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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


BazzBrotherBazzBrother

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

that was...intriguing

Not a flash that I am used to seeing here on NG, but it surely brings alot of memories. I liked it, but probably only because I have been pre-exposed to this kind of stuff during my youth with 'The Reading Rainbow' with that black guy from Star Trek. Excellent voice acting, wonderful sounds, and a big applause for the artist!



PatchouliGypsyPatchouliGypsy

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is intriguing!

Not what one typically expects from this site, but I loved the concept of an interactive storybook. The narration made it. Great kudos to your illustrator as well, beautiful work!

All the modern references (oreos, youtube, etc) were an interesting fit with the rest of the "proper" vocabulary, but I felt like it worked. :) I had a problem with one of your similies though... "as blue as dophin tears" made me cringe. :P

I hope to see more well developed and beautiful work like this!


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hgfyf1hgfyf1

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Dude

for me it showed the book then wouldn't go further my flash drive was probbly too old to even put up with it and i feel sorry for myself that i couldn't watch this, but I'll trust u raters and give it a 9


AdamCook responds:

If you're seeing the book, you should be able to flip the pages.
Did you read the instructions on the pre-loader page at the beginning, or in my Author Comments?
Just hold down your left mouse button on the bottom right corner of the page, drag your mouse until the page flips fully across to the other side and then release your mouse button.
If you can't see the bottom right corner on your screen, try going full-screen (F11 on most Windows computers) or try re-opening the movie in a window (click the "Pop-Up" button underneath this page's "Watch This Movie!" button) so you can scroll down to reach the bottom corner.

Give it a try, I'd really like you to be able to see and enjoy this.
Thanks for giving us a great rating despite your technical difficulties.


HotDiggedyDemonHotDiggedyDemon

Rated 4 / 5 stars

A Surreal Excursion

Definitely something out of the ordinary, and exactly what this site needs. A FEW CRITIQUES: Up until the appearance of Kong, the sound effects were non-existent, and even afterwards they were few and far between. Of course, this lends to a certain atmospheric effect, but I think I might of liked to of seen it with sound and music throughout. As a bit of a catch 22, when there WAS music, the narration was a tad harder to follow, so I'd suggest lowering the background volume a little bit.

Now, for praise: The voice acting was impeccable, which is a downright rarity on newgrounds. The plot wasn't perfect but the poetic way in which sentences were built was very charming and enchanting. And of course, the illustrations were cool

All in all it was a very fun step in a different direction


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AdamCook responds:

Huge respect to you for taking the time to review this; I think you've produced some very entertaining Flash in your time, so I'm really happy you enjoyed it.

I'd always intended to have atmospheric sounds running throughout; I wanted there to be a party vibe through the first bit with gentle chatter, clinking glasses, laughter etc. gradually unwinding into raucous hoots, wallpaper rips and utter destruction as the evening went on. I'd also planned for music for individual "scenes" (e.g. lounge piano for the party, ominous overtones for Kong, jungle rhythms etc.) that would play and loop for as long as you were in a particular physical area in the story.
Unfortunately a lot of the code that was supposed to do that decided that it would renounce all forms of music, and gave us huge errors when we tried to run anything alongside. It's a nightmare to cut it all up individually with the narrative clips, and we still need to find more sounds and tracks to fit a few scenes.
Nevertheless, I am still planning to get this happening and hopefully barring any horrible mishaps I should have that system working soon.

Good thing you mentioned about the music/narration balance; as an author hearing it back and knowing what's being said it's always hard to determine the balance (especially when the music rises to the occasion). When I get back to some more editing I'll be sure to tweak the music level a bit!

Nacho + Ceci are pure cool, and all the voice actors were fantastic (but then, they've always been fantastic). This just wouldn't be the same without them.
You saw the plot in exactly the right way; I'm sure you realise with all the archetypal characters and situations involved that I wasn't shooting for a Nobel prize, but I tried to twist their nature and then document them all elegantly.
It's great you were taken with the way it was written!

Many thanks from all of us for your great review! We hope to continue stepping in many different directions with at least the same degree of success!


marek127marek127

Rated 5 / 5 stars

very good indeed

though I thought it was still a little bit to cliché, it had interesting observations and beautiful ending

it made my day


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