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Apr 20, 2009 | 10:28 PM EDT
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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


ZombieVikingKingZombieVikingKing

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

sweet

well drawn and classy but the pages where hard to use


AdamCook responds:

They take a little getting used to, but you can't beat the effect once you've got the hang of it!
Happy that you liked it!


WoodlandPixieWoodlandPixie

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very Unique!

The story is cool, but the way you did the flash with the watercolors, page turning, and a very talented voice over made it even better. I liked it.


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AdamCook responds:

Thank you very much for that lovely review! We all really appreciate your kind comments and your support of our work, and hope that our future projects provide more original entertainment for your enjoyment!

Cheers!


DSteerDSteer

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

wow!

at the beginning i was shocked that it was a book link i clicked on but i thought i ought to give it a chance so i did, by page 3 i was getting a bit bored BUT i am glad i stuck with it to the end it really got me hooked by the next pages i was kinda sad to see it end

also you have a nice voice ^_^


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AdamCook responds:

Haha, thanks for sticking with us! Glad we got your attention in the end!

ANDY DENNIS certainly has a great voice, as do SASUYA and JOSH TOMAR.
Andy was narrating this, and I'm sure he'll be pleased you like his work!

Hope we'll grab your interest again with some more great work in the future!
Cheers, man!


NeonicalNeonical

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Excellent!

I really enjoyed the entire story, EXCEPT for the Youtube reference. A few of your other references added to the story - for example, the talk of "cheeseburger" colognes really played on the ridiculous tendencies of the overly wealthy. However, the Youtube seemed oddly out of place, and really struck me as taking away from the fantastical nature of the story. Perhaps it is only me, since I have not bought into the frenzy of that particular website, but it seemed like you were just trying to make some appeal to a lowest common denominator.

I have to give it to the art, however, as well as the narration. The background sounds and music that were behind the narration as well fit seamlessly into to the reading. You almost didn't notice them unless you really listened, but the the music added to the emotions and energy almost unconsciously. That's a very good thing.

9/10.


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choceclairechoceclaire

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Loved the angle

Although stunned at first that I may have to actually read, the format turned out to be quite entertaining.

I'm a little dissappointed in the ending to what could have been a witty turn of events, but overall 10 minutes well spent :)


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