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Newgrounds Wiki: Flash Portal History 2001

The year 2001 was an interesting time for Newgrounds. We saw the introduction of the Clock Crew, as well as the response to September 11th and the resulting War on Terror.

January

The year started well enough, with some genre-bending submissions to the Portal. The first episode of Stone Trek was released, with great production values and a novel twist on Star Trek and The Flinstones. Diego Zuberbuhler's "Neo Bender" series was also a treat for the eyes, with a great Matrix / Futurama crossover to boot.

I got a personal morale boost thanks to Will Stamper's latest submission, Keeblur. This had to be the best Newgrounds-themed submission yet. We were also introduced to Edmund McMillen, with his disturbing story, "Destination: Egg!" Edmund would go on to create the popular PC game, Gish. We both won prizes at the 2005 Independent Game Festival, although Edmund was the only one who used it as an opportunity to propose to his girlfriend. They're married now.

  • Stone Trek: Episode 1
    Stone Trek: Episode 1 by BrianMatthews

    Star Trek meets The Flintstones in this zany Flash series!

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    132,469 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Neo-Bender
    Neo-Bender by Bicentennial

    Futurama meets Matrix kind of thing...

    Score
    3.18 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    751,826 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Keeblur
    Keeblur by Stamper

    Nah.

    Score
    3.72 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    223,056 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Destination Egg!
    Destination Egg! by Bluebaby

    Must Get to egg!

    Score
    3.62 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,267,210 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
February

Things were really heating up when All Your Base hit the Portal. A parody of the poorly translated intro to Zero Wing on the Sega Genesis, the AYB phenomenon was one of our biggest "viral" hits to date, resulting in a collection of spoofs and tributes by other Flash artists.

Due to the large number of stick movies on Newgrounds, it was only a matter of time before someone took a stand. Ben Spurgin delighted audiences with his Stick Slayer movies.

We also saw the introduction of Eskimo Bob, a goofy series that I thought I would one day see on TV, but never did.

  • all yor base r blong 2 us
    all yor base r blong 2 us by Bad-CRC

    All your base are belong to us!

    Score
    4.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,507,103 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Stick Slayer: Episode One
    Stick Slayer: Episode One by Ben-Spurgin

    The Stick Slayer: Episode 1 - The Final Battle. CRAP HAS A NEW ENEMY!

    Score
    3.63 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    234,862 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Eskimo Bob 3
    Eskimo Bob 3 by toma

    crazy old maurice

    Score
    3.71 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    70,001 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
March

A lot of long-running shows got their start this year. Check out the premier episodes of College University and Soft Outer Crust!

"Hostage Situation 2" and "Out of this World" both raised the bar for visual presentation in a Flash movie!

While I can't really call it a Newgrounds classic, I still get a kick out of "The Final Dump." Submissions like that eventually led to the scat collection, which I imagine has chased a number of people away from NG over the years. Sorry.

  • College University pt 1
    College University pt 1 by Parks2

    Two college bound kids are off to face the world

    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    565,029 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Soft Outer Crust Ep#4
    Soft Outer Crust Ep#4 by daveteatro

    The S.O.C. characters have a small tiff involving a certain matching pair of pantaloons.

    Score
    3.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    108,048 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Hostage Situation 2
    Hostage Situation 2 by Beast0

    A cliché movie of a SWAT team hostage rescue!

    Score
    3.98 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    367,353 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • *Out Of This World 1*
    *Out Of This World 1* by smokeshow

    I spent 150+ hours on this movie.... eheh so I hope you like it... it's got blood

    Score
    3.78 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    128,489 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • The Final Dump
    The Final Dump by smokeshow

    Well it's grosse.... Read the title and use your imagination!

    Score
    3.69 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    229,874 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
April

Stick movies had always been popular on Newgrounds but they reached a whole new level with the arrival of Xiao Xiao from China. The fluid stick fighting raised the bar and set the standard for all future stick movies. Stick Slayer has his work cut out for him!

  • Xiao Xiao No. 3
    Xiao Xiao No. 3 by Zhu

    Not the normal stick figure movie.....

    Score
    4.13 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    5,433,838 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
May

Neil Cicierega (aka Trapezoid, aka Lemon Demon) joined Newgrounds at the request of a fan who asked him to submit his Animutations to the site. "Hyakugojyuuichi!!" started the whole animutation phenomenon, but Neil didn't stop there. You would see his name again years later, with hits such as The Ultimate Showdown and his other Lemon Demon videos.

Jato got the ball rolling on his long-running "Kegel" series and "Kermit Kombat" made us all fans of Pinnicle, who has since created the Ask Al Pigeoni series.

  • Hyakugojyuuichi!!
    Hyakugojyuuichi!! by Trapezoid

    Hyakugojyuuichi-- The most famous Animutation

    Score
    4.46 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    567,884 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • kegel & enrique iglesias
    kegel & enrique iglesias by jato

    kegel tries to spontaneously combust

    Score
    3.73 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    112,711 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Kermit Kombat
    Kermit Kombat by Pinnicle

    Kermit Kombat: featuring Pinnicle, Kermit, and BoB

    Score
    3.94 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    804,362 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
June

PsychoGoldfish secured his role as one of NG's top game developers, with the release of Mini Putt! Talk about addictive! This was an early precursor to PG's now-defunct Mini-Putt Online.

Mario Twins proved that the best Mario movies don't need sprites, or even very good artwork.

  • Mini Putt
    Mini Putt by PsychoGoldfish

    A Mini Golf Game

    Score
    3.77 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,360,765 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Mario Twins (official)
    Mario Twins (official) by LuigiPlaysBass

    Yeah, you like that, IDIOT.

    Score
    4.05 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,676,578 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
July

I made the mistake of pointing users to a silly web-page, resulting in a collection of Mikey cartoons and games.

The premier of Deep Fried Live, one of the more polished series on NG at the time, was released this month.

We were also joined by Matzerath, who remains one of the funniest artists on the site, IMO.

  • No Luck Mikey!
    No Luck Mikey! by Razoric

    Mikey has no luck with the girls!

    Score
    3.73 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    170,465 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • DFL: Short Order - Sushi
    DFL: Short Order - Sushi by agro23

    Just a snack between episodes.

    Score
    3.76 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    117,479 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Worst Case Scenarios
    Worst Case Scenarios by Matzerath

    A set of tips to assist survival in the event of a ninja attack

    Score
    4.08 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    237,832 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
August

August 15th is a date that may sound familiar to regular NG visitors. That's because it's CLOCK DAY! Clock Day celebrates the events the unfolded as a result of this single submission:

  • B
    B by StrawberryClock

    B

    Score
    3.81 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,364,173 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
That's right, the letter B. No one really knows HOW it passed through the Portal without getting blammed, but it was an inspiration to crappy Flash authors everywhere. Imitators soon began to spam the Portal under the Clock name and thus, the Clock Crew was born. At first annoying, then amusing, now cherished, the Clock Crew has an interesting history.

This month also pumped up the Jam with Evilzug's infectious "Work It!" video and introduced the world to Jim the Cat.

When you see a Mario vs Sonic movie, remember that it all started here!

  • Work It! - Olskoo NES
    Work It! - Olskoo NES by evilzug

    Zug goes nucking futs.

    Score
    4.10 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,938,762 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Mario VS. Sonic  (VGDC)
    Mario VS. Sonic (VGDC) by Randy-Solem

    It has begun...

    Score
    4.04 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,672,754 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
September

September started off all well and good. "From my Room" was one of the best submissions EVER and EntropicOrder had just released Rooftop Skater, one of the most addictive games on the site. No one thought the world was about to change...

  • "From my Room"
    "From my Room" by Neanderthal

    a simple story

    Score
    3.96 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,177,547 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Rooftop Skater 1
    Rooftop Skater 1 by EntropicOrder

    Rooftop Skater is a high-quality extreme game!

    Score
    3.39 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    11,248,297 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
September 11

This was the year of the terrorist attacks in NYC. We've never seen a single event result in such an outpouring of submissions. Some of them were great, many were crap. They touched on a whole range of human emotions: sadness, anger and fear.

  • 9/11/01
    9/11/01 by Inim

    A day which will not do anything for your transcript.

    Score
    3.51 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    321,871 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Floor:83
    Floor:83 by MindChamber

    Shattered Steel

    Score
    3.54 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    326,050 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
It wasn't long before anger became the prevailing emotion, and our War on Terror submissions rolled in. These are some of the highlights of the following months:

  • Bad Dudes vs. Bin Laden
    Bad Dudes vs. Bin Laden by TomFulp

    The Bad Dudes take on Osama Bin Laden.

    Score
    3.58 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,571,986 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Diplomacy
    Diplomacy by FunkNinja

    Hippies vs Osama bin Laden

    Score
    3.79 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,980,807 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • E! Bin Laden
    E! Bin Laden by Stamper

    E!

    Score
    3.92 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    493,667 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • War On Terrorism
    War On Terrorism by Thorsten

    Four Missions, no Mercy!

    Score
    3.58 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    9,344,228 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
There was one upside to the bad situation... Newgrounds did happen to get some press! FOX News featured Diplomacy on television, while CNN had me appear live to discuss games and movies resulting from September 11th and Osama Bin Laden. Maybe I'll get that video on-line one of these days. :)

September wasn't all doom and gloom. It also brought the premier of Beebo, which quickly became one of my favorite movies and series.

Razzo, having redefined the Portal with Blanco y Negro the previous year, returned with another thrilling black and white film, Kong!

We also received another favorite submission of mine, Karma Ghost! KG is one of those movies that will always be great, no matter how dated Flash may some day feel.

  • BEEBO Part 1
    BEEBO Part 1 by fabulous999

    It's Beebo!

    Score
    4.44 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    895,550 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Kong
    Kong by Raz

    action movie

    Score
    4.12 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    988,137 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Karma Ghost
    Karma Ghost by billyblob

    What goes around comes around and maybe even kills you.

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    485,970 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
October

I wouldn't have guessed that Broken Saints had started all the way back in 2001. Has it really been that long? Chapter 1 was the first of many episodes that would enter the Portal and would eventually lead to a Broken Saints DVD and a publishing deal with FOX.

"Field Guide to Snapping" was one of the hippest music videos on the site.

As Halloween approached, we were visited by some spooky-themed Flash. Among these was the introduction to the Joe Zombie series! Like the year before, we received a lot of great Halloween submissions, several with terrorism themes.

  • Broken Saints Chapter 1
    Broken Saints Chapter 1 by brokensaint69

    Chapter 1 - in the quiet corners of the globe, four strangers receive a message.

    Score
    4.06 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    636,333 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Field Guide to Snapping
    Field Guide to Snapping by Groovechamber

    When a young girl breaks out her turntable in the woods, all the animals have to get down!

    Score
    3.81 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    100,931 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Joe Zombie :: Episode 1
    Score
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,075,555 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
November

Ben Spurgin finally submitted his response to the Xiao Xiao craze, with Stick Slayer squaring off against the famous sticks!

December

"Excitebike - Trouble" continued the Newgrounds tradition of making violent spoofs from classic games and characters. It personifies the classic Newgrounds attitude, and I love it for that.

We were also accosted by Angry Bot, in the first episode of the We Are Robots series.

Finally, "Frosty, the Lost Footage" brought us some Newgrounds Christmas spirit.

  • Excite Bike - Trouble
    Excite Bike - Trouble by kittyslasher

    .

    Score
    3.39 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    6,177,590 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • We Are Robots - Angrybot
    We Are Robots - Angrybot by TheFrown

    The secret struggles of robots - revealed.

    Score
    4.03 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    158,355 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • FROSTY, the lost footage
    FROSTY, the lost footage by Swenson

    Frosty's disturbing unseen film footage

    Score
    3.78 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    134,492 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
Onward to 2002!