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Ratbag & Furball #05

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Back after a very long break, here i am with Ratbag & Furball 5. Pear Pie Pain was my semester project for my Multimedia Certificate IV 2D animation unit. Of course i was planning to also release it on Newgrounds once it was complete, so here it is. My first attempt at making an animation almost entirely FBF (pencil and paper, scanner and vectorising) out of admiration for the toonists who came before all of us. Thanks to family and friends who gave me the thumbs up on bits and pieces when i was still creating the cartoon and of course my teacher for hinting when i'd get stuck on something. The soundtrack used in the second half of the cartoon is made from a jingle originally from the NES game: Circus Charlie. I just made it into an orchestra piece.

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hehehe you got better

definitely an improvement here you can tell lol seriously just go watch your first ratbag and furball and compare it to this
one thing i wanna say about it is its like a more pg rated and slightly quicker paced due to its shortness tom and jerry
which is awesome
try upping the antics though and make it longer lol i guarantee good results

this never gets old

dude your movies never get old. i watch them all the time. now that i mention it, its been a long time since i heard from you man

stoners-lunchbox responds:

Thanks, God. But i'm not quite ready to see you yet, i still have another 50-60 years in me.

FBF good, but a wee bit short perhaps?

As previous commenters noted, this may not have been the best script - imo, it was about 20-30 seconds shorter than needed, as the fighting sequence went by very very quickly, and could have used more detail.

Music was good, as usual - graphics, well - the FBF went very well, and you did some nice effects.

I would have given a 7, except you were very obviously restricted by class requirements and old man Tempus Fugit - so I had to allow for that.

I don't think Tom and Jerry would have shared pear pies together at the end of one of their cartoons - but I think it was a bit of a Jonesian ending to have Ratbag and Furball lunch tete a tete - a nice touch to the script, that.

If you didn't cop an "A" for this in class, may Darrell Hair be that teacher's next pupil :)

stoners-lunchbox responds:

LoL, for that piece of information, the cartoon scored a 97% (High Distinction) and is now used at Kangan and Batman TAFE in Broadmeadows as example work. Thanks for the support and i hope i get to make more soon.


Flour Bazooka HAHAHA very funny.Not bad video.

stoners-lunchbox responds:

Thanks. That was a lazy work-around for the Flour bag "see-saw" catapult, by the way. In hy humble opinion, that would've worked better, but i got lazy so may the gods of work ethics have mercy on my soul.

Solid effort.

It's a pleasure to be reviewing your works again -- I apologize for taking so long to get to this flash, but I suppose we should be getting started.

I can't say this is my favorite of the Ratbag & Furball cartoons, but it's still a good quality effort. Like usual, my favorite part was the fluidity of the animation -- everything just looked like it... well, worked. Ratbag and furball have never looked better, and I commend you on keeping up the quality when so many veteran artists stumble.

As the series has went along, the animations have also become obviously more anime-ish. Whether that's a good development or not, I'm not sure, but I thought I should bring it up.

Next, the story -- you've had some great storylines in the past, but this one, though funny, wasn't it. The best scene was by far when both of them discovered the lack of a key ingredient ("WTF?" -- very nice job), and though the war part was of high quality, for some reason, it just didn't have the same lasting effect on me as the other cartoons have. I think Ratbag & Furball #04 had a better story -- but that's just personal opinion. :P

The sound was good -- the usual entry piece was the same, reliable good quality. Listening to Furball's stomach rumbling wasn't exactly aesthetically pleasing, but I'm guessing it wasn't supposed to be. The music in the first half of the piece definitely felt like old video game music (as you mentioned), but even though it went along sort of with the theme, it didn't quite do it for me -- it felt a bit too synthesized (I've been going to the Audio Portal too much lately to be totally neutral... :P)

Anyways, to sum it all up, it was another solid effort in the Ratbag & Furball series -- I'm not too sure if it was the best script or not, but it was still a good quality submission -- a job well done!

stoners-lunchbox responds:

Haven't heard from you in a while.
In all honesty, right now my work here on Newgrounds is kinda slow. I haven't had much time for Ratbag and Furball cartoons. It was pure luck that one of my Certificate 4 projects involved an animated short, so i was able to hit 2 birds with a stone. I hope to be able to resume cartooning again soon. I know i've said that a lot over the past 2 years, but i really do hope i manage to get back on track in spite of that. Thanks for remaining loyal.