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This is the second file (Part B) of Throwback the Duck Episode 1 on NewGrounds.com.

Thank you all for your enthusiastic support of the Throwback the Duck animated adventure series. The feedback for Episode 0 A 'Back Story was very strong and encouraging. We are deeply grateful for that.

Throwback the Duck Episode 1 picks up exactly where Episode 0 left off. As a newly hired journalist for NintendoNow, Throwback stumbles onto a dream job of classic gaming journalism. Expect an intimate look into the whimsical world that is the mind of Throwback the Duck. Despite his cheesy lines and disjointed interaction with those around him, Throwback's oddball charm has a way of dazzling many of the friends he encounters...except for a cynical little office helper.

Then there's the all important gaming factor. A familiar classic gaming face makes a cameo in this episode. I'm curious to know how many of you recognize or remember this character. His story foreshadows many of the themes explored in the cartoon series.

Production notes: Due to flash file size constraints, we were forced to split Episode 1 into two files. Hence we have Part A and B of Episode 1. Please watch the show in that order to fully enjoy it.

Also, you'll notice a subtle transition in art styles during the episode. Arthur uses a style know as "straight vs. curve" near the end. This is an evolving work, folks.

And with that said, please enjoy the show. Again, we look forward to your continued support of the series. Four more exciting episodes await you before Season 1 draws to an end.
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David Gornoski
Throwback the Duck Director

Wanna interview Throwback? Or do you simply have a question or comment? Feel free to email us at throwback@e-mpire.com.

Reviews


MelodiousOrpheusMelodiousOrpheus

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Extremely well Produced but...

So from your responses to other authors I've garnered that this is "tounge-in-cheek" humour and mimicking the crappy quality of 80's and 90s saturday morning toons.

1st off this is an extremely ambitious proect that took alot of work. It definately shows and the final product is excecuted flawlessly. I can't give you a legitimate critique on your animation style because of the high quality you managed to maintain through two episodes.

I'll have to admit that the only flaw with this animation series is the scripting. Often times this just isn't funny. I understand that you are going for a comedy movie, and not just any comedy movie, but a "tounge-in-cheek" comedy movie of the style of scream. Well to be honest scream wasn't a comedy movie of the highest caliber. Better "tounge-in-cheek" examples would be the OLD pink panthers with Peter Sellers.Relating you animation to the Pink Panther is more apt due to the overlapping themes of detectives/journalists.

Yes, I understand you aren't trying to fit in a joke a second and make this a laugh fest but a serious more slow paced comedy does need its jokes to be funny when they appear. There is almost no build up to the jokes, no clear punch line, and they often go WAY to long (like the asian person depiction) It's also alright to be random to be funny. But again your not hitting my funny bone and it seems that your not hitting alot of other peoples funny bones.

This seems to be a theme. I'm not sure I can outright tell you how to be funny in a mere review but when a large number of people say, wow this is well done but not funny, and getting drawn out too long, perhaps you need to modify some things. I'm not even telling you to sell yourself short to the modern viewers' "short attention span" and make slapstick humour. If the comedic tensions is there, the viewer WILL pay attention and not get bored. With such good animating quality its a shame that the script is really pulling this flash down. It should be one of the best things on this site.


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just-willjust-will

Rated 5 / 5 stars

omg

great story! great sond! great grafics!! and its a seires!!!! THANK YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUU



NaisterNaister

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The first one was better.

Right after watching the first one I decided to watch this one. The great graphics and smooth animation caught my eye, as it is mildy rare to have someone do such a good job.

Almost immediately after starting the movie, I regretted my desicion. The appaling racism and stereotyping was applied in the first scene, which went on for much longer than needed, and the scene should have been thrown away.

Good job on the asian stereotype, you hit it head on! Let's reinforce stereotypes!

I was sad to see such a great movie tarnished by a completely pointless act of racism.

0/5



Azure30Azure30

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I like where this is going

Throwback never got his chance to be a real nintendo mascot (stupid Kirby!) but in his new job it looks like he's doing a lot more than just being a journalist. It seems you're taking him on his own adventures as he wanted. Am I close? Keep it up, can't wait for episode 2.


David-Gornoski responds:

:)


OthelloOthello

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Slow

I really wanted to like this one. The concept is pretty good, the music is good, the art is top notch. There are a lot of major problems though, not the least of which is the writing. The whole thing is very slow, the dialog doesn't feel natural, much of the voice acting is bad, and there's an absurd amount of filler.

You need to pick up the pace. We don't need a robot bird giving a 30 minute speech, if you must have the character trim his part down and use a faster (and intelligible) voice. We don't need such a completely uneventful traveling scene. The people reading the lines really should practice them much more (Bubsy and the woman were pretty well done), so the delivery is snappier and doesn't feel so strained. If this is supposed to be a comedy (I really can't tell), your writer needs better material.

You have something with potential on your hands, and with some (admittedly large) improvements we could see something genuinely masterful.


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David-Gornoski responds:

From the beginning, I've said that this is an adventure series. You are watching a journalist on the trail of mascots. It's tongue-in-cheek adventure. Think of Scream. That was tongue-in-cheek thriller. Most people dont realize it was a great comedy, because they think comedy must make you laugh nonstop.

But that's not the goal with that movie. And it's not the goal with my series. Im telling a story...which also happens to poke fun at saturday morning toons of the 80's. That includes cheesy dialog and what appears to be "bad acting." It's part of the package, my friend.