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Straw Boats Borrow Arrows

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Apr 6, 2009 | 8:23 PM EDT
  • Daily 4th Place April 7, 2009

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This is "Straw Boats Borrow Arrows", adapted from a part of Luo Guanzhong's classic chinese novel The Three Kingdoms. I entered it in a contest for short movies (5 minutes or less; this cut is available on youtube - just search "Straw Boats Borrow Arrows"), but I made an extended version just for you guys. xD It's not a comedy, nor is it some bloody showdown - its a battle of wits featuring one of the greatest military minds of all time.

Zhou Yu, director general for the Southland forces under Sun Quan, is jealous of Zhuge ("zhu-guh") Liang, director general of Liu Bei's forces (united with Sun Quan at this time, to oppose Cao Cao's invasion force from the north). So Zhou Yu conceives of a scheme to eliminate Zhuge Liang - he asks for 100,000 arrows for the army, and he wants them in ten days. Failure, he emphasizes, will be met with death, according to military law. Zhuge says he'll do it in three days. Thus our story begins.

To reviewers: I appreciate and read every constructive review, and I'm always eager for suggestions on how I could improve. In particular, I'd very much like to know what you thought of the story, which I had a hard time adapting so the context still came across. I made the music myself, despite not really being a music person, so if you have something to suggest, try not to use too much music terms, cuz I'll have no idea what you mean. I know all the people who did the voices (most aren't members of NG) so if you've got somethin to say to them, I'll pass it on.

Special thanks to Tom for letting me upload this huge file (sorry to everyone for the large file, movie's got a lot of 3D shots, so hopefully its worthwhile in the end)

For the first time in any of my movies, there's an easter egg! Who can find it? (if you're stumped, I'll probably post its location on my userpage later, or you can PM me) What do you think of it? Should I ever do it again? Feel free to give me some advice.

Edit: Daily 4th, not bad! Thx again to Tom, and to everyone who voted. Keep sendin reviews tho, I'll keep readin.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

"To use someone's strength against them"

This flash animation is great.. Even if the graphic is simple. but the good story covers it
review 10/10
vote 5/5
keep up the good work..

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Not pefect but enjoyable

the graphic of characters were bad, dodgy and ugly. The faces look really the same, voice actors were also bad. I liked the story, remains me of Sun Tzu art of war. The ending was great :) lets finish the mission


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very Original :)

That was actually pretty clever, I thought he would have done something like pass the straw off as arrows (no idea how, but ya know...).

The graphics were pretty good for a non-professionally done animation, the sound was pretty nice (the voices were lower than the music at parts, making it hard to hear) and the storyline was pretty original :)

Keep up the good work.

@gwokymaria: War isn't just about violence - it's about strategy too.

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Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

It's Adverage

I like the game better by a lot.
The worst part is thousands of chinese people didn't die.
How could you make an animation based on a war and have no violence.

This is the exact thing i press the skip button for, I hate the story line, I just like choping chinese up!!!!!!


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

good and bad

The animation was okay, and the plot was cool, but the music was like, thousands of cats scratching chalk boards. Regardless, it was still good overall.