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IAMW, Charlie Brown

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Jun 15, 2011 | 12:26 PM EDT
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Full Title: "It's A Mad World, Charlie Brown"

After being kicked from his baseball team Charlie Brown struggles to maintain his sanity.

Note: Don't forgot to check out the extras for more back-story.
+ Small Easter Egg in the art gallery

Also on YouTube: tch?v=1XzhIlQAEpU



Rated 4 / 5 stars

The animation and voice work is excellent. I apologize for the lower rating it's just that I have always loved the Charlie Brown series as a child, and although you have captured the dry wit and angst of the series beautifully I have been forever traumatized from one of my beloved childhood favorites. I do appreciate the choice of music for this animation as well. You can tell that you all have put some real work into this animation. So sorry about the 8, but the giant red eye totally sent me into wtf mode. Great animation none the less!

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NEXTVIEW-Designs responds:

Haha, no problem. That's actually pretty understandable.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

well done :o

liked the animation, my screensaver popped up right when the cleaver hit Lucy, so i was like :O! whats gonna happen and i see nyan cat pop up. shat myself. anyways, nice parody :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

it looks..

slolid and very profesional. Great i enjoyed it. who doen't know this cartoon. Snoopy is still my all time favourite.

btw. Did you by any means watched the movie 'Donnie Darko'? hehe because i never heard the sad song except in that movie. maybe you did to. The main character of that film was as psycho as this little guy. coincidence?

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NEXTVIEW-Designs responds:

Yup, love the movie, love the soundtrack. Thanks for the review!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

wait a minute... this is 15 MB

It wouldn't even let me upload a 10.1 MB vid... awesome though


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Nicely, Nicely Done.

Overall, a nicely done project. Well drawn and animated; I think the animation quality may be better than some of the old television programs. The voice acting was in good-excellent territory. Charlie Brown's voice didn't seem quite right, and the accent seems to have changed a bit during the course of the flash.

I'm not sure that putting this flash under "comedy" was the right choice. Parody, I can give you. And you did a great job in sticking with the context of the original characters, and then skewering them slightly by amplifying their personality flaws. What worked best for me is that you painted Lucy in a bit more sympathetic light and attempted to give some context to her bullying of Charlie Brown. That makes her fate a bit more sypathetic, a tragic meeting between two souls under different forms of torture. I didn't see the story so much as CB trying to maintain his sanity, as much as trying to escape the constant failure and bullying.

Given the Judeo-Christian overtones of the comic strips, I liked that you turned that part of the mythology around to demonstrate how it could both oppress and liberate CB from his torment. A larger metaphor made apparent is the Charles Schultz/God connection. Schultz kept his creation, Charlie Brown, a victim of bad luck, failure, and bullying for nearly 50 years. Is God, as depicted in the strips and your flash, equivalent to Schultz, and if so, what do your comments on God really say about Schultz at the artist? And what does Schultz's treatment of his creation say about God in our culture? There's a stronger statement about God in the western world there, but I doubt most readers of this review want a dissertation on it.

The story did seem to drag on a bit, especially at the beginning. There wasn't enough mood establishment to justify a slow simmer up to the climax.

The inclusion of the extras was a great touch. This liberated you from having to drag down the main story with back story.

A really good effort. You certainly didn't phone it in with this flash. With some minor tweaking I suspect the second part will be near perfect.

NEXTVIEW-Designs responds:

True this isn't much of a comedy and even the term parody has comedic connotations that don't really apply. Yea, I think I'll move this over to drama. You're right about me trying to make Lucy more sympathetic by including the scene involving her unrequited love for Schroeder. Unrequited love was actually a pretty prevalent theme throughout the strips and specials, with many other characters experiencing it. I'm aiming to highlight this more in the sequel.

Regarding the religious element, it's a bit more toned down that what was written in the original script, but I'm glad people are still able to pick up on it. I've got a good plot device in mind for the 2nd part that should alleviate the slow pacing issues, but that remains to be seen. I appreciate the insightful review, thank you.