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8-bit Camelot

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Aug 16, 2007 | 4:48 PM EDT

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This is a little 8-bit Theater tribute I put together back in mid-2004 when I was 13. Some daily 8-bit Theater readers may have seen the original version before. Naturally, there are a bunch of inside jokes that only 8-bit Theater readers will get, so I suggest you become one. If you run a slower computer, you may or may not want to watch this on low quality.

I had recently gotten Flash 5 and was straining to think of what to do for my first Flash movie when I saw a video clip of the Monty Python Camelot song reenacted with Lego's (I'm sure many of you have seen it before). Being an avid 8-bit Theater fan (and having recently seen and loved 8-bit D and D), I instantly got the idea for this movie. After all, both Holy Grail and Final Fantasy 1 are about a band of legendary medieval warriors out on a noble quest, and heck, sprites are just the Lego's of Flash movies, right?

This movie only covers one general scene, so it is relatively short, but it gave me the chance to focus more on quality. Since this uses the audio from the Lego scene, every frame is synchronized almost exactly to the Lego video (the one I was using). Also, I knew a lot less about Flash than I do now, so a lot of things that look like they're tweened are actually frame-by-frame (the drumming Thief scene took me almost a day). The lip synching is all frame-by-frame as well. I did not reuse mouth positions, but it probably would have been easier to do so if I knew how at the time. The whole animation took a little over two weeks.

I sent this to Brian Clevinger who said, and I quote, 'Great Flash animation. The Camelot scene is one of my favorites from Holy Grail and seeing it in sprite form makes it even better, especially the Garland scene.' He put it on his site, where many 8-bit fans may have seen it, but eventually the link was filed away in the archives and eventually went dead. After three years and getting a newer version of Flash, I decided that this movie wasn't getting any views just by sitting on my hard drive, so I finally got around to refinishing it. I updated the preloader (I tried to emulate part of TLF's original preloader), the menus, the sprites, the effects, and blurred some of the backgrounds (Brian's only suggestion), but most of the movie itself remains intact.

Now, without further ado, I give you the remastered 8-bit Camelot! Enjoy!

PS: Please recommend this for the Final Fantasy Collection if you get the chance, as this movie isn't very accessible at the moment.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

its awsome it combined my two fave things final fantacy and monty python and the holy grail


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


This completely lacked graphics... are you serious, I could do better than that, you mister are bad at animating :P...

...and if you believe that I'm serious then the laugh I'm having now is wasted. I just read your reviews and saw the dude who questioned the "quality" of the animation. Its not about how detailed it is when you post a flash in 8-bit format, it is to honor gr8 games such as the old Final Fantasy games which this is partly based on.

You have skills in using 8-bit animation, it was quite clear what was going on and the animations was in harmony with the music, nice work.

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MatthewSher responds:

Well I was a bit confused at first when I read the "lacking graphics" part, then saw the "9/10." What you said about honoring the old 8-bit games was exactly the point I was trying to make. You understand EXACTLY what you review. I'm glad there are people who appreciate the essence of what makes animation interesting.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

The actual creator saw it and there's only 24K views? There should be more! Anyway, this was a lot of fun. It helps that "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" is such a funny movie. It's hard to go wrong using audio from that.

I don't remember the song being that long. I'm certainly glad for it! I love how they just shrug it off as being a silly place. They would know! The sprites move so wonderfully too.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Monty Python for the win!

Very well thought out and uses the singing from the holy grail very well. Great job!

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Great, but could be better

I love the flash and you did awsome, but I didn't see very many 8-bit references, other than the cameos and the Garland scene, and I'm a huge 8-bit fan. that's why u only get a 9. i would be awsome if you put 8-bit references in the backround, like having the elf scout/messenger get attacked by that knight guy, having fighter play with swords at one point possibly, or have black mage getting hit by white mage.
This is my first post, it is long, and I am happy.

MatthewSher responds:

You know, I never thought of it like that. I was really trying to stay true to the Lego movie, so I never really considered adding those things, aside from the occasional gem. Also, the references would have to be pretty clever to be worth it, since most people choose to recycle the same old jokes that Brian himself has stopped using. I don't see this as anything important to change, but if I ever do update the movie again, I will definitely use this idea.