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Alien Boy: The Love

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rated 3.22 / 5 stars
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Comedy - Original
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love
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valentinesday2009
alienboy

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Uploaded
Feb 23, 2009 | 8:10 PM EST

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Author Comments

I'm over a week late for Valentine's day, sue me. I've been busy, and for something that was essentially started on Friday (Albeit some lip syncing I did earlier), it's pretty good. The opening image was hand drawn and then traced over in flash, and the music at the beginning was played by me on acoustic guitar.

For anyone who's seen the others, and still has no idea who the characters are, I promise that I'm making an Alien Boy flash that actually explains the plot, but if you really want to know now you can send me a PM.

I played Alien Boy
Jeff (TheRadicalOne) reprized his role as Zorax
Shard-Spider reprized his role as Kraze

Happy very belated Valentine's day!

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Anchor-ClockAnchor-Clock

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nice Job

As usual you have done very well.


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IZSBHR responds:

Thanks!


SlackmanSlackman

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Nothing special

I'm going to skip saying that this is short, because I'm pretty sure that you're aware of that.

Your characters look okay, although the guy talking by the tree looked like he had a Picasso-esque thing going on with his face which I wasn't sure if it was intentional or not. The lip synching took me by surprise, it was pretty good, but it wasn't connected to his face much, which kind of tainted it for me. The bodies don't move much at all, which really just isn't all that impressive to watch. A little random movement here and there would go a long way. Maybe have somebody scratch their nose or something simple like that to keep people a bit more interested in the characters.

The biggest problem though was that I simply have no idea how the two parts of this are supposed to be connected. They juxtapose one another in both style and content, which makes for a generous divide between them and made things feel incongruent. If they resembled one another in style, the comparison between the two situations would come off a bit better, and they wouldn't seem so at odds with one another.

Also, the chocolates to the face come a bit quickly. The transition hits us, and we see a random character get nailed in the face almost instantly. I couldn't figure out what happened until I saw the character get up. You might want to hold the shot for a second or two longer before the hit, to make sure that people see the set up and understand what's happening before it happens. Maybe have a little dialogue or something. A sound effect would help emphasize your character getting hit in the head. Also, you might want to show him lying on the ground to help with some continuity there and to make sure people get the joke.

Finally, you should put a little more effort into your backgrounds, it'll go a long way, trust me.

I realize I've said nothing good, and I don't want you to believe that I don't think this short has any potential. It does, I'm just being critical. You seem to have a good sense of where you want to take this short and a funny idea behind it, you just need to put in a bit more effort in order to execute it. The music works well with the cartoon and adds to the tone, and although your characters are not the best drawn I've ever seen, they get the job done.


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IZSBHR responds:

It's short? Really? I thought it was, like, Jungleland, Bat out of Hell, and the rousing "I'm gonna build me a house!" Mary's Place. Free e-chocolate to whoever gets those references

I don't see the Picaso resemblance. It's supposed to be an angle from the side.

I originally had the guy sleeping at the tree tapping his foot every few seconds, but flash wasn't responding well to it and kept skipping frames in the movieclip.

The two parts are supposed to be a humorous juxtaposition of the positives and negatives of love, the first half being two characters from the series who are in a successful relationship, and the ladder half being the series' protagonist, who struggles to maintain a relationship. The reason for the different styles is simply that the two take place on completely different planet.
The characters and storyline of this series have not yet been established well, simply because my explanation script is long and complicated, and will undoubtedly take ages to make.

Alien Boy (The green haired dude) never got hit in the head, it was on his head already when a door was slammed in his face.

The character models for the humans haven't been updated in literally almost 2 years, and I plan on updating them with something closer to my on-paper versions of them. As for the aliens, they look perfect to me and I love the designs.

I hope that clears some stuff up, thanks for the review!


El-SydEl-Syd

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

hmmm

pretty cool, the drawings and animations were both pretty good, and it was cool overall, the voicework was a bit quit at points though, and the first half and last half of the animations didn't seem to really fit together too well. Nice song though at the beginning, it was pretty cool.


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IZSBHR responds:

Thanks about the song, that was me playing :)

The two parts are supposed to be a humorous juxtaposition of the positives and negatives of love, the first half being two characters from the series who are in a successful relationship, and the ladder half being the series' protagonist, who struggles to maintain a relationship. The ending joke "How's it going, Ororon?" refers to a romantic tragedy in which the protagonist and his lover both die at the end. This is a joke that pops up more than once in my scripts, but with different names (Romeo and the other obvious ones were used in an as-of-yet unfinished script).

The characters and storyline of this series have not yet been established well, simply because my explanation script is long and complicated, and will undoubtedly take ages to make.

I hope that clears some stuff up, thanks for the review!