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Fred's Birthday Surprise

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I can usually manage to spend at least 95% of my time having fun.

Thanks for so many positive reviews! This movie was originally created for submission to the TGSNT festival in San Francisco. It didn't win but it was a finalist. Since the original was designed for DVD, a lot of quality had to be sacrificed to make the file small enough for Newgrounds.

OF COURSE ITS AN OLD JOKE! Does that mean, as some reviewers suggest, that an old idea shouldn't be explored for new ways to express it? That would rule out a hell of a lot of Hollywood sequels.

Anyway, its really amazing to me how differently various people react to the same joke, some finding it hilarious and others either not getting it at all, or not seeing any humor.


Very VERY Well Done!

That was the most smooth animation i have ever seen!
Very Well Done
I'm Impressed With your Drawing skills as well,
the graphics were very proper.
also the voice acting was perfect
(with the exception of the overly deep voice of the doctor)
Well Good Job and
Good Luck

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Ohmygod, that was awesome.
You did a wonderful job with it, very impressive comapred to most flashes, I thought it looked 3D on the preview.
Heeheehee, great job~.

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i love your work!

i went to your site and it was awesome!

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I know the joke's older than hell (or Fred for that matter) but the flash in itself was still a nice piece of work. The graphics were great, and the animation was nice. The old guys sounded perfect, and it made the flash feel legit. Can't give you the 10 with an old joke like that though.


As much as I love most of your work, this joke is so old that it's really anticlimatic. By far your best moment in humour was in "The Performance Artist", where the humour was a lot more subtle than it was here and most of the jokes were mentioned in passing and not dwelled on (which I think makes them a lot funnier than when it's really obvious that there's a lead-up to them). Your graphics and sound are excellent, but I think you need to find that strain of humour that you had in "The Performance Artist" again and apply it to a different topic, because quite frankly it's a lot funnier when the joke isn't the entire raison d'etre for the flash's existence (in "The Performance Artist", the flash pretends to be a serious take on the subject, which makes the humour when it does come a lot more unexpected and funnier).
I still liked a lot of things about this (the sleeping seniors were great), but the humour factor was really missing a lot of the time.

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Credits & Info

3.97 / 5.00

Aug 19, 2005
9:26 AM EDT
Comedy - Original