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Nice, but somewhat unoriginal and pretty traced.
"Symphony" was a creation of mine submitted on my other account (which I don't use for reviewing).
I've been contemplating it for a while, and decided I'd leave a review with my thoughts.
As several people pointed out in their reviews, you basically just did the exact same thing as "Symphony", but with Newgrounds characters and without the meaningful message.
However, you did state in your description that you were inspired by "Symphony" and recognized that the concept was exactly the same in your responses to several reviews.
However, in the credits of the actual movie, you state that the concept is your own.
Anyway, allow me to address the content of the actual movie.
The first thing I noticed was the music. Nice selection.
The second thing I noticed was the transitioning. With pieces like this, proper transitions are vital. These seem somewhat hasty and rushed. But you tried, and you put effort into it, so points for that.
Something I then noticed that greatly disappointed me was your tracing. Ouch. Man, try to avoid tracing. Especially tracing another animator's artwork. It won't win you any points. And if people realized it, they'd tear you apart in their reviews. Save yourself the agony in the future. Avoid tracing.
Of course, at least you were man enough to admit it. There are so many animators, like James Farr for instance, who trace popular movie characters for their MAIN CHARACTERS and don't admit it until everyone drags it out of them by producing undeniable proof it was tracing.
I was also disappointed by the inclusion of some very unartistic and lousy characters infamous for destroying the great things about Newgrounds. When making an animation summing up the great parts of Newgrounds, you might want to only include the great characters of great animators.
Many of the characters seemed as if they were thrown in there simply to gain you a higher score.
It's also vastly overrated, but you acknowledge this. Not to mention, the score isn't entirely your fault. Now, if you had manipulated it by stating all these ridiculous facts to try to make people feel you had it harder than everyone else and therefore give you a higher score (Like the kid who made "Spider-Powers for Xmas"), then it would've been lousy.
But you didn't. You even admitted it was overrated and were pretty humble about it.
Also, as Luis pointed out, the text/font usage was poor.
You also didn't try enough motion with the characters. Nothing seemed to move. Most things just sat there. With "Symphony", I tried to keep everything alive and moving. The only time where it wasn't like that was with the Renegade/Rupee/Kidney Bean transition. And even then, I tried to keep globes rotating, shadows flickering, etc.
Next time you try something like this, try some more actual animation.
Now for some more positive notes.
As I said, I liked the music. Nice selection.
I also liked some of your transitions. While many were very simply (at times it just seemed like a morphing slide show), some were well executed.
I also enjoyed your effects. If you genuinely entirely made those explosion smoke effects and the sparks at the end, good job. They were quite lovely.
You did a nice job in your presentation.
It's also a nice idea to make an end of the year animation like that. Maybe other people might try some different spins on the idea with different concepts.
If you were indeed genuinely inspired by my work, that's awesome. Neat and somewhat flattering to see people enjoy something I made enough to try their own.
Anyway, keep animating. If you want to talk further just jump on over to my Clock NG page or this account's NG page.
Wow, I really hoped to be reviewed by ToadClock (well now, squeakytoad.) <3
In the credits, when I wrote "concept", I meant that the idea to have a presentation and compilation of all Newgrounds was my own. The presentation style, however, was completely inspired by your masterpiece.
What must be kept in mind here, is that I'm pretty much still a begginer at animation. This is my third submission and I honestly expected this to get a 2.90, no higher.
The transitions were aweful, in my view, and I just kept beating myself down for not having an epic piece like your own. Even now, I don't care what the world of Ng thinks, "Anemnesis" is still viewed as a terribly put together piece by me.
Tracing over the original animator's work was kind of a way to show different styles present on Newgrounds, from terrible drawing skills to amazing work. I guess I'll stay away from it, if ever I decide to make a 2008 version (god forbid.)
Actually, no characters were thrown in because I thought viewers would enjoy it, all the characters seen were from a list of my own favorites. The artwork on some may not be the best, but it's the good and the bad that make Newgrounds.
The fact that there's no motion or animation with the characters bothered me a lot. As a reviewer said earlier, this is an art slideshow not even animation. To have that come from someone so dryly, hurt. It was still true. I had tried to include as much animation as possible, but I quickly realised that the characters wouldn't look much like they used to after I'd mangle them during animation. It was a dissapointment.
Yes, I was completely inspired by "Symphony". Now that I've checked your other pieces, I realised you're the author of "Piratey" one of the animations that pushed me to animate and to join Newgrounds. I guess you're a huge inspiration to me, and I didn't even know it.
Thanks alot for the review, and we'll talksome more.
Have a happy new year. <3
Wow I seriously think this should be front paged. I know feel that this just completed my year, and this made me feel like the year already ended. I love all the animations and this was just a masterpiece right here. Like I sais before, hope this makes front page, and I want to wish you a Happy New Year!
Thank you very much, happy new year. : )
this really made me look at all the great things about newgrounds that i like so much.. and that i couldnt think of it on the top of my head.
truely inspiring to become a animator.. but i really cant be assed with all that lol.. will take me waaay tooo long and i probably wouldnt enjoy it .. and really u need to enjoy it to do it .. Right?
anyway the music fit it really well .. and here comes all 10/10 and 5/5 !!
You don't have to animate to give something to Ng. You can be a helpful reviewer as you are now, you can create amazing audio, you can make helpful posts. =]
thanks for the review, happy new year.
a little dissapointed in the drawings
I started watching this and noticed the little explosions of brown in the beginning thinking 'wow, this guy really knows how to animate!' unfortunately, much of the animation skill is lost itself if you can't draw as well as you can animate. As the animation progressed, it looked like the drawings of the characters were a little stiff, and were drawn a little sloppy. It wasn't expected that you'd be able to draw the characters exactly as well as the artists who created them did, but the inconsistency of drawing skill was quite noticeable. For example; why are the tankmen and bitey drawn so well when pico and salad fingers look so sloppy?
on the plus side, this was organized well and fit excellent with the music, overall your animation skill seems to outshine your drawing skill, which is actually quite unusual. It looks like some decent effort was put into this so good job on that.
thanks for the review, it was a rush job as I only managed to finish this a few hours before submitting it. I thank you for the tips and I must still remind you this is only my 3rd submission.
have a great '08. <3
(The animation is really simple and awesome!)
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