Mad World Collab

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Dec 5, 2005 | 10:31 PM EST
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July 13, 2012
I just went through and added a number of contributors to the list so they get headlines. Of course, they have to actually accept the invitation first.

There were some whose user name has either changed or been deleted (didn't show up no matter what I tried), so if any of the people who contributed don't get an invite, pm me and I'll see what i can do.

July 19, 2010
Uploaded an official video of this collab to YouTube.
You can find it here: tch?v=I2vgT2ZNd0Y

WOO! Daily, Weekly and Front Page! Sweet!
Sometime in July -- I believe -- -KJDunwoody- started a BBS post seeking authors to make parts for a collab based on Gary Jules' "Mad World". Yes we know the song was originally done by Tears for Fears, but we used Gary Jules version because that's what KJ picked.

Several people responded, and the response was mixed -- people were either excited to be involved for love of the movie Donnie Darko, or felt obligated to flame the collab because the author didn't have a 3.00+ BA.

In late August I came onboard with this collab -- a full month into production. -KJDunwoody- had gotten it started, but was floundering a bit -- some authors were flaking out and others were turning out abject rejects. Needless to say several artists from NG leaped in and saved what was looking to be a very interesting project. I contributed quite a lot of time to this project -- far more than I had expected -- and I'm happy to say it's finally done.

There are 25 people that should be mentioned here, they are as follows (in order of appearance in the collab):

Helbereth (I hate repeating my name here...)
Andie Ciambotti
KJDunwoody (The original creator)

There are also several people who I should mention. Numerous people submitted clips for the collab, but were either rejected or beaten out by other parts -- or just came in too late. To all those people, I apologize for lacking the KB to make an outtakes section.

Special thanks go to BlackMarketKraig, FoXcatO, ReNaeNae, Joem and Threetrees -- the early versions of your clips are what hooked me on this collab in the first place.

Well if you're still reading (I doubt it), enjoy the collab! Check the authors section for some author details and URL links to various author-supported sites.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Going noplace

This was one of my favorite songs that I heard on the Internet, and I have never seen the movie "Donnie Darko". It is too bad not everyone was credited on the side of the screen, but at least they were mentioned in the author's comments. This is a fantastic song because it is dark, but also philosophical. What makes this even cooler is that the guys who worked on this are not even that well known here. What better way to give newcomers a chance than with this? There are so many different styles going on, it is difficult to even think of a single one right now.

Helbereth responds:

You would do well to remember that the song "Mad World" featured herein is actually a cover done by Gary Jules of an original Tears for Fears song. I'd never seen Donnie Darko prior to working on this either, nor had I heard either version of the song. I have seen Donnie Darko since, and I've listened to several versions of the song - I even have a version of this collab using a totally different version sitting in my hard-drive that I had to completely adjust to the differing tempo.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


I feel pretty comfy, [Reason unstated]


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Good job guys

Overall, I enjoyed this piece. The song holds true to many, and the artists' collaboration to it was a wonderful idea and a wonderful job. The only gripe I have is that some of the artists' styles (especially the brighter-colored cartoony ones) didn't exactly fit right with the music, but that can't be helped.

Helbereth responds:

The bright colors part has been the trip-cord for a lot of reviews, but I happen to like them. I think without the color interspersed, this would be an oppressively depressing video to watch. Also, it's not like the happy-colored ones miss the point of the song - they just see it through a different palette.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

i have to agree

sadly, i felt kind of disappointed with this animation, most authors failed to capture the right emotion i thought would be there, twas ok


Rated 2 / 5 stars


I absolutely love this song and as such I am quite critical of this flash, some of It was really good but some of the images by certain people were really poor. About a third was good, the rest sucked.

Helbereth responds:

Well before I went and wrote this reply I decided to check your submissions on a hunch. Lo and behold there weren't any. I was shocked. Really, I was.

This is my shocked face.

Song fanboys don't impress me. You don't impress me. Come back when you've done something worthy of a peer review.