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This is the first file (Part A) 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


Flying-ToasterFlying-Toaster

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Love the series but...

For GOD'S SAKE change the voice actor for Throwback or atleast get him better audio equipment. His stupid pauses after every two words are irritating to no end!


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ViperMaskViperMask

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Awesome

Throwback is a fucking great series and it has just started! Keep making them and keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!



TheMoneyTheMoney

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

GREAT STUFF!

This is an amazing series, I loved Ep 0.
but again, the only complaint I have is Throwback's voice actor, it just doesn't work for me, it makes the main character of your series almost impossible to listen to when he speaks in broken sentences and the like.
seriously, a thing like this makes or breaks a series because after a while the audience is going to stop trying to understand.



BexarathBexarath

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Getting there...

As others have said, this is a series with great potential. I'd recommend better voice actors, however, or at least subtitles, as the dialogue is sometimes hard to understand. The story advancement is a bit on the slow side, but not so slow that one loses interest.



Smokey-ChipmunkSmokey-Chipmunk

Rated 4 / 5 stars

So.. much... potential.

You've probably heard it before, so I'm going to help drill the points home.

Gorgeous graphics and animation. Right up there with the best web 'toons around. You've got some creative animation shortcuts that really impressed me, not only can you keep things "fresh" by changing the "camera" angle, but you can save yourself having to animate a character's feet for several seconds. Tricky, clever, I love it.

Excellent use of music. Too many people neglect the audio portion of their animations. Background music (when properly chosen) can make or break a scene.

TERRIBLE voice acting and recordings. Learn what a compressor is and how it can help your vocal sound. No, it has nothing to do with audio bit rate, it compresses audio's dynamic range (if that means nothing to you, don't worry, you can still learn to use compressors effectively). Compressors can make your voices sound much less thin and can definitely help them cut through any background music/FX much clearer.

Voice acting: get inside your characters or get a new voice actor.

Not ripping on you, buddy. Again, you ooze potential and these are just some friendly, constructive tips to help you better your craft. Keep it up.


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