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Apr 6, 2009 | 8:23 PM EDT
  • Daily 4th Place April 7, 2009

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This is "Straw Boats Borrow Arrows", adapted from a part of Luo Guanzhong's classic chinese novel The Three Kingdoms. I entered it in a contest for short movies (5 minutes or less; this cut is available on youtube - just search "Straw Boats Borrow Arrows"), but I made an extended version just for you guys. xD It's not a comedy, nor is it some bloody showdown - its a battle of wits featuring one of the greatest military minds of all time.

Zhou Yu, director general for the Southland forces under Sun Quan, is jealous of Zhuge ("zhu-guh") Liang, director general of Liu Bei's forces (united with Sun Quan at this time, to oppose Cao Cao's invasion force from the north). So Zhou Yu conceives of a scheme to eliminate Zhuge Liang - he asks for 100,000 arrows for the army, and he wants them in ten days. Failure, he emphasizes, will be met with death, according to military law. Zhuge says he'll do it in three days. Thus our story begins.

To reviewers: I appreciate and read every constructive review, and I'm always eager for suggestions on how I could improve. In particular, I'd very much like to know what you thought of the story, which I had a hard time adapting so the context still came across. I made the music myself, despite not really being a music person, so if you have something to suggest, try not to use too much music terms, cuz I'll have no idea what you mean. I know all the people who did the voices (most aren't members of NG) so if you've got somethin to say to them, I'll pass it on.

Special thanks to Tom for letting me upload this huge file (sorry to everyone for the large file, movie's got a lot of 3D shots, so hopefully its worthwhile in the end)

For the first time in any of my movies, there's an easter egg! Who can find it? (if you're stumped, I'll probably post its location on my userpage later, or you can PM me) What do you think of it? Should I ever do it again? Feel free to give me some advice.

Edit: Daily 4th, not bad! Thx again to Tom, and to everyone who voted. Keep sendin reviews tho, I'll keep readin.

Reviews


StektanonStektanon

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 7, 2009

very good

Liked it from the start to the ending. ( thank you for the arrows prime minister )

can't really blame the results of getting the material .



Aarona68Aarona68

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars April 7, 2009

good, but...some not so much

I thought the animation was smooth, the voices were just ok, but the thing that sort of ruined it for me was the music. No offense, but you did not do very well with the music at all. Actually, it was pretty bad. I understand you are not a music person, neither am I, but I think you could have gotten some help with it. Other than that, this animation was very good, very well done and suiting for the story itself. I thought the interpretation of the story was pretty funny.
Good job. Keep it up, and good luck with your future work.



KyleEffinLittleKyleEffinLittle

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 7, 2009

I love dynasty warriors since part 2!

you captured it perfect!
i like your animation style



ROCKY787878ROCKY787878

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 7, 2009

haha

that was pretty funny and smart :P



bulldog666999bulldog666999

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 6, 2009

well done enjoyed greatly

beautiful work really enjoyed it keep it up