Be a Supporter!

Credits & Info

Uploaded
Mar 6, 2010 | 8:20 AM EST
  • Weekly Users' Choice March 10, 2010
  • Review Crew Pick March 10, 2010
  • Daily Feature March 7, 2010

If you liked this, check these out!


Plenty more like this here!


Author Comments

This is the story of Katan, a little aztec critter who works as a stonemason on huge pyramid projects. He's an eager, talented employee who beleives strongly in what the project stands for, putting in endless overtime to get things done.

When a less committed, self-serving employee hatches a plan to steal the soul jewel of the temple, the mysterious crystal skull, Katan finds himself under blame and attack from the very monument he helped to create.

------------------------

I started making this toon November 2008 and finally exported it in January 2010.
Various delays, injuries, graduations and jobs made it hard to focus on for a lot of the time- but it is fairly safe to say that it took a year to make... Which also accounts for the style changes and quality progression evident throughout the four mins of play time ;)

Thanks for watching- and thanks again to Newgrounds for letting me upload such large movie files

Reviews


Roto420Roto420

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Meh

It was cool. I didnt finish it. Nice lookin squrells though I suppose. GJ



TreasureTrappedTreasureTrapped

Rated 2 / 5 stars

The animation is nice

Outside that, it very little makes sense. There's the constant flouting of physics that just ruins the experience. I can understand if this was more magical based as it becomes towards the end, but it isn't in the beginning. It's very mechanical. Why can they redirect the light of the sun with dishes into a beam strong enough to not only pierce a brick but blow it up? Does brick naturally contain dynamite in this universe? Is the sun made out of lasers? Why is he able to stop a pendulum, one that seems to be at least twenty feet long, dead with a stick that seems to be the thickness of a human arm and is also made out of rubber because it doesn't break after bending that far? Why does the laser in the death pit fire charged shots rather than a continuous beam like the other redirected light did earlier? Why does the helmet shoot lasers from the eyes with no redirected light when every other laser needs redirected light? If they can build a helmet that shoots laser, why not just build more helmets for when they need lasers to blow up bricks?

To be fair, all of those could be considered acceptable breaks from reality in a good narrative, but this doesn't have one. Your author comment explanation of the story only serves to make things worse. Nothing you explain follows from the movie. The red guy seems to be a normal worker up until he just attacks. He's helping everyone else out, doing his share of the work, but as soon as that green guy goes up in the elevator, the one that clearly says "OTIS" on the bottom for whatever reason, he suddenly thinks to himself, "Well, gotta be a dick now." On top of that, if he just wanted to steal the gem, why did he need to attack the blue guy to do it, because he seems to attack blue guy before doing anything else? It looks less like he wanted to steal something and more like he was jealous of blue guy for also getting a shoulder pat from green guy. And this is all before the magic spirit is introduced. That's when the little sense that there could have been flew straight out the window. "Well, being a very powerful spirit, I'm not going to do anything to actually help you fight back or preserve this structure that must have taken your group months to build, but once you die, I'll decide to spring into action to revive you, destroy even more of the structure to make it take even longer to repair, and transport this guy to Egypt for seemingly no reason. If I wanted him to suffer, as a powerful spirit, I could probably use my powers or throw him into space, but that would be too much work. I am a busy spirit man with busy spirit places to go."

Your animation is pretty good, but work on your storytelling.



k-r-o-n-o-sk-r-o-n-o-s

Rated 2 / 5 stars

Slammed Rats

It took a couple of times and I'm still not convinced. All animation is really good. The quality is there, and it is Elite. The story, not so much. I really did try to associate and identify with the rodent characters, but during all the trials they went through, I didn't much care. The scenes started to build tension, then something silly would happen and I further disconnected from this flash. If it didn't end when it did, I'm not sure my attention would keep with it, and it seems nothing interesting would arise anyway that would entertain me. It seemed to plateau quickly and never peak beyond that. 4/10 for the stellar animation only. 1/5 for being well below the entertainment average (for me, anyway) on this site.



CosmicDebrisCosmicDebris

Rated 2 / 5 stars

animation was ok

the storyline was the weakest thing ever and generaly made no sense, also, some of the mechanisms were both impractical (a few even being completely impossible) and very useless, here I could mention that the spikes which pop up on the corner of aplatform which is suddenly going to be blown away anyway by MAGIC MOONLIGHT LAZERBEAMS didn't seem to really serve any purpose.

And a fucking guy sawing stone with a perfectly ordinary saw, whitout water, what?