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Nov 5, 2007 | 10:42 AM EST
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It's a huge honour to have won the first NG Tank Award.
To be honest, Brackenwood wouldn't be what it is today without the generosity of Newgrounds and the supportive community here.
Thanks everyone for the years of support :D


Waterlollies: Bitey's short-sighted arrogance lands him in a world of hurt.

If you have a slow computer, you will probably experience severe frame-dropping throughout some actionscripted particle scenes. Flash Player 9 required, fast computer and Safari browser (the best for viewing Flash movies) strongly recommended

- - update:
- - if you're having trouble viewing it at 25fps, Waterlollies is now on YouTube. Check my channel:
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- - don't forget to come back here and review/rate :)

edit: thanks for the Portal Awards and front page, and thanks everyone for the amazing score and all the great reviews!

For hardcore Brackenwood fans this will be nothing too new, apart from one or two new creatures. Anyone new to Brackenwood will find this is the most complete Brackenwood story so far. Still I have lots of work to do on my story skills so future Brackenwood movies will have greater depth.

Thanks to Newgrounds, this movie was scored professionally by Nathan McCree. He's the guy that did the music on the Tomb Raider games (!) so I'm grateful that he agreed to work on this with me. Thanks to him and Tom Fulp, this movie sounds amazing.

Thanks also to Michael Welsh for ironing out some actionscript bugs for me at the last minute!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Yeah, here it is...

I was one of the first ones to watch this here on newgrounds when it was fresh out of judgement with a fantastic score of 4.78 or something. Why I didn't review - I was dubious. I wasn't sure how I feel about it. Now I think I'm more clear.
Let's start with expectations: Probably at least 90% of the visitors on this site know what Brackenwood is and a lot of people knew that it's coming and were waiting patiently for it to come. This puts you under a lot of pressure and you dealt with it in a good manner. Graphics are incredible, as always, but that is expected when you release a cartoon. I was curious to find out what the hell waterlollies are, and you met the expectations there also - clever idea.
There are a lot of things that bug me about this movie though.
The first thing - style. For me this is not a Flash movie. This is something to be shown on TV. My concept about web flash animation is that it's something underground, something that you cannot see on TV, that's why I visit sites like newgrounds - to watch cartoons that are impossible to be seen on TV. You released a cartoon that is so graphically intense that makes me lucky that I have a relatively new machine to watch it on. But what about the majority of people - yeah, they can probably watch it on low quality without too much lag, but watching Waterlollies on low in just plain WRONG. Because it's strength is in the graphics.
The fact that you chose Flash for your development as an artist is like a heavyweight boxer who goes into the lightweight category to kick some ass. It is simply not your field.
But lets concentrate on the movie - I think strong story, but again - it ended suddenly, and I asume the reason is only one - Flash capacity. The way the action was flowing suggested another 4 or 5 minutes for resolving the story. But then the file would be 20 megs - completely unsuitable for viewing in Flash format. So you had to cut it short and it's just... not working that great.
And looking at Brackenwood in general - you've created something that hits every possible target audience - from 4 to 100 years old and every social audience at the same time - and it leaves me wondering: are you having fun telling your stories or you desperately try to become popular (which you already are).
I fear that all this may look negative and this is not my intention. I admire your creativity and talent. But thats not all. This is not all it takes. You are also devoted to what you are doing and only an animator can realize all the hard work you have put in order to complete such project.
I'll confess - I've studied many of your movies stopping them frame by frame and I've learned a lot from you. It sucks that you cannot open this file offline :)))
I just felt like telling you all that.
I wish you luck with all your future projects, Adam.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


I haven't actually seen this movie as I only really play game and am not a big fan if watching movies on the computer, flash or not, but i would just like to say congratulations on getting the award...and well,,,yeh thats all i got

P.S. I given yu a high score so that it duzn't bring yor average down =)


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Amazing..but it needs a creativity in...

Good Points: Amazing Graphics (one of the best ive seen), it had a huge diversity of well drawn and animated characters 2/2
The Music accompanied the movie. 2/2
It gave me the sense of serenity and nature, and was briefly funny 2/2

Mistakes: It lacked a good story line, i had difficulty identifying the conflict, maybe it should be more interesting and clearer. Maybe create a fight scene or a thrilling scene with a beast. 1/2
It was slightly boring, the energy level of this movie wasn't really high, it was high and the beggining and the end, but when there was no action, the scene really died down. Try focusing on creating one major action scene, perhaps a fight scene or an area to create a major conflict.1/2

Overall it was great work, definitely worth my time. 8/10, 4/5


Rated 4 / 5 stars


I'm really like how you put so much focus to detail in the enviroment and characters, but in general I thought the storytelling could have used some more work. Overall, it was a pretty good movie, so keep up the good work.

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chluaid responds:

thanks for the review. Agreed in full with the storytelling critique :)


Rated 4 / 5 stars

this has the most plot out of all the bitey movies

I'm a little surprised on how long this movie this is. your other movies are so much shorter.

theres a whole lot more going than i would expected so you do show some signs of vast improvement from your previous work in aspects such as plot, drawings and animation.

you have also made an improvements on making sure your movie plays how it's supposed to on as many computers as possible.

it ran smoothly on my computer for the most part and i'm getting low on ram while there was choppiness in some parts. you can't be blamed for that since it was my machines fault.

and as i recall this is your longest movie yet and also most graphic intensive. you should maybe offer a tutorial on optimization just because this movie is actually more than worth the 12 megs of movie.

I've long outgrown being a graphic whore and i've judge your latest movie all on criteria what i consider makes up a good flash.

you've become a better entertainer and this what always comes first. I find your past works focused on graphics and design more.

and even if you nearly killed yourself making this movie i somehow get the sense that you were having fun as your making it.

Thats something you rarely see in any overly ambitious projects at all since you basically force yourself to work too hard for a finished project that few people will appreciate beyond it's nice looking drawings.

none of this felt forced to me at all and i will admit that I'm jealous of your skills like so many of the artists.

keep up the good work but your movie is still somewhat lacking in storyline but at least your making improvements.


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chluaid responds:

Great review! Agreed on the points of story. Thanks :D