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Apr 20, 2009 | 10:28 PM EDT
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While you load, feel free to read these comments, and also check out the collaborators' sites down below for more great work.
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THANKS FOR YOUR REVIEWS! After receiving over 350, I CAN'T PROMISE I'LL RESPOND TO NEW REVIEWS! I'll try!

Here is the Newgrounds Flash version of "A Bid for Freedom".

It is a story that I wrote and converted into a small fable with images provided by the talented Nacho Rodriguez (who created Mr. Coo and won the #1 slot in Cold Hard Flash's Best Animated) and lush watercolours by his girlfriend Cecilia Deshayes.
It is an illustrated storybook, narrated for your pleasure by the debonair Andy Dennis, with guest turns by Sasuya and Josh "Tomamoto" Tomar you HAVE to hear!
The Storybook route was pursued so it could enter ReNaeNae's excellent Storybook Collab;
http://www.newgrounds.com /bbs/topic/1003968 Talents in writing, art, voice, sound, code etc. should give it a look!

To turn the pages, hover your mouse pointer over the bottom corner of the page, then left-click and drag the page across with your mouse until it fully flips over.
Narration starts on each page as you view it, but you're free to read at your own pace (you can right-click and select "Zoom In", then drag around to see all the fine details).

This story is NOT an attempt at hair-pin-bend trigger-happy balls-to-the-wall FBF hentai-maniac game-parodying shenanigannary. NO REALLY, IT'S NOT!
The power here is in the words and the pictures.
There is COMEDY, ACTION, DRAMA and ROMANCE, all skewed at odd angles.
There's fantasy, exotic locations, body odour, and even a fast car if you stick with it!
Have patience, we've many things to offer you. Stick with us. We're a good group.

Please vote and review showing respect to the combined talent and hard work involved in this Flash. A lot of passion went into this just for you guys, so be fair.
Critique, constructive criticism, suggestions, these are things we graciously accept.
If you vote or review abusively, you let Newgrounds down. Don't.
If this is "not your sort of thing" or you're somehow disappointed by the lack of animation, this is not the fault of anyone involved; no-one's forcing you to watch!

With all this in mind, we hope you enjoy (with your drink or snack of choice) our hard work, vote and review responsibly... and may your day be brighter.

For more awesome while you wait, check out:
www.mistercoo.com (Nacho's site)
ceciliadeshayes.blogspot. com (Cecilia's blog)
www.ediblecastle.com (home to Andy Dennis and his mate Will)
www.scarymarymedia.com (earlier collaborative efforts between me, a mate of mine and Nacho, including an award-winning short for the Marbella Film Festival)

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This section is for the creative people out there:

This has been a hot coal in my hands for quite some time, burning with collective passion, yet I've been reluctant to throw it into the fire.
Enough people are happy with the results as they stand for me to go forth and submit it.
Trust that this will blossom over time as we come back to better adorn this work.

My preliminary thanks are on this page:
http://www.newgrounds.com /bbs/topic/1049617/3

I additionally thank DrNeroCF for saving us in the coding department and Deathcon for further help; Joey Young (http://joeymofo.newgroun ds.com) for providing sound effects at short notice and the Very Odd House (http://www.theveryoddhou se.com/) for a small snippet of lush score; and to Josh Tomar, introduced late into the project yet he delivered an outstanding performance within minutes of me asking him.
Further thanks go to the Newgrounds Team for their support of this work, and to all Newgrounds users who do the same (including Mr GUS, who is highly underrated: be sure to see his latest http://www.newgrounds.com /portal/view/483436 and vote for it in this year's Treasure Hunt).
Any other great participants that come to light will be remembered here equally.

Cheers!

Reviews


PaedarchyGreedPaedarchyGreed

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 26, 2009

Encore

I loved it. :]

Simple as that, really. The narration was beautiful, art lovely, storyline creative and even giggle worthy in some spots. Bravo


AdamCook responds:

Thank you very much for your well-rounded review! I see you're a writer yourself; perhaps you'll consider putting forth a few stories at some stage, and maybe even bring one to life with a team of like-minded creatives via the Storybook Collab:
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1 003968

I had great fun putting this project together, and I look forward to delivering an even better encore in the near future.

Cheers!


rika84rika84

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 23, 2009

Like a Spanish airport. In summer.

Very beautifully done!
The writing is excellent. The analogies were all very descriptive and very amusing, and they avoided being too silly by their presentation through that talented narration.
Very much what the English language is meant for.


AdamCook responds:

Wow, thank you for such lovely praise! I agree that all the VAs really give a lot of power and character to the words, and I was very impressed with Andy's ability to grasp subtle nuances in the writing with his vocal delivery.
It was intended to be a light and fun tale, much like a Spanish autumn, which is cooler and less oppressive than the summer. Nevertheless we put a lot of passion into it and it's always nice when that extra effort pays off!
Once again, many thanks for enjoying it in all of its capacities!
We'll aim to produce more great work as soon as we can, in the hope that we can elicit more excellent reviews like these!


Yellowjacket81Yellowjacket81

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 21, 2009

Superb!

It was great in every way. If I didn't like it so much you'd lose a point for spending half an hour telling me how to vote. I'm the judge of that, not you. Yes, I'm a bastard.


AdamCook responds:

Thank you heartily for the full marks! I see you don't give out a 10 score to many Flashes, so it's fantastic that our project was one of them!
Your honesty is much appreciated; you are indeed a judge in this case, and here you've made a fair and just ruling.

If indeed you are a bastard, you're a delightful one!

Hopefully we'll hear more good things from you in the near future; perhaps when I do my next project, you can take back your half-hour telling me how to write it! (And maybe not!) :)

Cheers for your support!


GenArmegeddonGenArmegeddon

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 21, 2009

I loved it oh so much.

It was positivley amazing. I cannot express how much I was drawn to this. I loved how it sounded similar to if you were narrating, oh say a 1920's style book like The Great Gatsby, but you linked connections to today which give people a chance to connect, such as YouTube, Whopper, Etc. Etc.

And the narrating itself was incredible! Perfect, crisp, emotional and it made you want to read on. But you didn't over act lines and make it awkward to listen.

And the art was absolute eye candy. Every picture was detailed and lush, and it had it's own original feel to it.

*sigh* How I wish one day I could narrate a Storybook such as this...

Anyway, Incredible job, and I hope you do more, or at least set an example for others to do the same.


AdamCook responds:

What a wonderful review! We all really appreciate your excellent comments!
It was a dream project in terms of all the magnificent personalities I was collaborating with, the content I was able to produce in a short time-span and the generally overwhelming reception it's received since its launch!

If you want to do some narration, or any kind of VA work, you should probably do yourself a little demo reel; maybe just read an excerpt of your favourite piece of writing and then upload it. If you and your equipment are up to a good standard I'll probably put you on my list in case I need further voices in future projects.
Plus, having a reel will allow you to get other producers interested in your voice.
There are plenty of other stories on the Storybook Collab which could do with a voice to air them! http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1 003968

Many thanks for your kind words; I'll aim to do more and encourage others to venture into exciting territory themselves. Hope to hear from you again, in voice or in text, in the near future.


FeelinfinenumbernineFeelinfinenumbernine

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 21, 2009

Nice

Well-written, fun story, nice description. NBothing to complain about.