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Legend of the BlackBook 1

rated 4.38 / 5 stars
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Comedy - Original

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Jul 17, 2010 | 3:06 PM EDT
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Some Legends speak of heroes... and some speak of... these guys.

The carefully laid plans of the "Cult of the Lich" go horribly awry, as the Lord of Death himself is summoned into the world after being trapped in a dark tome for thousands of years. Our two unlikely heroes, the bumbling wizard wanna-be Xiphon, and his height impaired companion Slinks, are exiled to a evil forest and begin their quest to right the wrongs they help caused... or to just get into more trouble.

"Legends of the Black Book - Part 1" is the debut effort by team Toonwerks... made up of three Flash old-timers Casey McDonald ("Xiphon"), Mark Schneider ("th1rt3en"), and Joseph Blanchette ("LegendaryFrog&quot ;). With the goal of delivering original and smart animations, each one of us play to our strengths to give the the best possible experience to the viewer. We hope you enjoy the first part of this multi part series, and urge you to give feedback so we can make improvements in the future!



Rated 3 / 5 stars

Pretty good but could use work

Animation was rather well done. Voice acting was decent, though you could probably benefit from having additional Voice Actors.

I would say the area that needs the most improvement is the pacing. The story tends to slow down every time a joke is told (which is quite often). But the thing that hurts the story most is the sudden ending. It didn't end on a note that made me yearning to see the next instalment.

In my opinion the story would improve if the jokes were cut back a bit. This would speed up the story as well as show just how terrible the situation the characters are in really is. It's a little hard to believe that the Skeleton Death Dude is capable of destroying/killing/conquering anything when he casually talks to Xiphon and kindly tells him that he won't kill him. Same with the Terror Wood being filled with jolly, non life threatening, hair eating trees. I just couldn't take it seriously.

I understand that it's supposed to be a comedy, but I just stopped finding it funny when almost every line turned into a joke.

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Toonwerks responds:

Where the story IS written to have characters that have arcs and learn lessons and go on adventures, the whole theme that drives the story is that the real world could be perceived as an absolutely terrifying place, but it really isn't. it's what you make it out to be.

The forest they get banished to, even though it has it's threats (there's a flesh eating monster river for example) for the most part it's perfectly survivable. I guess that defeats the purpose of being banished there, but we did want it to be a comedy.

Also, we'll definitely make more serious stories in the future, but it's actually easier to have a concise story doing it this way, that and we still have to practice working together and all such


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Great Stuff

Some of the animation was fantastic, well done!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

The leader of the cult.

Reminded me of Gront (..or was it Grant...?) from Smashtasm.

But aside from the "Hey, It's that voice!", a nice animation. Perhaps a few camera angles should be reinvisioned though, like the part where the cult leader opened the book and a beam flew out. I thinks some close-ups were in order there. That's usually the way professional animators do things in such occasions.

Toonwerks responds:

yeah, we wanted to do more but we were getting used to playing around with angles. You can actually see it, in the forest scene, it's pretty much just sidescrolling, and that's how we'd designed it just because that's what we were used to. Once we got that scene done and went into working on the stuff with the mountains, we'd figure out what the sets looked like from overhead and where we'd want the camera, etc etc.

You can expect that it'll definitely improve with future projects.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

great work man !

nice work ! I love it !


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Overall impressive

The animation was really good quality but I do have a couple gripes. I don't know if it's the quality of the microphone you used or how the audio was compressed but it seemed a bit 'crackly'. Also the script was amusing, but I didn't find it laugh out loud funny. 8/10