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Dec 29, 2008 | 10:44 AM EST

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**The background bug that seemed to cause the last scene to show as black is fixed. If anyone still encounters it though, please let me know.**

IMPORTANT! I used a new loading system, since the total animation is about 20MB. Since Newgrounds wont accept it and Flash wont render it, I had to cut it into parts. Therefore, half of the animation is being loaded from an external server, because otherwise I had to cut the animation again. So, even if the download doesnt seem to start right away, it means that the animation is still connecting to the servers. Please be patient while loading.

Anyways, this is a "directors cut" of my previous Christmas Submission of 2 years back. Back then, in order to make the deadline and make sure my computer could still make an SWF of it, I had to cut more than half of the content. I also made a categorisation mistake then, which caused the movie to be forgotten pretty quickly with only about 300 views. Since I have spend more than 2 months fulltime work on it, I though this was a bit of a waste... But, since I cannot submit something that has been submitted before, I made sure to add a lot of stuff, including the stuff I had to cut earlier. So, the Director's cut contains:

-An extra added scene
-Animated backgrounds
-A lot of small touch ups of things I was unhappy with

As for the story;
Deep inside the forest live the woodsprouts, being the tinyest creatures you will ever see. This is a story about two young woodsprouts, celebrating the holidays in their own special way.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

A nice anime-style film

Well, maybe not by some definitions of anime, but this is definitely in the spirit of a lot of East-Asian animation. The "conversations" and the expressions of love at the end, in any case, are very typically East-Asian. I really found a lot of things to like in the art here, especially atmospheric details such as the lamplight on the ground, and the big creature watching them from behind the log. The animation of the characters was sometimes good, but other times messy, particularly when they were walking. The speech bubbles at some parts, particularly at the beginning, went by too quickly for me to figure out what was going on, although the story isn't particularly complex.

One question, though: how come this is 20mb? The art seems to be vector-based, so I don't see how this can take up so much space when far more complex vector-drawn films (such as Waterlollies) take up less.

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Cridia responds:

Well, I dont really understand either, why the filesize is so big, but maybe it is because of the Flash itself. Waterlollies was made using ToonBoom (a program that is way too complex for me at the moment). Seeing as how ToonBoom is most probably the cream of the crop among 2D animation tools (it is also used for commercial cartoon series), I figure it has better ways of handling the filesize too.


Rated 3 / 5 stars


It's nice to see that you went a more traditional route with your animation. However, I do have to say that the characters' acting was quite weak.

Using "action balloons" to portray the characters' intent is a very trite solution. It's rather disappointing to see that in a potentially good animation. Deciphering hieroglyphics isn't what makes animation so enjoyable.

Work on your storytelling, animating and your drawing. Your sliding walk cycles are an eyesore during the otherwise beautiful scenes. While there is an appeal to the "roughness" of your backgrounds, it still feels unrefined and unfinished. Even if you were attempting the "rough" look, it falters.

On a plus, there is a sensitivity to the way you treated light and color in the backgroungd, and you aren't entirely untalented when it comes to basic composition. Nonetheless, these both have a long way to go.

Keep it up. I rarely leave comments, because few things here actually catch my eye.

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Cridia responds:

Thanks a lot for such great criticism! The voice balloons were actually intentional; as a way to go around traditional speech. I wanted to create a set of creatures that do converse with each other, but in a non-human manner, while still understandable. I could of course have gone with building a complete language, with subtitles to go along with it, but that seemed, I dont know, rather overdone.

As for the rest; I agree on the animation; I am not happy with it myself yet. The entire animation was made using 3D as a support, since my expertise with different camera angles is bad. it was one of my first "major" goes at 3D animation though, so I am nog that discontent with the result. I do agree that it can be better, but then again, I am learning ;).

Anyways, again thanks for the review! I will surely use it to try and get better at it!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


cute and sweet. i loved the music!


Rated 0.5 / 5 stars

very bad



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow...this is cool

Background is very detailed and the animation was smooth...
Wow..It was awesome
(Front page?!_)

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Cridia responds:

Well, I doubt it, but thanks nevertheless :D. The initial response was a bit cold I believe, mostly due to a bug that appeared right when I uploaded it. The bug seems to be gone now, but I wonder whether the score will get higher...