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A Bid For Freedom

rated 4.42 / 5 stars
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Apr 20, 2009 | 10:28 PM EDT

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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; 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: (Nacho's site)
http://ceciliadeshayes.blogspot. com (Cecilia's blog) (home to Andy Dennis and his mate Will) (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 ( for providing sound effects at short notice and the Very Odd House (http://www.theveryoddhou 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 and vote for it in this year's Treasure Hunt).
Any other great participants that come to light will be remembered here equally.




Rated 5 / 5 stars


Incredible I could see you entering in a film festival like Sundance and winning its really incredible keep up the awesome work!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

I loved it oh so much.

It was positivley amazing. I cannot express how much I was drawn to this. I loved how it sounded similar to if you were narrating, oh say a 1920's style book like The Great Gatsby, but you linked connections to today which give people a chance to connect, such as YouTube, Whopper, Etc. Etc.

And the narrating itself was incredible! Perfect, crisp, emotional and it made you want to read on. But you didn't over act lines and make it awkward to listen.

And the art was absolute eye candy. Every picture was detailed and lush, and it had it's own original feel to it.

*sigh* How I wish one day I could narrate a Storybook such as this...

Anyway, Incredible job, and I hope you do more, or at least set an example for others to do the same.

AdamCook responds:

What a wonderful review! We all really appreciate your excellent comments!
It was a dream project in terms of all the magnificent personalities I was collaborating with, the content I was able to produce in a short time-span and the generally overwhelming reception it's received since its launch!

If you want to do some narration, or any kind of VA work, you should probably do yourself a little demo reel; maybe just read an excerpt of your favourite piece of writing and then upload it. If you and your equipment are up to a good standard I'll probably put you on my list in case I need further voices in future projects.
Plus, having a reel will allow you to get other producers interested in your voice.
There are plenty of other stories on the Storybook Collab which could do with a voice to air them! 003968

Many thanks for your kind words; I'll aim to do more and encourage others to venture into exciting territory themselves. Hope to hear from you again, in voice or in text, in the near future.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


That was spectacular as well as inspiring. You just made everything work

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AdamCook responds:

Whoa, thanks mate! Glad it made such an impression, I'm really proud of how it all came together. Sounds like you're planning some writing/producing yourself; best of luck to you, and let me know when you release your debut!



Rated 5 / 5 stars


Great artwork, funny story, overall creative!

I was expecting this to be one of the more serious flashes, well, until I read further on. I really like the narration and presentation. I thought the artwork was amazing. There must have been an insane amount of work put into this.

AdamCook responds:

We're VERY serious about what we do, even if the end result is funny!
Thank you very much for appreciating our hard work with that lovely review.
Best of luck with the MMO; that must take some insane work to program!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

mr. bean meets ralph steadman

i was a little put off by the format initially,
but once i got into it, it was well worth it.
it took me a bit to shake the feeling of unspoken influences;
i came up with a melange of the steadman/hunter thompson books,
run through the english sensibilities.

nifty hot little coal. it burns brightly

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AdamCook responds:

Formatwise it's a weird one alright; I wouldn't normally choose the storybook method but I'm glad I went through with it... it's better honed its desired audience this way.

Hunter S Thompson wasn't a specific influence (although I found "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" to be hilarious and will actively seek out his writing at some stage), but certainly Andy delivered some of his lines in that manner, probably as a reaction to the wisps of alcohol wafting through the main story.
Ralph Steadman's a talented guy; I think Nacho draws on many influences from Spanish surrealist cinema to Ren & Stimpy and then squelches his own creative spin on it.
As for Mr Bean, FORGET ABOUT THE MOVIES! The original TV series was one of the BEST COMEDY SHOWS produced for TV (it gradually went off the deep end but tried to keep a bit of that spark intact) and is definitely a favourite of mine.

To be honest though, I don't put things in boxes, and I take in great media so I can weave around and completely ignore most of what people get from it, drawing most off the elements people overlook.
It was great on this occasion though, to do something very archetypal and just pinch the edges so all the concepts skewed in interesting ways.

It's a fine coal in our creative fire, and I thank you for stoking the flames further with your great review!