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The Ballad of CrippleKane

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Jun 28, 2009 | 8:21 AM EDT
  • Frontpaged June 29, 2009
  • Weekly Users' Choice June 30, 2009
  • Review Crew Pick June 30, 2009
  • Daily Feature June 28, 2009

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"Cripple Kane confronts the corrupt sheriff 'Blind-eye Bill' in an epic western showdown."


So. I started this in late April/early May of 2008. It all started when 'Decade Studios' Perry, a Newgrounds user friend of mine, sent me a song and said "This song reminded me of you". That Song was "A Gringo Like Me". Instantly I started animating the very beginning of this video, just as a fun little project. This fun little project expanded and expanded to turn into the ambitious monster that is this movie. All these ideas for the video came to mind. Make some sort of ultimate western extravaganza. Only problem is, I had always had trouble animating horses. That's what put this project on hold for so long. But thanks to ZekeySpaceyLizard, he jumped in and helped me with some horse legs on a front shot movieclip. That was basically the wall breaker and I wasn't stuck anymore.

Basically yesterday i sat down and animated essentially the second half of this movie. determined to finish this once and for all... It was hell... and by God am I thrilled to say it's complete.

Stylistically what I had in mind for this when I was animating was to try and give a western movie the old 1960's-1970's kung fu style of cinematography. with Westerns usually having a slow and tense pace. I decided to try and give it that in your face, zany sort of action.

Well. I don't care, it's done. I just gave birth to an overweight baby.

Dim the light, I hope you enjoy.

Special Thanks to Perry, he's the one who showed me the song and started it all. And Kevin Barrios (Buzzwerd) for bitching at me to finish this thing and standing me sending him every frame of updates.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

congradtulations man

you definetly deserve the nomination, this makes me want to watch every clint eastwoon western now :)

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


Epic success! This is a lot better than many of the westerns I've seen. And very gritty. Back then there was usually little difference in the law and the scum they hauled in. This brought to mind "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" and the "Last Outlaw" which are two of my favorites, which fit the song quite nicely. A gun, a saddle, and a moderate case of paranoia: essential for survival in the Old West.

There is a story here. It's not an epic John Wayne or Clint Eastwood Saga, but it doesn't need to be. It's a simple tale and there in lies the allure. Sometimes less is more.

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AlmightyHans responds:

wow, thanks for your review!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I was waiting a long time
for this Epic Movie!
And you know what?
It is Super!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Geniality in a Vid

I really like it, were first skeptical because the word cripple but then... you got a new fan. Thumbs up for the Wilhelm, in that moment too funny XDDDD

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


Instant Classic.