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Dec 9, 2009 | 11:48 AM EST
  • Weekly Users' Choice December 15, 2009
  • Review Crew Pick December 15, 2009
  • Daily Feature December 10, 2009

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Author Comments

This is the story of the last of the dashkin. The people are all gone and in a world of innocent animals, the solitude, the sadness and bitterness have corrupted his view of life. What does the future hold for such a tragic creature? Will he wander the planet, forever alone until his death? Will he always be the wild King of Brackenwood?

It's a massive honour to be nominated for a 2nd Tank Award, thanks NG! Thank you for front page, all the great reviews and the incredible score for Daily Feature.
Thanks to Brackenwood fans and donors for all the support not only during the 4 weeks I spent making this, but also in the 2 years since I submitted Waterlollies.

Since then I've been working on the Brackenwood feature film outline with my good friend Ryan O'Loughlin. With no plans for a new web episode in the meantime it occurred to me that Brackenwood fans could be waiting years for the feature. I didn't want to abandon them altogether, so this new movie is my way of staying in touch with them and the NG audience.

This is the first Brackenwood short to break away from the "character introduction" style movies that had little or no character motivation and plot. This is a story, not only answering a lot of questions, but asking just as many new ones.

I used Flash CS3, the .fla is over 300MB (half of that is audio) and it took me 4 weeks.
Don't worry I won't be leaving it another 2 years. I plan on starting storyboards on the conclusion in jan-feb 2010.



Rated 5 / 5 stars December 9, 2009

My GOD!!!

This should be a series! It's that awesome!


Rated 5 / 5 stars December 9, 2009

O-O OH.... MY........ BUh-GAHD............

I only wish i might be able to offer my skills to a project as awesome and so undoubtedly wonderus as this!!!


Rated 5 / 5 stars December 9, 2009

Great work!

I enjoy your animation styles and cute creatures, they make me smile. But I think you should ditch the narraration for the second part. I understand that no one would understand the story without the narraration, so if there is to be a big plot twist, narraration would be okay. But use as little narraration as possible.

chluaid responds:

not all episodes will be narrated. As I've said on a couple other responses, this particular short is setting up a bigger picture for Brackenwood. As far as I'm concerned, it's the last narration you'll hear in Brackenwood for the foreseeable future :D


Rated 4 / 5 stars December 9, 2009

Very good, but not as good

All of your other works seem to have a better storyline, I think that this one is quite cheesy though. And the lady speaking gives it a less than "original" look. But, as always your animation is stellar, and I will definitley be looking forward to the next in the series.

chluaid responds:

thanks :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars December 9, 2009

I enjoyed it.

~ Animation ~

Almost all animations were very smooth. I did notice that when the little Bitey was running away at first that it seemed a bit choppy. Almost like you didn't go into the detail enough to make his legs bend like it showed when he was older. Other than that the animation was very smooth and professional like. You do a great job of using pans, zooms, and moving the camera while the animation is going on.

~ Graphics ~

It was odd in this submission because sometimes I felt like you hurried some scenes and they simply weren't as drawn as well as you usually draw things. Again, for the most part things were done great and the parts that seemed hurried were few in far in between. I love the landscape and the amount of details that you put into things such as the forest and the water.

~ Story/Content ~

From what I remember you haven't ever really included story and it was basically just Bitey running around and causing trouble with the animals around the forest.

Is this because you've gotten so many complaints about story and plot? I've never had a problem with them personally, but I remember you getting a bunch of 0's on Waterlillies because it didn't have a plot to it or anything.

It's what makes a good author though. One that keeps his style, but still goes with what others want. I personally wouldn't mind either way, but I find that the addition to a story really helps and clears things up. This could become a really cool series if it started to follow a story and I can see it really going a long way.

~ Audio ~

The voice was pretty good and was a nice addition. This lacked a little bit of sound effects, but it really didn't hurt that bad since it was more of a submission to tell the background story and everything.

~ Overall ~

I felt that it could have been a bit longer. Also, every now and then I felt that the animation and graphics were a bit hurried, but overall they were done really well. The introduction of the story was pretty cool, but I do hope to see a lot of the trouble making in future episodes mixed in with the plot.

Keep up the good work. First review that I wrote in quite awhile.

chluaid responds:

Thanks for taking the time to write an in-depth review. My responses:
I'm wondering if the choppiness is a result of the Flash player or browser, as this is probably the most graphically intense of my Brackenwood shorts to date. The reason I say that is because much of Bitey's animation is on 2s and 1s, so at 25fps it should be very smooth. I think many people will only really see it at the proper smoothness and frame rate when I've submitted to YouTube.

There are a few scenes that I've cut back on character detail, such as lighting effects (the amount of colours in Bitey's hair is really inconsistent for example), but I've gone a bit OTT with backgrounds and effects.

For story, Bitey and Brackenwood have always had a deep dark past but up until now I've kept it quiet because I didn't want to spoil the big reveals in the feature film. This series of storylines however will be kind of parallel to the feature film so they won't give too much away.

thanks again for the great review.