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.



I loved the end!

so funny! I like the idea with the book thing!

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The artwork,voices,story,EVERYTHING was totally ace and amazing. If only more people would do this! <3

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Like a Spanish airport. In summer.

Very beautifully done!
The writing is excellent. The analogies were all very descriptive and very amusing, and they avoided being too silly by their presentation through that talented narration.
Very much what the English language is meant for.

AdamCook responds:

Wow, thank you for such lovely praise! I agree that all the VAs really give a lot of power and character to the words, and I was very impressed with Andy's ability to grasp subtle nuances in the writing with his vocal delivery.
It was intended to be a light and fun tale, much like a Spanish autumn, which is cooler and less oppressive than the summer. Nevertheless we put a lot of passion into it and it's always nice when that extra effort pays off!
Once again, many thanks for enjoying it in all of its capacities!
We'll aim to produce more great work as soon as we can, in the hope that we can elicit more excellent reviews like these!


This was a truly enjoyable story. The imagery was wonderfully vivid. I was surprised by the intoxicating use of watercolours and designs. The story really was brilliant. A clever play on on modern-day amusements and the romantic stories of chivalry. Although the voice acting was well done, it had it's weak points, but the story and paintings really outweigh that tiny detail It was a pleasure to see, hear, and read. Thank you for this wonderful story.

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Simply amazing!

This is a great work of art. The story was very charming and humorous, the artwork was beautiful, and the voice actors and sound-effects were perfect! I also love the story book concept, and though the need to turn the pages seemed annoying at first, it actually made the story much more interesting as it progressed. I wish it were possible to give this a higher rating! Great job! :D

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AdamCook responds:

Aaah, thank you so much, I'm really glad you enjoyed it! I know what you mean about the page-turning system; it was the best we could do this time around but we may find a way to make it even easier next time around! Still, I'm glad you got the hang of it; I think it adds in along with all our own hard work to make the story more involving!
Cheers for your review and your support! It'll be excellent if you return in the near future to check out our new projects!
(Oh and I checked out your profile; love the dog! Also, here's hoping you can move to A State of Platinum Success sometime soon!) :D

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4.42 / 5.00

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