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Kagemono: The Shadow Folk

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Jun 21, 2012 | 12:52 AM EDT
  • Frontpaged June 25, 2012
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My fourth year film at Calarts!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's tricky to give this a review on Newgrounds. ON NEWGROUNDS, it is fantastic. But that's because it's surrounded by a lot of terrible stuff. I think it's important instead to judge this outside of Newgrounds, in the world of real animation.

In that realm, this was very cute and nicely animated, but it really made no sense. It seemed cute for the sake of cute. The driving motivation of the characters felt shallow and empty, though. It was like some sugary cake covered in icing. Very sweet and nice to look at, but no filling substance. It was animation for animation sake, instead of telling a concrete story with real characters.

That's not to say it was BAD, it's just you need to focus on connecting the characters to actions for a reason, rather than just having actions because it's cute (or you feel like it should be that way). Ollie Johnston once said "YouĆ¢EUTMre not supposed to animate drawings. YouĆ¢EUTMre supposed to animate feelings." I didn't get "feelings" from these characters. When the fox was sad, it was sad because it made little whimpering noises, not because inside it felt sad, if that makes sense.

Your sense of design was quite lovely, and in that regard A+. Once you couple that with compelling characters whose actions are real and true, you'll be set! Keep at it, because you clearly have some great skill to bring to the industry. Much luck!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Cute little movie,I have no idea why its under judgment.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Awesome animation, cute, and great story line. Skeleton dog was really cool. The music was great too.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Gave you 4 cuz used stupid newgrounds player


Rated 4 / 5 stars

nice animation, i liked your animation style and the story line was good

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