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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.
Be sure to TURN UP YOUR VOLUME!
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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


vichy80vichy80

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Absolutely gorgeous

I really enjoyed this. It was a new thing to see as a Flash. The storytelling was SUPERB. It's what MADE the experience. The biggest points came from interactivity. While people usually sit through a movie, it's up to the viewer to progress through the story, hence getting them involved.

Though the text was a bit hard to read, they're being read anyway, so that does not really matter.

This was a true form of art. It incorporated so much imagination and creativity. The hard work definitely shows.


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SusilSusil

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Quite enthralling.

There are few animations on this site to truly keep my attention for more than 30 seconds but this was certainly one of them. Excellent work. I am extremely impressed.

- Great artwork
- Great narration
- Great writing

And despite other opinions I very much enjoyed the neat activity of turning the pages. Bravo!


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ThereSheGoesThereSheGoes

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Ingenious idea!

I'm not so used to fancy language such as this animation presents but I truly enjoyed turning pages and seeing how the story was slowly building up in the most imaginative way. Voice actors did outstanding job especially that girl who was dressed in blue dolphin's tears dress. Hilarious, unique and most of all artistically combined. This charming storybook has left me overall impressed because it's done with the great talent.


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AdamCook responds:

Aah, I'm really glad you liked it, and thank you so much for your support of our efforts!
I'm very proud of what our VAs achieved here; the Lead Lady is played by the wonderful up-and-coming Sasuya, who's since gone on to make a fantastic turn in the "Jerry" series finale produced by ABFF fan HotDiggedyDemon... if you liked her work here, it's worth checking out the original "Jerry" to put things in context, followed by "Jerry: The End" to witness her latest performance.
It's great you enjoy this approach to storytelling; hopefully the Storybook Project will go on to inspire more great books like this one. While I see our own projects diversifying into many different styles, we'll try our very best to create original quality entertainment for your viewing pleasure in the near future!


Kenji000Kenji000

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great stuf

That was fun. I rather enjoyed listening to the calming voice of our hero as the dialog ran by quickly with wit and a silly sense of humor.


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XpopsiclestickXXpopsiclestickX

Rated 5 / 5 stars

amazing

the art, story and voices were an extreme delight!!!!


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