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the Last of the Dashkin

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

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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 4 / 5 stars

Very good, but I have a problem with Bitey.

First, let me say that this movie is absolutely beautiful. I do think you are the best flash artist and animator on the Internet, bar none. I did not think that you could imporve over "Waterlollies", but you did.

However, I feel that the description of Bitey in this movie does not fit with the characterization presented in the other videos. On the one hand, the combination of loneliness and spite do suit Bitey very well. That combination seems to provide a plausible motivation for the actions we have seen so far. On the other hand, you describe Bitey as the "wild king of Brackenwood," but he never seemed very dominant to me. Previously, Bitey always seemed to me to be a spiteful punk. Bitey tormented smaller creatures than himself, but he was always rebuked by another creature. In every episode except "the Yuyu," Bitey is somehow outsmarted or beaten physically by another creature. That hardly seems like the dominant creature you describe in this movie. I hope you do not ignore this criticism, because I think it is very important that the Bitey we see is the same as the Bitey you describe to us. Remember, show don't tell.

I hope that my criticism is useful to you. I still enjoyed this movie very much. If I think of anything else I'll post in your forums.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


great animation as usual. though I preferred the previous animations without the narration - I think the story could've been told easily enough without it.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


not the best flash JK Awesome work Dude amazing

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

two somewhat significant gripes

1. if I view this toon with Opera then the movie assumes the .swf is an illegal copy and a watermark obscures the movie; don't force me to use Firefox like that...!

2. your usage of Flash filters like blur and glow was rather vulgar and very processor-unfriendly; I always admired your ability to make things look stunning through traditional-ish methods and not lame digital effects, and you've let me down there

minus a point for each of those annoyances, but otherwise a predictably and consistently amazing job from you yet again


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chluaid responds:

There's no watermark now. Apologies for the filters deal if it slowed things down for you. I'm making my shorts with video formats in mind these days but this one was pretty much solely for the NG audience. I'll be good from now on ;)


Rated 4 / 5 stars


The artistry in this isnt as good as the past videos. Maybe work harder?
idk, but it was over all great