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SMRPG Waltz of the Forest

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Jul 9, 2011 | 12:01 AM EDT
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"Waltz of the Forest"
Performed by Final Boss
Vocals by Kirbopher
Rapping by ShadyVox
Opera by MusicalMike
Arrangement by Psyguy

"Rawest Forest" by Martin Hagwell
"Geno's Forest" by XBrav
"Beware the Forest Mushrooms" by Yoko Shimomura

Back in 2007, the last Flash animation I did as I was graduating High School and entering College was a music video based on "Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars" for the Super Nintendo, a game that I have over a decade of history with. Yoko Shimomura's music is a huge part of what's so amazing about this game, "Beware the Forest Mushrooms" (theme of the "Forest Maze" stage) being one of her most highly regarded compositions. DJ XBrav created a lyrical version of the song that took the internet by storm many years ago, evolving into a meme that fans of the game all know and love. Martin Hagwell later remixed this into the popular "Rawest Forest" song, which I later used as the song for the music video that has now received millions of views in the past several years.

Today, as the last Flash animation I'm doing as I graduate College and enter into the rest of my life: Myself, Blake "ShadyVox" Swift, Bryon "Psyguy" Beaubien and Musical Mike Patterson, have joined forces to bring you a new version of the popular Forest Maze composition from Super Mario RPG, paying tribute to both XBrav's and Marta's remixes as well as Yoko Shimomura's original piece. This animation was done over the course of two weeks, as opposed to the original music video that was finished in one week. I crammed in as many geeky references in there as I possibly could to show my appreciation for this amazing game and I hope everyone who's ever played Super Mario RPG will get a big smile in remembering all the fun stuff from Mario and company's adventures. Big thanks as well to my creative partners that helped in making this song and everyone who supported me during the animation process.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's good

There were some parts of this remix that weren't as good as Marta's though, so when I watched this expecting the most perfect version of the song, it let me down a little. For example, the voice of the goomba at the start just seems to cut abruptly into the next part of the song (the timing didn't seem quite right to me, and that kind of thing can really throw off the mood of the song). If the remix (mostly concerning the vocal parts) was a bit more fleshed out, I would consider this a 9 or 10.

The animation was nicely arranged, and crammed in a good amount of references to SMRPG as well. Overall it was a good flash for a great game, both entertaining and nostalgic. Good work to all involved, and good luck Chris on your future work.


Rated 1 / 5 stars


At any point while animating this did you stop to think "Wow, this is really gay"?
Yes you like video games. Yes you like Nintendo.
We get it.

Your talents are being wasted on this childish video game bullcrap.
Join the rest of us and grow up.

Kirbopher responds:

No! I didn't. I thoroughly enjoyed myself working on this video for the two weeks it took me to make it. It was NOT a waste of my time, in any way shape or form. I've "grown up and joined you" long since, as I've been working on original and freelance projects first and foremost during the entire production of this video. I'm terribly sorry my self-celebrating trip down memory lane by -doing something I wanted to do- ruined your day. But no, please, don't waste your precious sighs on me. I'm sure you have far better things to do than take 5 minutes out of your day to be horribly offended by my mere existence.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

love it

it reminds me of all of the annoying parts of that game it still makes me want to go play it and i will right now


Rated 5 / 5 stars


i listen a lot to the first one, but this is just epic!!!!


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

It's good.

Great animation, good style, some brilliant referances (electroplankton i'm looking at you.) and a great variety of composition in the lyrics. However as much as I like this as an animation, the musical essence of the song is below expectations, the cluttered vocals grate against your musical direction- you switch from singing to a rap that busts into opera in an alarming transformation. The background music, in paying tribute to the original mixes is great but my point here is that better vocal structure really would have improved this flash. That said, i've listened to it three times now and overall you lot have done a grand job.

Less harmonies though guys, you are not a barber shop quartet. ;)