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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 stars


There was obviously a lot of effort put into the animation, and music, but was there as much effort put into the story (and voice acting for that matter)? I'll start off with the voice acting: it was extremely unconvincing, and laughable. The voices also happened to take me away from the music, so you probably would have been better off without them. On another note (pun intended?), why is he playing piano while his parents are fighting?

Then his dad leaves, and, "The Composer," decides to roll, oh wait, DRAG his piano onto the side walk so he can... play piano outside. Why? While he's playing a bum happens to stroll along - by the way, what kind of place does this guy live in where hobos are just strolling along the sidewalk? So the guy gives him some cash, but before that, the Composer closes his eyes, clench his teeth, and starts whimpering. Am I supposed to be moved by now? Then, my favorite part, the bum looks up with a smile, a tear in his eye, and the Composer plays a nice little chord - classic. Then I guess the Composer says to himself, "Well shit, if I can impress some random hobo on the street I must be amazing," and drags his piano all the way to the city to play for all the people who couldn't care less. It's at this point, some guy talking on a cell phone rolls open this paper saying, "The Composer," which of course implies that he is instantly famous. Then some more instruments are brought into the mix, and the Composer's job is now limited to holding one hand on a music stand, and waving his arm around on the beat. Oh, and why are everyone's eyes closed? Shouldn't they be reading the music?

Only now, after God knows how many years, people start to realize that this, "composer," has been playing the same song the whole time! And then the song finishes, so he decides to walk home. The part where he passes the heavy metal show seemed a little unnecessary to me, keep in mind I'm not just saying that because I'm trying to defend that genre of music, which I'm not. So the composer arrives home, and discovers that his house has been abandoned. He turns and notices a sad boy playing his guitar. He gives him some money, starts crying, nice face by the way, and sits down next to him.

In the end, I think what basically ruined the flash was that you tried to hard, and it shows. The fact that the story is so stupid helped kill it for me as well.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Its ok.

The animation was done well, but the music wasn't as interestig as it should have been. I like how you made the father sound like a fag, no surprise the kid ended up so whacked. When he grew up, I found him to be a loser. Playing music on a piano all day... and then he doesn't even have a wife?
When he came to the kid playing on the sidewalk, he should've tried to help the kid out instead of just letting him live in his messed up family. Why have another kid live like him, when he was a failure?


Rated 3 / 5 stars


i think the guy would be a lot better... becouse he was still playing the same song after a lot of years, and im playing piano too and even im alot better then that guy, while im just playing piano for a month, but the story around the piano playings was good, and good drawings, so ill give you a 3/5

Jazza responds:

well he obviously just didnt play ONE song his whole life, but that was a song i wrote to encapture and summarise his life. plus i know im not the greatest pianist, i only got lessons for a year, and i can't even read music! lol


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Overrated, but good

I'm really getting tired of people assuming that all music that isn't old isn't good. I appreciate everything from Bach, to Elvis, to The Rolling Stones, to Aerosmith, to Stone Temple Pilots (and so on)..., but this flash seems to suggest that only the old is good. It's an argument I've heard far too many times. In a dozen years people will be making flash movies (probably not flash, but some other format) about how great Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace and Alexisonfire were (some of the best contemporary bands). The animation is better than average, but the story is just as trite and idocitic as any episode of "I Love New York" or "Tila Tequila." The flash tries to be complex, but is only clich├ęd and inane. Overall... Better than many flash movies on the site, but it should be far from the top movies on NG. If you vote 5/5, you are very likely just trying to prove to others that you are sophisticated.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

a bit of a nag

This flash is good.....ish.I really like the art style,but i personally see these sad stories as pointless.All they do is make you feel emotional about a fictional event.I would rather buy a list with bullet points about good things in life.Who wants to feel sad when they can just watch a video with happier things?Please dont rate this review as useless just because i criticised your favourite movie.Ive plenty more things to nag about.