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Moon Diary

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Aug 3, 2011 | 6:18 PM EDT

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WARNING: This animation is 30 MINUTES LONG. Be prepared for this.

That said, it is my personal belief that it is worth it.

A lonely, childlike moon keeps a diary of his depression, boredom, and recurring nightmares. His daily realities seem to be based on dream logic: clouds with bovine personalities, teeth with eyes and mailmen who fly in balloons. He writes about his very few friends, an invisible person, a pack of wolves, and a boy who lives in space on a garbage pile, protecting the earth from debris. The moon mopes along his 'horrible as usual' orbit, as the invisible one suffers with his own surreal identity crisis while desperately trying to reach out to the moon. Moon Diary is 7 days through the eyes of this gentle sky rock.

Based on characters and comics by Erin Tanner with animation by Curtis Randolph and Charlie Daugherty; Moon Diary (2010) creates a world with a simple, bright surface on an enigmatic, dark and maze-like core.

If you want "pause" and "chapter select," this animation is also up on YouTube. Just search for "Moon Diary" and scroll past all the Sailor Moon garbage. :)

Music by June Madrona. Check out the bicycle records store to buy June Madrona albums, or the Moon Diary DVD, which includes bonus content!



Rated 5 / 5 stars


good story.......heart breaking :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

i love it

great history, great animation, great music.
awesome work!!!!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


This is a realy good movie i realy like it
its supose to be in the first place!!!!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Thoughtful, and well animated!

Great soundtrack & sound effects that you used. I loved the playfulness & originality of many of the story lines. Even when some of them seemed less meaningful to me, they were still really interesting to watch.

There is one minor detail in the animation that should be cleaned up. At the end, when the lunar cycle runs once through, a small horizontal beige line appears while the animation is progressing. It persists into the final fade-to-black, and it looks like a row of burnt pixels or something (which is why I noticed it).

You clearly put a ton of work into producing this, and I really hope you're satisfied with it, because I think it's a great bit of animation you've put together here. Kudos!


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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

That was beautiful

Such a sad, touching piece. The voice acting could have been a little bit better, but other than that, it was phenomenal. I just wish the moon didn't have to die in the end T-T

I know that I'm not supposed to reference other reviews, but KKDudeIMcShmatz's analysis seemed spot on. Truly a great metaphor for our move away from our natural roots and towards the artificiality of modern times, and the harm it can cause.