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UPDATE THE THIRD: And thanks again for helping us get weekly 5th!
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UPDATE: Thanks everyone for giving "Legends" the votes to get Daily First!

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!

Reviews


wingfighter2wingfighter2

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Remake?

Feels like I've seen this before somewhere. Story/characters the works.



NosirahNosirah

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Mixed review

Very good redux. The animation was top notch (atleast until CS9 comes out) and the voice acting was fun. However where this falls flat on its face is the writing. C'mon, having someone shout, "I'm so frightened," is lazy. Don't assume the audience are morons, we know that being hung upside down by talking trees would make someone crap them self. (there is more, but that is just a prime example)

Anyway aside from parts where there was bad writing, the movie was very enjoyable, notably the exploding frog.


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Toonwerks responds:

That's actually one of the major things i'm looking at is over saturating the viewer with what's going on.

I'm not sure if that line was originally scripted or not, but it got recorded in the voice file and we thought it was pretty funny, there's a few lines that are like that actually in the movie,

Either way, we're obviously working on improving on each project so I appreciate the input!


soupoffsoupoff

Rated 3 / 5 stars

good animation, poor acting and joke

you guys seem to have put alot of work into this so please if you want to keep on doing this flash i say change the whole story and jokes because so far it's not very interseing and the joke didn't really make me laugh seem there some sort delay around the animation and the joke itself so alright i will see what will you guys come up on E2 take care and goodluck on you're future flash.


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the-electromancerthe-electromancer

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


salvossalvos

Rated 3 / 5 stars

The audio presentation does not match the visual

This cartoon has the potential to be a smash-hit and spawn a series, but not if the sound quality does not vastly improve. The background noise from the microphones is extremely noticeable to anyone using decent speakers or headphones, and the leveling on the various voice clips is anything but normalized. I found it so grating to listen to Slinks speak that I had to stop watching the cartoon entirely. Please, if you're going to continue with this series (and I hope you do) please master your audio in a more professional manner.