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Feb 7, 2009 | 8:47 AM EST

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Watch the Intro/Opening (how the cartoon comes on) here : /portal/view/478106

Watch EPISODE 2 HERE: /portal/view/485617

Watch EPISODE 3 HERE: /portal/view/488109

Daily 3rd Place! Wow! Thanks everyone for the votes and views and reviews! And the TROPHY! Whoo! *dances slightly*

We started this series back in late November and have concentrated almost all of our time into designing the world, characters, voice talents, picking the right music, adjusting volume levels, animation quality, and story development. So we hope this flash is as special to you, the viewers, as it is to us.

Mark of the Beast Snacks

Episode 1 : Dreams of Beyond

Two young boys have always wanted to leave the confines of their village, however it is surrounded by a magic barrier that they cannot pass... However, with the sighting of a strange talking beast and the calamity in the skies, they might just get their chance at adventure...

We would like to thank all the test viewers and people that helped us along the way in getting this series up off the ground and making it a reality. We'd like to thank our girlfriends for sleeping all alone because we were up tirelessly working and pushing toward perfection and utilizing our skills to their full potential. There is always room to grow, but I am unashamed to say that this is our first flash that I feel we poured everything we have into.

About the upcoming Episode 2 : We already have the full script and story line and even the basic outline for Episode 3 and are currently working on the animation and voice acting process for Episode 2. We'll have it launched as soon as we feel it has gone beyond what we have accomplished here for Episode 1.. As they say, practice makes perfect.

Enjoy the flash and let us know what you think.

We hope you enjoy,

Nathan Gibson and Steve Garnett
Taco Buttfish.



Rated 4 / 5 stars


The simple, yet complex animation style that you use certainly marks this as on hell of a way to enjoy a flash movie.

I like the way that you've set it out - randomness, but with some organisation into a plot line that from time to time makes absolutely no sense, but for the most part is highly entertaining.

Perhaps the episode was a little longer than I'd expected, but it certainly came as a pleasant surprise. The drawing style looks like it's been inspired by various comic books of the 60s and 70s, for example Calamity James, which go into extraordinary detail, compared to most contemporary drawings of the same type.

How long did this take you to animate? with the look as it is, I'd say somewhere around 3-6 months would fit the bill, but I wouldn't exactly be surprised if you said longer.

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tacobuttfish responds:

22 days actually! We're on a tight schedule to get this series rolling!

-Taco Buttfish.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

um yea..

um wow? I see that you worked on the mouth? Seemed almost real =] but um, yea a fish... and um wow? 5 minutes lol Twas some was random but it was good overall.

tacobuttfish responds:

Hey, glad you liked it! And yes, we definitely have improved with our lip sync since we started this animation stuff. Thanks for the good score!

-Taco Buttfish.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

what. the. fuck.

Here's the deal: The animation looks like the artist has been drawing stills all their life. The animator needs to work on his stuff, and help direct the artist as to what frames would work for a full "movement" in the flash. Maybe the animator and artist are the same person, whatever, the point is, is that I like the art style, but work needs to be put into bringing it to life.

Next, the plot/setting. That was the wtf bit mentioned above. It was all so ridiculous, but it seemed to be taken so seriously. Perhaps this was intentional, but I found myself wanting to laugh at a punchline about how ridiculous it all was, and one a few came. Something that can really bring this through (if comedy was your intent) is the voice actors being just a little bit more silly. Plus, the sound was a little scratchy.

All in all, I found it to be a fun piece that I can tell a lot of hard work went into. I look forward to the second episode.

P.S. was that the grandfather at the end? Because if so, you may have wanted to make it more obvious (I wasn't sure). Unless the point is to make people wonder, in which case, A+

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tacobuttfish responds:

Thanks! And yes, we have been making comics/mangas our entire lives, and the animation world is still fairly new to everyone here at the team, but with each flash our skills get better at both the program and the understanding of cartoon movement with animation. Soon, it will be perfected! And no, the guy at the end is not the grandfather but I'm glad your piecing things together. Episode 2 will shed the light on this character in all of his glory! Thanks for watching, and yes, we did intend for viewers to ponder who this guy is.

-Taco Buttfish.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


I couldn't stop watching. I mean, a giant moose tearing through the sky? I wish I could find myself a beast snack!

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tacobuttfish responds:

Hah hah, glad you enjoyed it! I guess we'll see you back here for episode 2 then eh?

-Taco Buttfish.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

The most ridiculous thing I have ever seen

That's all I can say.

tacobuttfish responds:

hah hah, I think that means you liked it! Thanks for watching! Be on the lookout for Episode 2!

-Taco Buttfish.