The Ballad of CrippleKane

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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.


Samurai Jack meets the old west!

I won't make this long. As far as story telling this is one of the best animations I've ever seen on here and I've been on this site for years. Very creative...I'm looking forward to your next project. I hope if you aren't doing so already that you create a series out of this character.

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Love the song, love the animation, love the theme and love the somewhat simple story that goes with it all. Congratulations and well done!

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Best one

This movie is the best one I've seen here yet. I especially like the style, and I hope you will do more movies with this style! As KillaCutes already said it's a classic western story this is also very cool.

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make a live action version

AlmightyHans responds:

i wish. if i had the money to higher actors, get horses reserve a train track and train, buy costumes, and rent a bunch of dollies and cameras, and so on. I would. Thats the beauty of animation, you can make what would cost thousands of dollars for basically nothing.

Really good!

Seriously, not bad at all. Specially the Old Western Style. Just Classic

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4.48 / 5.00

Jun 28, 2009
8:21 AM EDT
Music Video
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