Full title is "A Black And White Cartoon About Roof Tiling" Using a similar technique as I did in my Alan cartoon I have created my first Paper-Flash. A cartoon almost completely drawn on paper and animated in flash. I originally thought this would be about 20mb but surprisingly it's around 2.7mb.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

A wonderland of metaphor, repression and domestic

"Roof Tiling" may well be one of the most shockingly bleak demonstrations on the repressive lack of discourse (of the therapeautic kind) that pervades families that idolize the conventionality of america.
the sheer violence that gradually increases in the "protagonist" is an obvious reference to the futility of the push-the-feelings-til-they're-down method that sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers seem so fond of.

the time bomb syndrome is at the foreground of this brilliant and gorgeous "paper-flash"; the decision to keep it black and white is another choice in placing the atmosphere of slow emotional suicide and optionlessness (signified by the "protagonist"'s powerless place in a bland, drained culture).

the choice to have extremely placid ambient music soundtracking this man's downward spiral seems to be so that the superficial expections be filled; it reminds the spectator that though we may be hearing something peaceful, something that smiles, the turbulence underneathe may still well be thunderously destructive.

the scene in which he awkwardly and pathetically resign a cigarette to the underage lad is extremely telling of this man's consistent powerlessness and insecurity as an "adult".

though he clearly is seen as an adult by society at large, he internally is still the boy that could be bullied and harassed by anyone and everyone. he is made so useless by the uselessness of his own upbringing and so unaffirmed as a person in his own right that even local children can render him afraid and complacent.

david firth has been relentlessly extraordinary in his online work (salad fingers and toasterboy for example), raising the bar on online 'toons in every aspect, and still somehow even outdoing himself with this "paper-flash" that combines his trademark non-chalant graphic violence, hallucinogenic surrealism, purposefully messy "meanings" and a certain morbidity that alllures.

"roof tiling" is such an amazing work that it can very well stand alone as a short-movie very much along the lines of Bjork's "All is full of love" music video or Garbage's "The world is not enough" video.

i propose that david firth release a collection of his flash work ("roof tiling" certainly included) so that such visions be preserved and acknowledged.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

Why does it remind me of The Ring?

Very well done in a frightening way. The black and white edginess of it, along with the music, and the simplicity of the dialogue- you manage to portray a "Ring" - like anticipation to it, like there's something the whole cartoon is hiding... though I'm not sure what. either that or I'm over-analysing again.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Weird, good and

I gave this an extra point for sheer weirdness. Honest-to-goodness strangeness is a precious commodity. I enjoyed this, and I'm glad the jerk fell off his roof.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

and he still doesnt disapoints use

twisted as always man keep up the good work still not sure how the hell he got the gun but who cares he's dead and he doesnt have to worry bout the roof cant wait for the next cartoon i know it will be demented (not sure if thats spelt rite but who cares) and odd


Rated 5 / 5 stars


ok now this is honestly the best flash ive seen on newgrounds excellent job and i recognized those sounds from the game manhunt very nice touch