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Little Aviator

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Dec 10, 2008 | 3:02 PM EST
  • Daily Feature December 11, 2008
  • Weekly 4th Place December 17, 2008

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I guess with all the request, Now I have to make a sequel :). But first, I must finish my schedule projects before I come back to this. Anyways, that was just a quick update after reading all the reviews and pms

*Thanks for the daily award you guys

* Thanks for the front page Tom! And thanks to all the voters on newgrounds

Let me clear things up really fast. This is not actually based on the great Howard Hughes. I just used it as an name because I wanted to keep the aviator theme going by adding that little reference. It is NOT based on Howard Hughes


Let me give you guys a quick run down of where I got the idea for this story. When I was a little boy, my mother would read me this poem about this kid who dreamed of following in his hero's footsteps. Everyone as a child had dreams about becoming someone they looked up to or thought was really cool. Some might want to be astronauts... or a hero of some kind... However, the boy in this story wants to be an Aviator

So that's where the basic idea came from. I took a tiny bit from my life and applied it to this animation. I want to thank Deven Mack (also known as D-mac Double) for doing the voices of the little boy Howard Hughes and his father Jonathan Hughes. Francine Louise did the voice of Laney Hughes, the boy's mother. She nailed it in like two takes. I'm glad to be working with these voice actors yet again. It was tons of fun

Andrew Sinclair, a really talented musician, created the musical score for the animation. I didn't want to rush him because I felt like if the music was bad, then it would just ruin the submission. However, he did a bang up job on the music in this piece and hopefully I'll be working with him again sometime in the future. He really needs to be doing this for money like Cambo said because this guy is amazing :)

This is the first animation I have ever done using a tablet. For the backgrounds, I used Corel Painter X and Flash was used for the animation and effects (such as snow). This story is really close to my heart, so I hope you guys enjoy it. I started this on the week of Halloween and finished two day prior to today. Anyways, like always, I'll be reading all the reviews and trying to reply to everyone of them,

Running Time: 2 minutes

Video clips used in this movie are from King Kong, the original 1933 version created by RKO pictures



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

it was just not a type of movie

i dont like it when movies are "cute" and like it when it is dramatic but i will still give it a 7 for the idea and animations


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


A little too corny for my tastes. looks more like a movie promo than an actual cartoon. so grats if that was what you were going for, but there was also problems, like the ones JackZor23 pointed out below.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Little Message

That was really cute. :] Liked the idea and the transitions between each of the scenes. Very well put together, and nice graphics! Good job on this. Im pretty sure everybody enjoyed it as much as i did. :D

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nicely done dude

It was a complete change of all those movies in the winter collection about murder i was starting to get sick of it but you came in and turned it around THANKS! HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY!


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Great but...

That was great indeed. A bit emotional, but that's ok.
However, even tho the animation and story were good, some parts just didn't fit.
Here's a list of awkward stuff :

There was no TV in Nebraska in 1943. Check Wikipedia.

The father seems like he's from the 90s with his colorful tie and his modern appearance. What's up with that. He's totally out of place. Also, he looks like a businessman. He should be like "It's war! We're in trouble.". But no, he's just crafting a plane for his son, even tho he definitly doesn't look like a plane crafter. The plane itself flies particularly well too, dashing thru miles of skies. I guess the father was real good in physics. Then again, it was probably a stylistic choice made by the author, rather than a realistic one.

The little boy was lucky to have one of the few female aviators of the time as a mother. But that's not impossible. So I guess I can't say much about this. However, I don't really understand why his mother's plane is so huge, and how she can find time to bring her son in one of her flight in the middle of WWII.

Ok, so animation was good, voice acting was decent, but it just felt unrealistic to me.

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KartuneHustla responds:

Well if I try to correct everything you just said, then you will give up all the opportunities for the sequel. About the tv thing, there were tv's back then and just because it was rural america doesnt mean no one in Nebraska has a television. And telling me to check Wikipedia made me laugh...,lol! Please don't get all of your knowledge from Wiki man. Not everything is true. Back in the forties, people did wear jeans and it wasn't uncommon since it was rural, but to say that tie is to colorful is just ridiculous. That tie is actually a jpg print of a tie that was made in that time period. So again, hearing that made me smile. So the father making planes is actually a backstory that ill explain if i make a sequel. Ill just say this. They used to make model airplanes that later became motor planes that children could play with as we do today, but the planes that were made were only for military purposes. I would explain what his father has to do with the military, but I'll hold my breath for another cartoon. Anyways, the story of his mother is another thing i wont mention. Ill say this though, back then there was a group called the Ninety Niners with a pilot you may know as Amelia Earhart. She was a part of that organization. That's all I'll say for now. Yes, Howard is a lucky male, but there is alot of backstory i havent shown yet. I want you to just watch and talk about the possibilities. So hmm... nothing more I can say. Again, Wikipedia=lawls

PS. Its just a cartoon man. Just enjoy it