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Dec 13, 2012 | 3:31 PM EST

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Here it is, my bread and butter since October 15th, the black hole into which I disappeared for two months. It's the story of a polar bear that leaves the zoo in search of his home. I would like to quickly apologize for the terribly large file size; there are a lot of effects in here, and I didn't want to completely butcher the audio quality. Again, I apologize.

The idea for the story was loosely inspired by Gus, the neurotic, depressed polar bear from the Central Park Zoo. Gus's polar bear friend/bff/companion, Ida, was euthanized a bit over a year ago, and I just toyed with that situation to create the idea for this video.

This was my final project for my intro to digital media class; I chose to animate a music video for my friends' song. It's not what I would consider the usual Newgrounds fare in theme or sound, but I hope you all enjoy it just the same.

The Great Earth Experiment is no longer together, but I've included links to the Bandcamp and Facebook of the members' new band at the end of the video. The music is pay what you want (read as "free"), so there's no reason you shouldn't download it. You could even download it to make fun of it, if that's what you're into.

Edit: Thanks a million for the front page! I have officially completed one of the goals I've had since my first cartoon got blammed back in '05. Eight years later, and it still feels damn good.

Updated video: I just uploaded an MP4 version that should alleviate any loading/lag problems you might experience. It also has some polished bits that weren't present when I first uploaded it. For instance, the running scene in the beginning should look quite a bit nicer/more natural now.

Reviews


PIED3PIED3

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars December 14, 2012

Ah wow, i love it.
You've got a decent undistracting art style and whilst some parts looked a little sloppy (the two lines of blood on the bears fur, the log bridge, etc.) there were also some beautiful moments. The parallex effect on the changing scenes as the bear travels was nicely done and there were some cool environments.
I quite liked the music too and as a music video it was certainly well timed with pertinent imagery too ( i liked it when the bear stopped to look at the sun/moon). The concept was my favorite thing though and the story was really swell, especially the ending. I thought the animation was good too and i'm a sucker for some nice fbf.
A great experience!


dylan responds:

Thanks for the kind words! I definitely agree that there are some less than stellar parts, the log bridge being high up there on my list as well; sacrifices were made to fully finish the video by the deadline, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it overall!


EZacaEZaca

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars February 1, 2013

Very sad, but very beautiful!


dylan responds:

Thank you!


xatharonxatharon

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars January 30, 2013

Great short. The animation was perfect in my opinion. The art kind of drives home the theme. It could have used a few different angles to break up the visuals. A long distance shot or topview could have emphasized the loneliness of the journey. Presenting the protagonist in a close up and taking so much of the screen focuses too much on him and not on his plight. By varying the visuals, as you did at the end, it keeps the viewer engaged.
Good song too.


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dylan responds:

This response is gonna have spoilers to those of you whom have not yet watched. Be warned.

I definitely see where you're coming from, but I can't say I agree. I feel limiting the more powerful shots to important moments helps reinforce their power/emphasis. If I do a longshot every scene, it won't be as special during that final underwater scene. Right now, the longshot there emphasizes the end of the journey/giving up. There are three moments where you get that really wide angle in the short, and each serves a specific purpose: the city scene (introducing the outside world to the protagonist), the log bridge (one of the first major dangers, though I really feel this one could have been scrapped/changed), and the underwater shot.

The keeping of one style of shot for most of the animation also, from my perspective at least, adds a specific tone to the short. Like the bear is so extremely absorbed in what he is doing that none of the world around him even exists as far as he's concerned. It's a long journey, and he's only looking for the end. To him, nothing else matters. Just my own opinion on the matter, though.

However, you're probably right as far as keeping the viewers engaged goes; I'll definitely be keeping what you said in mind when working on any other visually large animations. Thanks for the opinions and the review! And I apologize for this way too long response.


5Camo55Camo5

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars December 16, 2013

Animation was fluid with a few slight improvable points. Choice of music was superb to drive the message "home" of this music animation. Great work!


dylan responds:

Well, it was a music video, so it wasn't so much "choice of music" as it was "choice of visuals."


RainerZufallRainerZufall

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars January 31, 2013

Great animation and I liked the song, fit together perfectly.


dylan responds:

Thanks! I'm also happy with how well the tones matched.