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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.
---
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


MattyrockMattyrock

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Finally!

The newly great game-orientated series is BACK!!!!



teddybear-hairteddybear-hair

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

this was great.

i loved this. i kinda didnt like throwback's voice, but thats just me. my main cosern was that i nearly closed the window when the opening credits came on cos i thought that they were the closing credits! gonna lose alot of veiwers like that, i think. but those who stay and wack it all wont regret it. now to watch part B...



EmilijusEmilijus

Rated 5 / 5 stars

wow

wow this wwas one of the best flashes i ever seen.
a professional work.
paintings and animation was realy good.
btw i liked that part when the duck kicked dog in water , lol 5/5



RSQViperRSQViper

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Yowza

This movie could be great because of the graphics alone. The artist is absolutely awesome without question and the animation was smooth. There was quite a bit of not using legs to walk and limited FBF, but thta is totally understandable with limited animators and with graphics this beautiful.

But... the writing is not very good. The setting is a cool idea, but flat jokes and bad acting just killed the whole thing for me. I'd love to see someone else pick up the pen and write this. It would easily be #1 on NG, I feel with a good and funny writer.

Best of luck on future episodes. I honestly wish this one was better. (And get a new Throwback actor, he's terrible)


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squeakytoadsqueakytoad

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

I've never seen such talent utterly wasted.

The art was excellent. There's no doubt about that.
The animation, though, is minimal. Understandable if you want to produce a show often enough. But for almost eight months of work, you don't really have all that much to show. You continually pan still scenes with no movement, or repeat various loops for several minutes at a time. It really wears on the viewer.

The sound quality was absolutely awful. I seriously suggest getting better mics.

Then we come to the acting. I'm really surprised that with this quality work, you couldn't find better voices. This is one of those cases where EVERYONE was awful. It sounded as if everyone was reading a script for the first time, and struggling over even the simplest words.
I know you've stated that you particularly chose the actor for Throwback, but I suggest you particularly dump him before creating more episodes.
He doesn't sound "duck-like" as you stated. He just sounds awful. You can barely make out what he's saying. I reckon he needs a good two years in speech therapy.
And even when I could understand him, I ground my teeth. His acting is atrocious.

Now we come to the writing. Poor. Not a single laugh the whole time.

Basically, I'm incredibly disappointed, especially since the intro episode had soooo much potential. Potential you've thrown out the window.

My constructive criticism: Larsen should seriously forget Gornoski and go back to creating the brilliant pieces he made before this.
Goroski can neither write nor direct. He's sadly lacking in talent.
However, I've seen Larsen's previous works, and loved them. He's a brilliant artist, animator, and has a good share of humor himself.

-st


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