Hanged Man's Elegy

rated 4.38 / 5 stars
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Mar 28, 2006 | 12:57 PM EST
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Second half of the 19th century. The Poet struggles to live through his fiancée's unexpected death. He finds refuge in writing.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Amazingly Poe-etic

I don't know where you got the inspiration for this, but it definitely smacks of Edgar Allen Poe. A wonderful piece; it touches on the anguish of loss and loneliness. When someone is your world, you will do crazy things when they leave you too soon.

An excellent job done with the outdoors scenes, especially. The way people move in the winter is something people often fail to capture, but everything, from the stiffness of attempting to conserve energy, to the slide down the knoll was very well done. The choice of winter fits this flash very well, and intensifies the shock when the lady with the scarf rips open her coat.

Another thing I'd like to draw attention to is the fact that the imagery of the man hung is saved until the end. From title screen to the last scene, the viewer is left wondering about the hanging. Is it by his own hand? Does she hang him? Is he hung on the gallows as a criminal? That tension that was kept to the very end is such a sweet flavour to savour, and it is savoured for the whole piece.

You sir have done an excellent job with this, and I hope that Newgrounds sees a lot more like it. My only complaint is that the violence could have been more shocking. Somehow, I feel the scenes where he is smacked and the one where he is surrounded by the zombies are a little weak in the emotional punch area.

But really, this is fucking great.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very nice noir style animation!

I liked this animation alot, I really liked the noir style of the flash, but I still have a hard time working out the message hidden in it. It's a very well thought out flash though and the music in it is great :)
Nice job, I'd like to see more people like you who really take their work serious.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


nice job dude, this was qa very well made and thought out flash. i am glad to see that people like you make movies worth viewing on newgrounds, keep up the good work and keep with this good ideas


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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

so thats what been eating your time every night

Right after the first production screenshots i knew this was going to be something special and as always you didnt disappoint me. Very stylish way of animating and drawing out the environments. It kind of has the noir feeling that i found in aura and smile too, complete with a femme fatale. But it is still very different in the careful facial expressions and the subtle colour use.
I found this animation also alot more personal that the rest of your work so far, since it isnt focused on a destroying aura or the pressure of the mass but it centers around an individual and his perception of reality. Interesting subject, especially since its told from a writers perspective and not just from some random angry adult. Now it leaves the question for the viewer how much of the animation was 'real' and how much was the writers fantasy.
Personally, I didnt find the music perfect for the story. It certainly matched the moments, but the heavy hard rock kind of distracted from the insane climaxes. I think these would come out even stronger with no music at all (and only sound effects) or with very minimal scary music. But this is just a matter of directing. On all the technical aspects it was flawless.
Now get your ass in gear to animate the flash that you have been teasing us with for the past 2 (?) years. Its 1:40 am, the day is just starting.


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