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A Bid For Freedom

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Apr 20, 2009 | 10:28 PM EDT

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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; 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

Need more like this


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Rated 5 / 5 stars

omg so perfect

5/5 & 10/10 epic win was epic

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is one serious Masterpiece!

The sound is NOT distracting by any means, though sure it is possible that some prefered to just watch it, without audio. A Mute-Button always is a good idea. Like a parachute - You dont want having to use it, but you're glad the parachut's there, when you need it.

I think, the audio is important for this flash, as you have to see the whole thing. Its s piece of art. I think you can clearly say that. I dont know who spoke the text, but it sounded professional. It wasnt awkward like it is, when you hear amateurs doing this. This could very well be some PR-Campaign-Stuff (dont know for what organization though).

My point is - This is professional! There are many things you can see on Newsground. The good ideas, which are badly assembled, the graphicaly good stuff, which is not creative though. THIS Flash however is proefessional from each angle you might look at it.

Its creative, its something new (at least to me) and you can tell how much work got into this.

So thx to the Author! THIS is what will elevate Flash Movies to an art form!

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AdamCook responds:

In the case of Different Strokes vs. Different Folks, I would say that where it's comfortable to do so, you allow for as many people as possible. Initially the text was too small, but we've since made it bigger.
In the future we may well add a mute button. It's part of the work's evolution.

In my personal opinion, however, I'm very proud of the audio in this Flash. After all, I asked for it in the first place! I'll go one step further - the audio is an integral part of the story, key to its enjoyment.
I feel the narration of the text adds personality and channels the meaning of the text far better than a mere blank read. I think Sasuya and Josh really pump blood into their characters with their rich vocal tones and great delivery. I think Joey's sound punctuates the dramatic moments perfectly,
and VOH's music makes for a majestic transition into a new realm.
I think to read is to know what happened; to hear is to experience it yourself.

And really dudes, how hard is it to mute your speakers if you don't like it?
Push - click - job's a good 'un.

Anyway, thank you for the praise in your excellent articulate review! We're definitely serious about what we do, and we're very glad you thought it was that great! The crew all gave 110% to produce something grand, and I thank them profusely for it.

Cheers again for your support!
As the famous quip to the Austrian in the great comedy "Dumb and Dumber" goes: G'day, mate!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Original and brilliant

The whole story was funny and charming, the voices were simply brilliant and the artwork is truly original. At the end, I felt like I was watching an animated joke of sorts, I didn't expected that ending. This had a very proffesional feeling to it, the page turning stuff was really cool and engaging. I laughed really hard a couple of times and all the characters were simply charming. This is simply one of the best submissions I've ever seen on NG. Keep up the amazing work. :)

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

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cant live without em cant kill em