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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


If i have to wait more then 4 months to find teh answer out i wont give you all my ten! infact.....i wont even give you 9! all you deserve is a 8 for the evil suspense!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

clever and cool animation

probably the most detailed piece of animation i've ever seen
but why do you have to keep us in suspense for the next one ?!
that bitey freaks me out.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


A great story and perfect animation. I love this series.
And the reason is that it is mysterious and makes you wonder. He is certainly trying to go in a different direction but it was a bit cliche and a little dumb with the predictable and cliche narrarator.

It was very good just not as good as the others.
but I will still look forward to them.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Great stuff.

The story was very left nothing for the viewer to think about that you didn't blatantly want them to think about.

And personally, I liked your work without the narration, that seemed to ruin it a bit for me...even if it was replaced with some stylized text that would have been better in my opinion.

I really look forward to the conclusion.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's well animated, for sure:

Of course, I share the sentiments of pretty much everyone here that praise the graphical design, use of colors, lighting, etc.

In fact, even the voices and whatnot are professionally done.

However, this feature had always lacked a sense of 'caring' for the characters, and I suppose this is a good first step. However, I wouldn't be too flattered by comments of trueviking and the like, saying this is "up there with the classics" because it's not.

I imagine this whole series was brought out by some inspiration and is paying homage in some way too it. Nonetheless, it screams originality in a lot of the character design, so I applaud you for that.

On the other hand, not to do too much stargazing, I think Pixar really does it best when blending a story of dialog and silence. Here, contraily, having a narrator question if "Bitey" will find his identity or the advanced traits of friendship and pity is just a little to thrown on for my liking... this has always been a visual story...why have a weak combination of character presence and words (where he's standing in the river is a good example of good-looking visuals coupled with weak commentary and weak direction---by this I mean that he's just standing by himself in an open river (SYMBOLISM ALERT))?

Yet, I cannot deny that you keep your movies clean, the presentation is smooth and nearly flawless, but if it needs to get to great status, it needs a bit more direction coupled with actually telling a story (in my opinion).

So keep up the good work, even if you never read this review. You work hard for a free audience, so that's always commendable and shows you do it for art's sake.

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