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The first episode of Zombie Doll!
I recall seeing the trailer for this series and not thinking too much about it. I wasn't awestruck by the trailer by no means, in fact, I was a little disappointed with the worksmanship of the animation; it seemed lazy and botched together with scotch tape. The characters felt like 2 dimensional beings that would belong as a part of the scenery rather than a character with an interesting developing personality. And I was definitely worried that the writing just wouldn't be funny.
Actually sitting down and watching the first episode, however, has changed my perspective quite a bit i must say. It seems like your drawings have just enough detail and your animations have just enough frames... Combine that with the excellent voice acting, and it really felt like the characters popped out enough to bring interest towards them their personalities. And the script was executed beyond adequately; the writing is genuinely solid enough to merit comedic value and intriguing plot development.
I think the only gripe I still have with this is it's animation. While it's certainly a good enough improvement from the trailer, it does seem a little stiff at times, with most of the animation still bring put into the lipsync and not much else. Still, the fact that you were arsed enough to lipsync in the first place is commendable, to say the least. If there was more animation in the characters, for example, more hand gestures when they speak, it would certainly improve the quality of the flash, in my honest opinion.
This is seriously one of the most honest and straight forward reviews I've read in a long time, and I can't disagree with anything in here.
The truth is that I've always seen myself as a writer and director more than an animator in general, so I take absolutely no offense to anything said here. This cartoon in particular utilized a lot of shortcuts as it was meant to be a proof of concept for us to pitch to the networks with, hoping that if we were to make the full show we would have a budget and some people who are actually good at animating haha. It served its purpose as the show was purchased and then subsequently died in development, but in releasing it to an audience I do wish that I had put a bit more into it.
But yeah, your review and advice were definitely well put and something I will take with me into my next endeavor.
Thanks a ton.
I didn't like the animation work that much, not fluid at all, the script was funny though, and well constructed
Well, not bad. Seems promising as an ongoing series thing.
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