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The Ballad of CrippleKane

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Jun 28, 2009 | 8:21 AM EDT
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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

I'm deffo checking out your other stuff, this was amazing. Slap leather, pilgrim!
The artwork reminded me of a hilarious sketch in the Street Fighter Collab, the Ryu/Guile Binge Battle... Was that you? :-)

AlmightyHans responds:

yes it was


Rated 5 / 5 stars

The music went perfectly with the animation. Very interesting from the beginning through out. Great work. XD

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Nice work! Love the stylised approach and the pace of it. Be great to see more of Cripple Kane. Any plans to bring him back?

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was one of the very first video I saw on this site. Since then, Ive always thought of this as one of greatest animated flash videos ever shown on Newgrounds. Good work, Hans, and lets hope you make more as awesome like this.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Ennio Morricone ist just the most awesome filmmusikmaker of his time. really good atmosphere. And this vidio ist on of the coolest things I've sawn lately.

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