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Jan 21, 2007 | 1:57 PM EST

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Author Comments

This is the story of how a Cactus grows weary of being in the desert and decides to look for a better way of life.

This is my first completed piece of Flash animation and I couldn't have done it without all the help I received through Newgrounds. Thanks everyone!

I also had to draw everything with a mouse because my friend spilt rum and coke all over my cheapo graphics tablet and broke it.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


This was a very good piece of work , for a first flash. The animation gave me a kind of Dave Firth feel, if only you still had your tablet, that would of made this animation even better. The only thing i can criticize is the voices, they lacked emotion and variety. It was a very interesting piece to watch and i am very suprised you did not at least get front page.

the-hen responds:

Thanks very much - any comparison to Dave Firth's work is a huge compliment. I agree that the tablet would have improved my work and definitely my workflow. Through using a mouse I learnt to reuse symbols and minimise repeated drawings which is a skill I guess will help me in future submissions.

I wrote the script and made everything up as I went along so the voices weren't really planned and I can see how they lacked emotion.

I'm pleased that you found it visually interesting, though I never really expected it to get frontpage.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

good one

that was a very nice animation.... especially the graphics... they were excellent. the animation itself was very nice too. i really really liked this one, i really hope that this one wins an award.

the-hen responds:

Thanks a lot. I dont think I have a chance with an award really, I think I need to develop the story further.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very impressive!

Your artwork is phenominal! I envy you for that. The only things I would improve on is the timing and the duration of the movie. In the beginning, the night-time desert scene went by pretty long and I was very close to closing this and watching some other movie. Just speed things up a tad. As for duration, the movie would've been all out amazing if it were say, twice that length. But I can see that you put most of the effort into the graphics, so you've got a decent excuse. Keep on at it and you'll have a top 50 in no time buddy!

the-hen responds:

Thanks very much. This is in my eyes the most positive response I've got.

I'm definitely going to at least double the length and have some cool London city scenes. I've a whole story planned out.

I'm not used to editing animations within Flash and I found it a bit confusing it being my first animation and all. I think this is why the timing and the pace suffered the most. I'll try and resolve it for the next release.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


NO CACTUS BOY, GO BACK! The country's full of yobs, corruptive business men and politicians, gangsters, ganglords, GANGS! THEY'LL RIP YOU TO SHREDS FOR NOT BEING NORMAL!

... Lol, yeah good animation. You've been fived.

the-hen responds:

Aww bugger. You've just given the rest of the story away. No . . . you really have. hehe.

Thanks for the five. woop.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

nice, i can't wait for the sequel

I loved it.

the-hen responds:

I love you