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Eulogy For 'Kyle & Bill Ep. 1'

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04-04-12 – 08-22-12

Author Comments

I made this for the heck of it, if it gets good reception I'll try to make more.

Thanks so much to Sacros for making a program which lets me add a Pre-loader to my stuff!

This was made with MsPaint and Sony Vegas, enjoy :)

Reviews


JimmyTheCaterpillarJimmyTheCaterpillar

Rated 5 / 5 stars

THIS WAS THE BEST THING EVER. Just hilarious. Congratulations. You've made it to my top five.

5/5
10/10
Favorited? YES!


skerry2006ajskerry2006aj

Rated 5 / 5 stars

amazing of fun!


Sad-ClownSad-Clown

Rated 3 / 5 stars

The audio on your vocal track has a lot of background noise. If you can't elliminate it my dampening the room then put a limiter on the track. If that doesn't work you could just capture the room tone and keep it over the whole video so you don't notice when it the vox clip in and out.


albis111albis111

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

one word... wow


WingZero75WingZero75

Rated 4 / 5 stars

That was actually pretty good.


OttoOtto

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Neat production. Sadly 'neat production' is what you seem to work hardest on instead of your writing or animation. Put less time into those ComedyCentral-style intros and outros and more into everything else.

I understand your software limitations but stop giving that excuse when alternatives have been offered to you. This leaves you to focus on your writing and other parts of production - however, this is not an insult but an observation - all your videos seem to use a near identical stagnant humour. Long pauses, expressions of confusion and 'oh jeez hyuk hyuk' and a delve into the 'random'.

Visually there's not much going on. Your attempts to shade actually detract because the light source never changes.

But after all this I still totally commend what you're doing and keep at it, because it's the people like you who do it for the love of it that get somewhere. All I'm trying to say is don't make excuses for yourself and improve the bits that need improving - stop making series only to cancel them. Follow things through.

Good luck.


TacticalT0MAT0TacticalT0MAT0

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

some people like that guy below me, only seem to like professional animations, and dont appretiate videos like this. dont let those people get to you.


jgb0101jgb0101

Rated 5 / 5 stars

this was really funny in a weird way


JomillexJomillex

Rated 5 / 5 stars

very nice!
This is a very good idea! I can't wait for the next one!
Favorited and 5'd


NekoMikaNekoMika

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This was pretty funny and it seems Kyle tends to have a disregard for things and just breaking the fourth wall as well just to make Bill feel weird. The animation itself was pretty nice.

The story was nice in that Kyle and Bill watch stuff on TV. They get bored and go to a store which Kyle sets on fire for fun, he then is on fire and suddenly not showing a disregard for physics. Then Kyle sounds rather like he was freaked out a bit.

The audio here is nice but having up some noise reducer in front of the microphone would be nice so that there is no sine sounds being picked up in the background when Kyle or Bill are speaking their lines.

The graphics here were very simple except the fire that was added which had a real look to it when the store was on fire.

Overall, I feel this could be promising should you do more episodes. I would recommend doing a microphone setup so that only voices are heard and no extra sounds.

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Winrar1337Winrar1337

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

This is alright, but I honestly didn't find it funny.

Graphics:
It was all rather simple looking. There was hardly ever a color other than white, black, or grey. Most of the objects weren't very interesting looking, like the empty white background when they were at the store or the characters' heads, which were little more than shaded circles with faces. The shading usually worked pretty well, but occasionally seemed a bit off, especially at parts when the back of Kyle's head is visible. It often didn't seem to have any relation to a perceived light source.

I don't often like the usage of a video within an animation, and I still think it would have worked better if everything that occurred on the television screen had been animated rather than being a short video clip, but I suppose it wasn't so bad in this case. The use of real fire was more of a problem for me. It looked better than it usually does when someone uses real fire in an animation, and it was easy to tell what it was, but it just didn't fit in at all. I'm sure it would have looked much better if you had animated it yourself.

In spite of these issues, some things were pretty well done. The perspective was pretty good; it appeared three dimensional most of the time, especially while they were on the couch and being viewed at an angle. The store didn't look very three dimensional, which is understandable since it was being viewed from the front, but I think you could have done something with it to make it appear three dimensional as well.

The movement was usually smooth. There was one part in which Kyle turned around a bit but there was no indication of movement, he just seemed to instantly change the direction he was facing. I also didn't like that the characters, especially Kyle, would often just shake up and down when they spoke. It's understandable that you had to give some indication that Kyle was the one talking since he was wearing a mask and you can't see his mouth moving, but I'm sure you could have done something else that makes more sense, like including some hand gestures, or at least reducing his up and down movement. It would also help if only his head moved like that when he spoke rather than his entire body.

Audio:
The voices could have been a bit better. There was a little background noise when the characters spoke, which is barely noticeable, but it's there. It's at least easy enough to understand what the characters are saying that subtitles weren't necessary. The occasional sound effects worked pretty well, though I wonder why the sound of the television suddenly stops during the conversation regarding Kyle's mask. It would have worked better if it continued until their sudden appearance at the store, or if there was a reason for the television suddenly being turned off.

I do like the song during the end credits, and the way that the credits change at a speed that matches the rhythm of the music.

Concept:
This animation features two characters: Kyle and Bob. Not much about Bob's character is revealed in this first episode, other than that he's clearly more sane (and apparently less powerful) than Kyle. Kyle is quite insane and random; he always wears a mask for a nonsensical reason and apparently likes to start fires in stores for fun. This animation was interesting to watch, but I didn't really like the humor. It's too heavily dependent on randomness, disarray, and long pauses for its humor, which doesn't amuse me at all anymore. The pauses could even be a bit irritating at times. They just took up time unnecessarily.

Overall:
The graphics and audio were decent, though it could definitely appear more interesting. It needs better humor and shorter/fewer pauses.

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MistyEntertainmentMistyEntertainment

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The animation/art style reminds me of a series on YouTube called TCP or "The Couch Potatoes" by Lubin - by any chance, were you inspired by that? Like that series, you also drew your characters in MS Paint and animated them with Sony Vegas. The visual presentation of this movie is quite a mixed bag.

I'm not going to deduct any points or fault you for the simplistic visuals, as I realize you were aiming for a certain style with this, or you just don't have the equipment to make something with Flash. So, instead, I'm going to give you pointers on how to pull off this kind of style more effectively.

First of all, the round heads. I see that you just used a circle for a head. A lot of times, a circle that isn't perfectly round looks much better than a circle that IS perfectly round, and an imperfect circle looks better. I'm not saying a squiggly, poorly-drawn circle would be better, but I guess this is one of the few instances in which I recommend Cyanide & Happiness as reference material.

I also personally think the eyes are too close together. If you can make them a little further from each other, it'd look so much better.

The fire in the store did not fit, in my opinion. A not-so-good animated loop of fire super-imposed on the store would've looked better. The real stock footage of fire put there felt very... out of place.

I enjoyed the voice work presented in this submission, felt very fitting for both of the character's personalities. The mic quality is decent, as well.

I'm not a big fan of the humor, quite honestly - I know many people would probably find this funny, but I'm still going to elaborate:

A lot of the humor here appears to be derived from awkward pauses. Of course, this can be very funny if used in moderation, but it was overused here. Ah, I see a blend of character-driven humor thrown in here as well.

Some parts were funny like the "Scene missing" part, that was pretty good and well-executed. Also

"I thought it'd be funny, but it was just sad."

There wasn't what I would call a specific direction to this movie, it was mostly random occurrences. Though, in cases like this, it's tolerable since you managed to avoid many of the bad things novice animators do, congratulations. I guess it's kinda like one of those movies that sound bad on paper, but are good when watched. ("Kyle and Bill watch TV. Kyle sets a store on fire and catches on fire!")

So, overall, besides some minor flaws, you executed this very well. I'm looking forward to any future episodes! Good luck on any future endeavors.


HaggardHaggard

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This one really is a mixed bag. The graphics aren't really good. This doesn't come as a surprise, since you did it all in MS Paint. But the flash still is enjoyable to watch, because you managed to animated the MS Paint drawings quite well. Also, the pacing of the story is pretty good. There are no drawn out scenes where the silence is too long and yet we have enough time to visually grasp a scene and understand what's going on.

The humour was very random, which can be a good thing, but it can be a bad thing as well. Here, I thought it was hilarious. "You are on fire!" - "Correction, was on fire."
Stuff like this really IS funny, so good job there.

There really aren't too many suggestions I can give you. Maybe you should put a little more effort into the drawings, because they did look a bit sloppy from time to time. But on the other hand, MS Paint really doesn't give you too much tools to work with, so the extra effort just might not pay off in the end.

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CoopCoop

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

A little too much emphasis has been placed on breaking the fourth wall here, but this is a good cartoon. There could stand to be additional things done to it, to give more of an impression, but I'll go into them in more detail.

The writing was decent, except that it jumped around a little too much, to make sense. Breaking the fourth wall, by stating "it's a cartoon" is a cop-out, so think about other ways of getting around it.

The sound recordings for the voices have backing effects over them, which becomes very noticeable when you put them against nothing else. Some backing music, or sound from the TV would help you out here, giving you something to work with. Perhaps consider using a pop-guard for your recording.

As for your animation, it's alright, but could do with a little extra, in the form of colour and perhaps additional animation "gimmicks" or length of the production.

I hope to see more in Episode 2.

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SigmaNoobSigmaNoob

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Me like. I am impressed, cause this is on MS paint. Good job.

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