Little Aviator

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I guess with all the request, Now I have to make a sequel :). But first, I must finish my schedule projects before I come back to this. Anyways, that was just a quick update after reading all the reviews and pms

*Thanks for the daily award you guys

* Thanks for the front page Tom! And thanks to all the voters on newgrounds

Let me clear things up really fast. This is not actually based on the great Howard Hughes. I just used it as an name because I wanted to keep the aviator theme going by adding that little reference. It is NOT based on Howard Hughes


Let me give you guys a quick run down of where I got the idea for this story. When I was a little boy, my mother would read me this poem about this kid who dreamed of following in his hero's footsteps. Everyone as a child had dreams about becoming someone they looked up to or thought was really cool. Some might want to be astronauts... or a hero of some kind... However, the boy in this story wants to be an Aviator

So that's where the basic idea came from. I took a tiny bit from my life and applied it to this animation. I want to thank Deven Mack (also known as D-mac Double) for doing the voices of the little boy Howard Hughes and his father Jonathan Hughes. Francine Louise did the voice of Laney Hughes, the boy's mother. She nailed it in like two takes. I'm glad to be working with these voice actors yet again. It was tons of fun

Andrew Sinclair, a really talented musician, created the musical score for the animation. I didn't want to rush him because I felt like if the music was bad, then it would just ruin the submission. However, he did a bang up job on the music in this piece and hopefully I'll be working with him again sometime in the future. He really needs to be doing this for money like Cambo said because this guy is amazing :)

This is the first animation I have ever done using a tablet. For the backgrounds, I used Corel Painter X and Flash was used for the animation and effects (such as snow). This story is really close to my heart, so I hope you guys enjoy it. I started this on the week of Halloween and finished two day prior to today. Anyways, like always, I'll be reading all the reviews and trying to reply to everyone of them,

Running Time: 2 minutes

Video clips used in this movie are from King Kong, the original 1933 version created by RKO pictures



*sob* briliant

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very touching

i loved the story and the flash was great too
hope to more like it and maybe even a sequel?

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I like it

The overall idea is very touching and more complex than the average submission that i see on Newgrounds, and i enjoyed that deeply. Unfortunately, the voice of the little boy was a bit forced at times, and the writing a little corny. for example, his laughter while in the living room before he pretends to be a plane doesn't seem real and if the voice actor couldn't make it sound real, it should have been cut. In the father's line when he's giving the plane to his son, uplifting is just corny. Also, him clearing his throat before talking seemed unnatural. When most things are very good, these problems really stick out. Something that is more of a matter of opinion is the fathers face after giving his son the plane and he is going outside. I would have made the father to look more sad, maybe a bit pained at his sons obsession with aviation, it being a constant reminder of the wife he has lost. I really like it when people submit more meaningful work to Newgrounds, i find them to most entertaining to watch. So i am really glad that you decided to make this animation and even though it has some problems i'm very happy with it.

This seems like more of an introduction to something more, than of a self contained and finished piece. I hope you have thought about or are in the works of creating a sequel, i would love to see it.

This is touching.

A true work of art. It is very well-made, everything is... good. It's... just beautiful. Thank you for this piece.


that was so beautiful.

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4.24 / 5.00

Dec 10, 2008
3:02 PM EST
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