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.



Purely original

You are truly amazing. Its nice to see some of this buried amongst the crap. It was witty, creative, and beautiful. The descriptive words hit home for me, for I thrive off of the deep, descriptive works of literature. Its quality was great as well. No static voice, and the art was something out of an artist's canvas.

Great job!

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wow..... :D

wonderfull story.....
awesome voice.......
also i liked the ending
you have done a lot of great work on this
good job you have the talent 5\5 10\10

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First Class.

What a marvelous presentation. I loved the storybook approach. Very different and quite refreshing.

Although I do have to say that a small bit of the writing felt a wee bit cliche, it was very solid, consistent, and charming from start to finish.

The art style: wow. Very, very visually interesting and appealing. I enjoyed flipping back and forth just to appreciate the wondrous details in the artwork.

And lastly: the voice acting... Needless to say, in a production like this, the narration will make or break the presentation. And boy, oh boy; that read was nothing short of awesome. Andy did a wonderful, wonderful job with the narration. And I teach this sort of thing at a broadcasting school. Just the timing of the intonations; the proper diction; the commitment... All of it a job well done.

Mr. Producer, you did a hell of a job putting this together. I love it. This is one of the few productions that really stand out as a class of its own on this site. It's a shame that this is only in 3rd place, but congrats on the front page. Well deserved. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

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GREAT work! <3

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In all it is almost to perfection.

The only way to make it better is to have been there and done that. This is like those books that read them selves. All in all a wonderful peace of work it must be shown to whoever comes acrose it.

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AdamCook responds:

Agreed - I'm working on being able to offer you the full lived-in experience, but it'll take some time!!!

Thank you for your appreciation of our work! If you know anyone who might be interested, please be sure to pass it on so they may enjoy it as well!

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4.42 / 5.00

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