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Jacqueline and the Spawn, an original series

One day Jacqueline's pet rock dies so she consults the internet in order to find a chant to summon the demon lord who can revive her dead pet rock. Upon summoning the demon lord he grants her the revival of the rock but casts a curse on her, "If you do not demolish the seven deadly sins upon seven different people by your 18th birthday, you shall be enslaved by me for the rest of eternity". In order to assist and keep watch of her, the demon lord attaches one of his demon spawns to her arm that she calls Kyle.

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Ninjadude989Ninjadude989

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

That was so very, very good.

It seems to be one of the few original films on newgrounds today. It was absolutely hilarious, and I demand you to make a second one.



LfanLfan

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

...fooly cooly...

Haruko-chan. That is all...actually it is not. I have to say, this is one of the better animations I've seen recently. The comedy reminds me of Fooly Cooly (FLCL), but I do find it very original. The art style you chose for this really fit the story of it all, and the animation was very well done. You've done a great job with this animation, and I would really like to see some more (a continuance to this one would also be nice ;) lol). Good luck.


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paradoxed258paradoxed258

Rated 4 / 5 stars

I like.

Good start to a series. Solid animation throughout and competant voice acting as well. Obsurd non-sequitor humor doesn't always hit me as funny, but this did a number of times. I'd say to work a bit on the main character's voice a bit. IMO it sounds like you're just reading the lines with enthusiasm, rather than acting. This flash oddly enough reminds me of Blockhead (I'm sure you've seen it here. If not, watch it now.) I'll be taking a look at your other series now.



vichy80vichy80

Rated 4 / 5 stars

This Is Refreshing

The voice acting REALLY carried the humor, in my opinion. Jacqueline is a great character because of this. The humor style of this was great, too.

Usually, when something is hilarious to me, graphics don't really mean too much; it helps, but it's not super crucial. The point is to entertain, and you did just that. I'll get to graphics here in a bit.

Seemed like the pacing slowed towards the end, but you pulled me in in the beginning. That's important. If it had started slow, and the graphics weren't exactly the best, then people would ignore something that was excellent contentwise. If it were completely for fun, then, cool.

Overall, you did an amazing job. Looking forward to more!!!

Looking forward to more.


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Neophyte-RoninNeophyte-Ronin

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Worthy Competitor to "Leo & Satan"

Ever since "Leo & Satan" hit on the Newgrounds scene, I have been patient and twiddling of the thumbs in anticipation for the next big supernatural comedic thriller to come through the Portal. "Jacqueline and the Spawn" takes a completely different course with the topic, often managing to surpass Oney's cartoons with substance over mere polish.

When Jacqueline's pet rock "dies" by her reckoning, she consults the INTRANETS and consults arcane summoning rites with a demon. In exchange, the demon curses her; to break it, she must slay the souls of nine sinners with her new possessive hand-puppet demon, the fiend's avatar, who she calls Kyle.

The first impressions of Jacqueline are priceless. She is quirky to a fault, excitable and irrational. The avatar demon plays a foil to counterbalance her. Judging by his controlling, sinister manner, we can guess that poor Jacqueline has an untapped sense of virtue who often gets side-railed, often by her overbearing older sister Diane. This is "cartoon" written all over; the author "Thornberry" has been in the background in Newgrounds for several years and has returned with her first 2011 project with a bang. The writing, voice direction, and simple art style make for an infectious ride.

The ending is anticlimactic, though. It isn't laced with a great deal of excitement, like a cliffhanger of sorts. Being that at least one deadly sin is addressed in the first episode (with a sexual reference that nearly hits the "M" octave when you hear it), we assume within eight episodes, we see the series ending. Cliffhangers might be necessary to keep viewer interest as well as author interest.

Another trouble is the music direction. While the voice-overs and exaggerated character postures convey the emotion well enough, the use of a dramatic soundtrack is crucial in cartoons. Some of the background music doesn't really capture the intended emotion and is pretty much "there". No real purpose. The only upswing is that the music changes according to the scene, suggesting that the author understands how to change a soundtrack but just lacks a diverse selection of songs that would work better.

"Jacqueline and the Spawn" seems like the Newgrounds equivalent of a summer blockbuster or series that could conclude sometime during Halloween, even though its themes operate well in any season. It contains enough absurdity alongside a cohesive, if hackneyed plot, making it the site's possible upcoming feel-good series of the year. Even though it got "Daily Second", it deserves a Front Page exhibit far more than "Mario's Wonderland".

Jacqueline vs. Leo:

Instead of portraying Satan as a good-intentioned, intemperate buddy and foil to some hapless young boy without convincing origin tale behind their association, filling their time with random paranormal happenstance that prove fatal, "Thornberry" takes a far more classical, Lovecraftian approach, with an emphasis on the external world's reaction to the titular protagonist's mingling with the underworld. She does not emphasize random events and surreal situations, preferring instead to exaggerate the emotions and inclinations of its lead and supporting cast.

While not as polished as Oney's take on supernatural happenings, "Jacqueline and the Spawn" shares its predecessor's ability to amuse and unsettle. It's hard to tell which of the pair--Jacqueline and Kyle--is the craziest, but they express their own versions of craziness that complement each other. The style of writing is quite feminine, which considers associations and relationships of greater importance over personal accomplishments.

Thornberry's style is character-driven rather than plot-driven. Still, she concocted a far more cohesive plot, rather than set poor Leo up for imminent doom. It's also maturer than "Leo & Satan", not by much, but nowhere near as extreme; the lack of profanity reflects upon her ability to generate laughs without kowtowing to Newgrounds' classic "extreme" stance, which proves refreshing.

Oney might just have a worthy competitor in Thornberry....


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