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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
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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 3.5 / 5 stars

Sub Par as per Previous Standards

The entirety of what was wrong with this piece can easily be summed up under the clause that writers fall into, "SHOW! DON'T TELL!"

As an animator, I've seen you in every movie up till this one tell your story by showing us it. That is, after all, what animation is all about: the act of communicating through visual presence emotion, characterization, setting, and plot derived there in from the actors on stage.

I felt this animation, while well animated, fell vastly short because of the narration, which was not only fairly dull, but did little to motivate my interests in anything I was seeing. It is easiest to see what is wrong with this movie when you watch it with out volume, simply because you can't. It is impossible to follow or understand with out the narrator, and yet the narrator never says anything important and never develops anything.

What we find instead is a Narrator entirely giving away emotions that could have been shown and often have been shown in prior animations and scenes made and as of yet unmade.

The excessive melodrama made me think that Bitey ought to just have woven a noose out of his own hair and hung himself. That's not Bitey. We know Bitey. Bitey is a greedy little punk, that is driven by the humor of taking for himself. And yes, he probably gets lonely and that probably has something to do with it, but it ought to lay down beneath the surface where it belongs and where it can be powerful and swell out.

You've essentially blasted your theme out and said this movie is going to be about "X" and now I'll be uninterested when "X" happens.

I'm sorry, but exposition sucks and you should know better.

I also felt like you rushed this movie. It had poor animation by your standards in several places even though it was good in others. I was not "wowed" as I previously have been.

The product placement was a tad trite too.

In the future you should:
- En media res (Start in the middle)
- Lose the narrator if you can't make the Narrator a character in and of itself
- Focus on moving the plot forward through action. Trust me, no one cares about the Dashkin. We would have been much more motivated had this episode gone something like this:

-- Open on bitey pissing some woodland creature off.
-- Continue with bitey running off into the woods, given unexpected chase by this new creature
-- Overwhelmed Bitey stumbles through the woodlands getting deeper and deeper into some unknown place
-- An actual stumble, trip or other plot device into a set of ruins
-- We see another "Dashkin," only its a statue as Bitey's vision fades POV
-- Flashback to the world tree & growing up. A couple lonely scenes
-- He wakes up to a witch or something standing overhim
-- "to be continued"

^^ Interesting, no need for narrator during the main part, we get enough essence and you can still zoom in on your forest world and have a little obit of narration at the beginning.

You've over salted your meat and it's left a sordid taste in my mouth.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


I look forward to these movies, because they are the best demenstration of skill on NG; however, this movie was sub-par for Adam. While the graphics were amazing, they weren't at the level of waterlollies in my opinion -- a huge let down. Though, Adam, I applaud you at finally giving these movies a script -- yes, a slighly cliche one, but still a script. I suppose I would like the detail and care of the old graphics to return and for the plot to continue. Please let these movies be something can look forward to for a year at a time.

Anyways 5/5 and 7/10
I look forward to the next one.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


I didn't really like this, as enjoy. It was a little too short. It wasn't too interesting either.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


Aesthetically perfect, yes good music, effects, graphics, animation.

Just... it seems to lack something. Feeling perhaps.

It doesn't spark any emotion in me.

Maybe that's the purpose of this animation- to make you mirror his current lack of emotion.

Hopefully, as is suggested, it might pick up.

I'm sorry to those that disagree.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Fairytale Vs. Epic?

The animation was great as ever (though the young Bitey looked unfinished at times), the setting and creatures are really immersive. In other words, the presentation is almost as flawless as ever.

The previous instalments of Bitey have been true fairy tales. This one feels more like a fantasy epic. Perhaps it's the narration, perhaps it's the shots of fighting between monsters and men, perhaps it's the phrasing "the last of the dashkin" and perhaps it's the look of that wizard at the end, who's style is a real break from Wee and the old blue man. Really it's a combination of all of these, and I'm not sure I like it.

The previous episodes were more Lion Witch and Wardrobe, this one is more Lord of the Rings.

I really really liked the fairy tale atmosphere of the previous episodes, and so does your audience in general. The proof is in the pudding: without any trace of epic fantasy, Bitey has achieved celebrity status. Please don't sacrifice this fairy tale feel for the sake of making it more epic. I'm afraid that this new take is not true to Bitey's roots, and will cost him his appeal.