A Bid For Freedom

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While you load, feel free to read these comments, and also check out the collaborators' sites down below for more great work.
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Here is the Newgrounds Flash version of "A Bid for Freedom".

It is a story that I wrote and converted into a small fable with images provided by the talented Nacho Rodriguez (who created Mr. Coo and won the #1 slot in Cold Hard Flash's Best Animated) and lush watercolours by his girlfriend Cecilia Deshayes.
It is an illustrated storybook, narrated for your pleasure by the debonair Andy Dennis, with guest turns by Sasuya and Josh "Tomamoto" Tomar you HAVE to hear!
The Storybook route was pursued so it could enter ReNaeNae's excellent Storybook Collab;
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1003968 Talents in writing, art, voice, sound, code etc. should give it a look!

To turn the pages, hover your mouse pointer over the bottom corner of the page, then left-click and drag the page across with your mouse until it fully flips over.
Narration starts on each page as you view it, but you're free to read at your own pace (you can right-click and select "Zoom In", then drag around to see all the fine details).

This story is NOT an attempt at hair-pin-bend trigger-happy balls-to-the-wall FBF hentai-maniac game-parodying shenanigannary. NO REALLY, IT'S NOT!
The power here is in the words and the pictures.
There is COMEDY, ACTION, DRAMA and ROMANCE, all skewed at odd angles.
There's fantasy, exotic locations, body odour, and even a fast car if you stick with it!
Have patience, we've many things to offer you. Stick with us. We're a good group.

Please vote and review showing respect to the combined talent and hard work involved in this Flash. A lot of passion went into this just for you guys, so be fair.
Critique, constructive criticism, suggestions, these are things we graciously accept.
If you vote or review abusively, you let Newgrounds down. Don't.
If this is "not your sort of thing" or you're somehow disappointed by the lack of animation, this is not the fault of anyone involved; no-one's forcing you to watch!

With all this in mind, we hope you enjoy (with your drink or snack of choice) our hard work, vote and review responsibly... and may your day be brighter.

For more awesome while you wait, check out:
www.mistercoo.com (Nacho's site)
http://ceciliadeshayes.blogspot. com (Cecilia's blog)
www.ediblecastle.com (home to Andy Dennis and his mate Will)
www.scarymarymedia.com (earlier collaborative efforts between me, a mate of mine and Nacho, including an award-winning short for the Marbella Film Festival)


This section is for the creative people out there:

This has been a hot coal in my hands for quite some time, burning with collective passion, yet I've been reluctant to throw it into the fire.
Enough people are happy with the results as they stand for me to go forth and submit it.
Trust that this will blossom over time as we come back to better adorn this work.

My preliminary thanks are on this page:

I additionally thank DrNeroCF for saving us in the coding department and Deathcon for further help; Joey Young (http://joeymofo.newgrounds.com) for providing sound effects at short notice and the Very Odd House (http://www.theveryoddhou se.com/) for a small snippet of lush score; and to Josh Tomar, introduced late into the project yet he delivered an outstanding performance within minutes of me asking him.
Further thanks go to the Newgrounds Team for their support of this work, and to all Newgrounds users who do the same (including Mr GUS, who is highly underrated: be sure to see his latest http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/483436 and vote for it in this year's Treasure Hunt).
Any other great participants that come to light will be remembered here equally.



Great short story!

I like the way you describe a lot of terms and the humour. It was an excellent tale indeed.

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wow that was an amazing piece of art.

Verry good story, verry good Drawings, and terrific voice acting.

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Brilliant performance!

Great voice with varied characteristic devices and a deep atmosphere;

Good drawings showing that things can still be done without computer;

Cool stories that don't repeat each other;

What do you want more; I give you my 5/5 and 10/10!

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Really enjoyed this

I wasn't expecting an Audio-book style story when I decided to explore this entry. In fact, I nearly clicked away as soon as I realized what it was. I usually have the attention span of a 3 year old, but once I started, I watched (or read/listened to) this entire story from start to finish. I likely will a few more times as well.

I always find it refreshing to encounter something that stands out as being so different here, and yet still entertaining. I found this to be very bold in that respect.

It was the art style that initially drew me in. I almost felt guilty at the prospect of leaving without giving it a chance. I soon took note of the excellent use of diction on behalf of the narrator. It didn't take long for the clever similes to impress me as well. I was surprised by the one making use of an "Oreo". At first I was taken back, but soon appreciated that (in spite of it's initial setting and impeccable vocabulary being used) this piece wasn't trying overly hard to be sophisticated. I like that as well. And while it wasn't the greatest story I have ever heard, it never attempted to be. It remained charming and witty throughout.

So, to all involved, thanks for "A Bid for Freedom". I hope to see many more like this. And hopefully this gets the recognition it deserves.

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An audiobook somehow ended up at NG.

The cynical humor of the protagonist and the strange metaphors, comparisons and descriptions he employs in his words reminded me of the way characters speak in hard-boiled crime fiction. Put that together with the edgy, exaggerated artwork and the suave narration, and you have a very entertaining result indeed.

The E-rating does not say that the intended audience is children (then again, children should not wander alone on NG), but kudos to the author for delivering an amusing story without relying on blood or dirty jokes.

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4.42 / 5.00

Apr 20, 2009
10:28 PM EDT
Comedy - Original