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See what happens when a permanent member of a popular space crew finds his status is in question. In any galaxy, when we deny due process and human rights to some, we put all of our freedoms at risk.

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EllwoodbluesEllwoodblues

Rated 5 / 5 stars August 7, 2008

Excellent quality and it had a point.

A cookie for the BadMonkey!

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. " Declaration of Independence

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Funny how that doesn't say anything about one particular group of humans having rights based on nationality or skin color. Rights are universal, a moral absolute if you will. Denying one human their unalienable rights is to treat them with no more respect than you would treat cattle or a rock.

If we make it so easy to "turn" off a human being's rights because they are from another country or have a different language, how long will it be before we ourselves find that our rights have been "turned" off because of our nationality, skin color, language, belief or even idea.

Just because a law is on the books doesn't make the law morally just.



axolotl1axolotl1

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars August 7, 2008

Haha, it gets funnier after the credits.

"Oh, God, he's singing again." AHAHAHAHAHA. How true.

Ok, my impression was that this cartoon had a bit too much professionalism and not enough love, but it's animated well enough, and very well drawn. Pretty good voicing and not a bad way of getting across your message. A solid 7.


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AveragedogAveragedog

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars August 7, 2008

I'm insulted but the animation itself was good.

This was obviously made in response to recent FBI raids on illegal immigrants. But even though there is much debate about human rights about deporting these people considering some of them have families in need at home, or children, that were born U.S. Citizens, it doesn't change the fact that in the past, THEY broke "due process of law" and entered the country illegally. They knew the risks and now they are paying for it. I admit the children shouldn't suffer for it but in my opinion if these illegal immigrants did get admitted to the united states legally, they probaably would have led a safer life because they will actually have rights ...

As for the actual flash, the animation itself was good, but a little jerky. I really don't know what kind of time frame you had to make this, but the art style definitlyl fit for what you were going for.


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BadMonkeyStudios responds:

Hey, good for you. You were born in a shiny, happy, democracy with fair wages. Do you know how much it costs to become a resident of the US? $1000 in processing fees. It's another $1000 to become a citizen. Last I heard the Statue of Liberty didn't say "Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, and, oh yeah, bring $1000 with you.


squeakytoadsqueakytoad

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars August 7, 2008

Poor message, quality animation.

Allow me to note I didn't let my opinions of your message get in the way of judging this animation fairly. The art is quality and the whole thing is well done. I gave it a 4/5.

The voices were decent and the scenes were well-composed. Good job.

The point of this short was sadly misinformed however.
First of all, the issue here is ILLEGAL immigration. The "Schlock" character seemed to be a perfectly legal citizen. Therefore the crew's treatment of him is not at all similar to the government you're trying to mock here, as the US authorities go to great lengths to aid foreign immigrants who have entered this country legally.
While the process has flaws, it works. The United States denies no one their basic human rights (nowhere in the world is it considered a basic human right to illegally cross a nation's borders and live among its people and work there violating at least fifteen federal and state laws in doing so).
The United States also does not deny anyone fair process. Millions of immigrants are accepted legally into the US each year. Simply because many Mexicans believe they have the right to come over without the proper papers anytime they wish does not mean they should be allowed to.
The fact of the matter is that were we to just say "Hey come on in, everyone", the nation would be flooded. Moderation must be used.
Sure, some people will not be able to pursue a better class of life, but the world can't be "fair" to everyone. Some people are just stuck in certain situations. It's not the United States of America's responsibility to make sure the citizens of nations all over the worl dare completely satisfied, especially when it has enough difficulty taking care of its own people.

But nice work on the animation. Keep it up. You make quality material. Though straying from the political topics would do you good.

-st


BadMonkeyStudios responds:

You think only illegals are mistreated in this country? How many immigrants are under investigation by the FBI because they're names sounds funny to their neighbors? Even been out driving in the midwest? Seen all those motels that say "American Owned" on them? They mean "white owned". It seems a lot of people still believe that if you have an accent or brown skin you aren't an American. This movie says treat ALL immigrants well. What's wrong with that?


DethBurgerDethBurger

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars August 7, 2008

Great movie, great message

It was pretty damn funny, and it actually had a purpose. Great job man, 9/10 only because I think it could've been longer.