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Apr 29, 2012 | 3:58 AM EDT
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This is a project we've been working on for a while now. This was one rough ride for a first cartoon, but from all the effort we gained valuable experience that will ensure that our future projects will have top-notch quality and better reflect our much improved skills. Special thanks to everyone involved and everyone who's supported our ideas.

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classroomdjclassroomdj

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This reminds me of Austin Powers so much!


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ShinyPlasticKittyShinyPlasticKitty

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

As an epileptic, I found this pretty entertaining. Animation is a bit jumpy, but better than a lot of people's first cartoons, so I can't complain. I look forward to future projects from you.


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Neophyte-RoninNeophyte-Ronin

Rated 4 / 5 stars

What a way to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month.

"Epiclepsy" is about a man with a seizure-inducing neurological disorder who is mistaken for a world-class heroic secret agent capable of unraveling a mad doctor's volatile schemes. The joke is that he is totally unaware that his spasms cause this stuff to happen. When he finally comes to, he is a world-class hero without recollection as to how or why.

This is how a "First-Time Flash Cartoon" should turn out: littered with bugs, but actually complete with good demonstration of knowledge and technique. It's not a perfect-polish piece by any means though: sound effects are absent and, if you insist, you should have at least one solid lady voice-over, because we can tell the difference, and having a guy make an attempt is miserably counter-funny. The art design uses painted backgrounds to generate a true television cartoon feel circa 1990s and earlier, while the simplistic design keeps animating characters a reasonable affair.

Perhaps in a bad way, the protagonist suffers from epilepsy, which causes seizures and conscious black-outs. It's interesting to see a character with a known type of neurological or psychiatric illness get billed as one who will save the world. It's refreshing since most depictions of mental illness are often very negative, especially among the Newgrounds community. Even so, the depiction is not terribly flattering: his buddies decide to haul him to the dance floor and draw attention from the ladies, and virtually everybody is oblivious to him having a condition. Granted, that's one of the running gags, but to be perfectly honest, it's often an insult since the condition is invisible to outsiders until a noticeable symptom arises. It's called being stigmatized or, for a more approachable term, discriminated against.

Despite these concerns, the biggest mess would be the crudity of the design paired with the atrocious file size. Is this really a Flash or some other data file? There are techniques and procedures that help reduce the size of a file. It sounds like nitpicking--maybe it is--but one of the first things one must learn is that there are ways to keep that stuff down to a trickle. Just because technology has improved doesn't mean we can get away with submitting dozens of MB just for a few minutes of product.

Oh, and get a pop filter. Some people have been complaining.

Overall, this is impressive for a first effort. It's depiction of a debilitating disorder is, at times, questionable, but the intent is all in good fun, perhaps to elevate the illness from being a disability or simply to raise awareness of it. It couldn't have happened at a better time, so despite nagging technical issues across the board, I'll give it an additional star.


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vampsquirrelvampsquirrel

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Well it was pretty funny especially the ending but i noticed that some sounds were missing like when he ran into the metal wall or broke the cuffs. Thats a pet peeve of mine but other than that I liked it a lot.



nymixnymix

Rated 4 / 5 stars

I liked it at first, and was pretty entertained, but eventually I got a little bored and sort of stayed that way... until the ending, when he was on the boat. That was just... the ending was just really funny, actually. Unexpected and humorous, which is sort of an ideal combination. Good job on that.

The art wasn't that great, but I get the impression that was part of the humor. Especially during the part where you zoomed in on the evil scientist's face, which made me laugh, for some reason.