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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.



Rated 4 / 5 stars January 30, 2013

I'm not a big fan of the song, but it's definitely not bad, like 6.5/10. But the use of animation with it works really well. I feel like there's a bit too much recycling of work though. The walk cycle is so short that its constantly looping just comes across as lazy where as the obvious intent is to showcase the monotony of the journey and the bears determination. The sort of sloppiness to the style of the drawings works in it's favor but only so much. When such a central part of the animation is "walk to the right", you need to try drawing it again so that it can interrupt the repetitiveness, or just make the walk cycle much longer.

I kept wondering how you were going to end it, and was pleasantly surprised. I didn't feel like the animation was too long at all or boring, which seems to what others are saying, it just let the focus go to the music and didn't try to compete too much for the attention.

The execution is flawed, but the work as a whole is decent. Work harder on the next project, no more lazy animating.

dylan responds:

This song's not necessarily my favorite of theirs either, but the tone matched up too well to pick another. That's some damn good advice for me to keep in mind next time I'm working on something in this sort of style, and I'm glad to see that you got the idea behind making it a very somber, monotonous journey.

My original intent was to have a different walk cycle at each stage of the journey, starting with the regular one and finishing with a labored limp, but time was my better; the walk cycles ended up being one of the artistic sacrifices that I needed to make in order to meet the deadline. Thanks for the awesome critique!


Rated 4 / 5 stars January 31, 2013

I did not order any feels, but you delivered it anyways. Well done

dylan responds:

I do try my best.


Rated 2 / 5 stars January 30, 2013

Despite the fact that he only had two legs at first, I'm glad to see that the bear grew another two so he could walk normally.

dylan responds:

I took this critique back to the animation lab. Your qualm has been resolved in the updated video.


Rated 2 / 5 stars January 31, 2013

Te animation is quite nice, though slightly repetitive. It could've used a little more variety, and having the polar bear walking and only the background changing to convey the sense of travel was nice (although slightly overused) the first time. The third, I was weary.

The song was nice though and fit really well with the animation. But I felt cheated by the ending. I fell that ending whatever with "...but it was just a dream" is cheating the audience out of a proper ending and is one of the cheapest gimmicks for giving a punch to a piece. If not for that, I would've given at least one more.

Nonetheless, keep up! I'm sure there's even better stuff where that game from!

dylan responds:

Well, I can't argue with your opinion. Suffice it to say that I'm sorry you did not enjoy what I had planned out as the driving image and thematic style behind this animation.

As for the ending, that came about with the final chord of the song being strummed in a different manner. After listening to the song a few times while story boarding, I decided there was no other way to end it; couldn't be a happy ending on that note. There were, however, a few other scrapped ideas for the ending (one where he drowned, one where he was killed by the gunshot, and one where he died in the desert), but I felt that none of them conveyed the same idea of emotional isolation that was such a prevalent theme of the short. I do sincerely thank you for the honest thoughts, though.


Rated 1 / 5 stars January 30, 2013

Soooooooooooo boring.......

dylan responds:

I know, right? I wonder what piece of shit made this awful animation. Probably some total loser.