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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.
Questions about words? Please USE DICTIONARY.COM!

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.




awesome storytelling, absorbed me. one thing, you said aiming myself aimlessly tho, does tht make snse?

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AdamCook responds:

Thanks man, that's really cool of you!

Yes, it makes sense when you consider that "aim" has two different meanings; "aim" as in to target or point towards something (in other words, he's looking at all the angles of the room) and having an "aim" as in having a goal (he's not really got a clue what he's doing there).
So put them together and he's aiming himself aimlessly; looking around the party with no particular agenda.



that was a very great story. I've never seen or heard a story like that. for that you get a perfect score... very imaginative.

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wow, sucked me right in.

this is one of those things where i had to turn each page.

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Absolutely gorgeous

I really enjoyed this. It was a new thing to see as a Flash. The storytelling was SUPERB. It's what MADE the experience. The biggest points came from interactivity. While people usually sit through a movie, it's up to the viewer to progress through the story, hence getting them involved.

Though the text was a bit hard to read, they're being read anyway, so that does not really matter.

This was a true form of art. It incorporated so much imagination and creativity. The hard work definitely shows.

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where do you get your influence!?

really great work, 1st of its kind here on newgrounds i'd say.

things that bothered me were:
as already mentioned, the text has to be bigger so it becomes readible.

the other thing is that the pun of the story is taken too soon by the picture and reading the text by myself - instead you should of heard the insulted reaction of the lady, the her going to her car and the motorhowling BEFORE you turn the page - so that when you actually SEE the last page, you only hear him say the pun of the story; which is the "there is no such thing as a perfect match."

those 2 things would have made it REALLY perfect.

but so people don't think that i'm only bitchin', i'll point out what i personally liked:
the generall idea of the story is totally great, turning it into a flash book makes it even better
not that the text was only read, but that there also were the soundeffects of the story to be heard (such as her biting into the fruit and such)
i might already seen this kind of style somewhere, but the drawings are very nicely done
the little gags that go with the story just perfectly (i favor the 2 jokes about kong)

seeing all this coming together into 1 creation is really something, just totally great.

but i think this could also be a very good childrens book, not just on for adults
if the the idea of the story AND the drawings that go with are totally done by you, you'd be a really great childrens book author coming to be

also, this work has more than enough potenial to go beyond the bounds of flash
(just like tom fulps "alien homonoid" got released on ps2), this flash could be turned into a REAL book which you find in a bookstore

if it comes out as a book, i'd be sure to buy it, that's for sure.

i'll also make sure to vote a 5/5 for this fav this flash as well as you as its author, so i don't miss any of your future stuff - and that would be a shame now wouldn't it? ^^

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Credits & Info

4.42 / 5.00

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