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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 3.5 / 5 stars

Awesome buuuuuut....

No Peach solo??


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The good thing is that im seeing this video about Super Mario RPG, the bad thing is that i never played that game =(


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


Not really bad, but the music is kind of annoying. That's my opinion at least. Other than that the animation is amazing, great job, keep up the good work.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Not bad at all but.....

I enjoyed the memories of the game this brought back I enjoyed this game but listening to this song is really what I would think about when I think about SMRPG thanks for the upload though


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Fantastic effort, but a little pitchy!

Now, I mean what I'm going to say with the utmost respect.

While the animation is a vast improvement over your previous effort (which I already thought was unique and suited itself), the music seems to detract from the redux. I definitely enjoyed the idea, but your singing is rather pitchy at crucial times. In mind are the highest notes in the chorus and the held out notes in the rap interlude. However, as a singer myself I will say I don't blame you for falling short there; sustained and high notes can be difficult to keep in tune! There are also moments where you drop notes too early before a measure is complete, which, to me, limit the wholeness of the phrase.

That's where the original truly shined in my opinion: the singing and mix. Not only was his singing very good, but his choice of rhythms was superb. I lose rhythm every time after the [fantastic] opera bridge with the tambourine and piano in your version. However, I will praise your choice of harmony; the layering was well done :P

So, tl;dr, the animation was excellent but the singing not the greatest choice. I appreciated your different direction this time around though, and I look forward to your improvements as an animator and singer. Hope I didn't sound like a jerk ^_^;