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Sep 19, 2007 | 12:21 AM EDT
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The Composer is an animation following the life cycle of a young boy to adulthood, who uses the purity of music to heal wounds, and inspire the hearts of others.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this, it has taken a lot of work.
Thanks Tom Fulp for your fantastic support, and Francine Louise for your voice talent



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


Good animation, good music. story was okay.. It was lacking something. It was a bit whiny to me.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I can tell why people love it

To start with the positive, i really liked the way you drew and animated the flash. It is a step up compared to paladin and your style starts to feel look pretty professional. The way the strokes were drawn and the good tweening even reminded me of Xombie and that is a big compliment. A few parts were still a bit awkward though, with the arguing silhouettes of the parents looking more like stick figures rather than real proportionate people, or the tiny cars next to the sidewalk.

Since so many people love this flash for it's serious message and content, i thought i'd write a review for it from a slightly other perspective. To be honest, i didn't think it was that special or profound, especially since there are a huge number of cliche scenes and shallow characters that ask a bit too explicit for the viewer's pity. Arguing parents, loner boy with talent, Rise/Fall and a simple moral is not something we haven't seen a lot before. The thing that annoyed me the most though is how there is never really any development and how each scene just passes to reveal the disney ending.

Like the 9/11 flash 'i miss you daddy' that everyone loves, it is a bit too melodramatic and in your face. In my experience, younger people are easily affected by this type of imagery, while adults like to form their own judgement about what's happening and who deserves pity and who doesn't. A good dramatic short contains characters that have weaknesses as well as strengths and that don't drown in self pity, but gradually conquer the viewers hearts while the movie passes. A good recent example is the brilliant movie Babel, with awesome deep characters that we can both love and hate at the same time.

Like i said, this is my take on the flash and the drama genre in general. It is by no means more true or false than the ones of the people who love it, but perhaps you can experiment/do something with it in one of your future films.


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Jazza responds:

thanx. BUUUT it is very difficult to do so within the average time frame of a flash animation made for the internet (4-6 mins) and i didnt make this animation to please people, i made it to vent things that were going on in my life, and express how i feel on certain issues.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


i like the part when the guy died


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Pretty good.

Nice animation and sound. At times it was a little cheesy and sappy but in ended in a good way.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


I guess that I can understand the 10s from practically everyone if taken into context as a comparison to most of the other flashes on Newgrounds.

But really... this piece just didn't do it for me. I agree with a few of the other reviewers here that there's an awful lot of cliche here. I love emotion as much as the next guy, but emotion needs something *behind it* to make the emotion meaningful. While I can certainly see how the divorce could be both a nightmare and an inspiration, the rest of the emotion in this Flash is overwrought and seems forced.

To put it simply, there's too much crying throughout to make any sense.

And I agree with a couple of reviewers that the shot at metal was uncalled for. Music can communicate emotion in a more pure way than practically any other art, but no form of music is 'better' than any other. I've heard *highly* emotional and incredibly great metal, some better than the score of this Flash. It's not all some singer yelling incomprehensible lyrics into a microphone (in fact, I usually hate that kind of metal).

The music was great. The animation was obviously great. The technical quality was above average. But the story, central to a short film like this, fell flat for me (no pun intended).

I'm sure this review will be modded down like the other negative ones, but I just can't justify a 10 here.

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