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The Ballad of CrippleKane

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Jun 28, 2009 | 8:21 AM EDT
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"Cripple Kane confronts the corrupt sheriff 'Blind-eye Bill' in an epic western showdown."


So. I started this in late April/early May of 2008. It all started when 'Decade Studios' Perry, a Newgrounds user friend of mine, sent me a song and said "This song reminded me of you". That Song was "A Gringo Like Me". Instantly I started animating the very beginning of this video, just as a fun little project. This fun little project expanded and expanded to turn into the ambitious monster that is this movie. All these ideas for the video came to mind. Make some sort of ultimate western extravaganza. Only problem is, I had always had trouble animating horses. That's what put this project on hold for so long. But thanks to ZekeySpaceyLizard, he jumped in and helped me with some horse legs on a front shot movieclip. That was basically the wall breaker and I wasn't stuck anymore.

Basically yesterday i sat down and animated essentially the second half of this movie. determined to finish this once and for all... It was hell... and by God am I thrilled to say it's complete.

Stylistically what I had in mind for this when I was animating was to try and give a western movie the old 1960's-1970's kung fu style of cinematography. with Westerns usually having a slow and tense pace. I decided to try and give it that in your face, zany sort of action.

Well. I don't care, it's done. I just gave birth to an overweight baby.

Dim the light, I hope you enjoy.

Special Thanks to Perry, he's the one who showed me the song and started it all. And Kevin Barrios (Buzzwerd) for bitching at me to finish this thing and standing me sending him every frame of updates.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

When you eat crispers, you might enjoy the fluids

I know your style. I mean, I know how it looks like. But every time I watch one of your movie, I must tell myself "damn, it really looks like zekey's one" even though Zekey has two distinguished styles, but you know what I'm talking about. And when I read the credits, the light appeared. And then I read the description. I never read descriptions before. Alright, let's moov hon.

I don't really likes this style anyway, when it ain't exploited right, it looks hideously stiff, more like polygones moving all around. This is how I felt at the beginning. All cubes and lines. But after the sheriff arrived, it went pretty well, and the animation made its proofs. What I like the most is the expression you succeed to put in the faces of the characters, they are always accurate. It's quite a feat considering the "polygonal" aspect of the whole.

Otherwise, it's a pleasant hommage to westerns. You built a coherent story within a few minutes. I personally adored The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, thus I go for a good western whenever there is one. Since you sweat for it...a good score.

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AlmightyHans responds:

i appreciate your honest and well written review. :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Pretty awesome dude

First of all, the animation style is amazing. It's hard to pull off a non-traditional style like that, but you managed it flawlessly. The music was hilarious, and the cinema superb. Great job man -- and congrats on getting it done!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very nice

Must of been hell to animate the second half of this monster in one day. I love the like, samurai jack style of this. Its so different to what you normally see in flashes here.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nicely done

Spaghetti Western meets Samurai Jack. Nice.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


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