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Jul 12, 2008 | 2:03 PM EDT

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Um, guys? Its a collab, there's wasn't SUPPOSED to be even a vague plot, so if you're just going to review and say 'OMG it was liek borring and so i haeted it whar was the story? lolololol 0!' we've heard it before!

Hey thanks for the front page tom! Here, have a key to the city! And daily second, thats pretty cool!

Animators who I haven't co-authored will be co-authored as soon as they add me! :)

This is Cardboard City

When nick and I (moro) were trying to come up with a theme for a collab we could lead together, we were kinda stuck. We both wanted something that could be made cohesive, something that all the parts by all the animators could have in common, without looking too similar. We puzzled together for a little while, and then I started thinking, what about a city?

And that was that. Both of us LOVE textured animation, and we decided cardboard would be one of the more interesting substances to play with. With that, the collab was started, and little by little, it picked up speed, with gradually more and more people seeing the thread and trying stuff out, which was pretty cool. One of the main things we were going for was for the animators involved to stretch themselves, and we think that happened.

Haha, well, I guess I should post the lineup we've got for you fine folk tonight :)

Handsome Jake
Dr Clay
and Goat-Man

these were spectacular the whole way through, when I made them do push ups they didn't whine, there was no trouble at mealtimes, we just all had a really good time.

Vincoid won the house of cards contest though. he's quite good at that ;)

The collab ended up being huge, a lot larger than I had expected even though compared to other multi author stuff here on NG, there weren't a huge number of animators. In total it's... well, might as well do ALL THE SPECS AT ONCE OMG LOLOLOLOLOL


7674 frames in total, including menu, preloader game, dr.clay's piece, EVERYTHING!
319.7 seconds long, which makes it like, over 4 minutes long
24 frames per second

so ya, myself I was really shocked this morning when I added everything in and found it was almost 8000 frames long. I've never had that before. thats a lot of frames. but we still can't say its OVER 9000 because ITS OVER 7000 just doesn't have that same ring to it, haha. :)

Hmm. what else. UMM.

well ya, as I said, all these guys were really fun to work with, and I think it shows. Myself, I'm quite pleased with the standard thats set, and hopefully its good enough for you high end critics out there too! :)

COOLIO NIATO was nice enough to make us an absolutely amazing preloader game, which was really cool of him to do. Its an awesome game. I'm addicted. My record so far is like, 25000 but Im sure a bunch of you can beat that, so if you do, PM me with a screenshot and I'll try to do better than whatever you got. hahaha.

but seriously, a round of cardboard applause (the loudest kind there is, of course!) to coolio for that.


so, without further ado, we present Cardboard City. Enjoy the show!

-Moro, Nick, Jake, Ziwon, Vincoid, Goatman, Marcy, Kyle, Dr Clay, Coolio, and Biskits :)

oh and if you've read all this, congrats! there's also an easter egg on the menu ;)

that is all.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Nice job guys!

Love the jazz music, goes really well with abstract, minimalistic style. Preloader was great, and the movie "rain" was also pretty good, although I didn't enjoy it as much as the fantastic subway sequence, because I loved that style. Well done.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I really enjoyed the tranquility of the collab. The jazz music set the mood which helped keep the the style of animation alive. I really liked how you(and others) incorporated backgrounds in people. It reminded me of "Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo and Chowder." I think overall everything about this was wonderful. This proves that an animation doesn't need fast pace action or even a plot in order to entertain. Thanks for the unique Cardboard city, it really made me rapturous.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This was art more than anything.

I loved the music, thanks for the preloader. I just wish the description of what I was about to expect was more relevant to the content. This was art more than a story or anything else... If only you'd stated that earlier.. Oh well I liked it.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


alright, i'm not gonna rag on you guys, or praise you guys.
it was a clever idea, & it was well animated.
there was subtle humor in spots, but overall, it simply wasn't entertaining enough to hold peoples interest.
the way i see this, it's a piece of artwork.
it's not meant to entertain, but simply to portray a view.
i'm not sure if that's how you meant it, but the haters need to understand that.
but at the same time, you gotta meet your audience eye to eye.
if they're wanting humor, & plots, give it to them, or they wont respond in a friendly manner.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


All of them. I'm not going to force myself to use big words just to seem like some genius, i'm just going to say it straight out:

A lot of these negative reviews are full of crap.

There didn't need to be any story. It was a terrific animation, especially when you stop and think that all these animators got together, used the same kind of visual device in all these different vignettes of a city to make this animation. I think what's making a lot of people bash this animation is the fact that it all meshes together so perfectly.

You see other compilations and collabs get rave reviews, and there's absolutely no cohesiveness through the whole thing. The styles are radically different, the vignettes have no linked plots, the quality doesn't even match from one to the next. But those are okay, because, "Ur flash maed me laff, LOLOLULZ"

This animation was good. It was a lot better than many, MANY animations i've seen here. I rarely ever write reviews, but i absolutely loved this one, and can't understand how in the hell anyone could be so totally blind to the good qualities of this animation, and even rip on this collab for things that are fresh as compared to some of the other crap that gets frontpaged.

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