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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 4 / 5 stars

Very cool.

This was a very good film, had some good animations, great job on the music too, though repeated caught my attention.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

A gringo like you maybe

Great vid. I tink sound effects kinda ruined some parts of it, tey were annoying. Plus, I liekd te song, made me lol.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


I was positively surprised when I watched this. It's fun when animators take time to do something that's unique and hasn't already been 'taken on' many times before. Western-style Flash isn't something you see everyday!

What I like most about this is the style, theme and animation. A solid, complete and consistent story told with consistently good animation accompanied by a song that runs through the entire animation.

The only thing I didn't feel comfortable was the song. I felt that it didn't quite live up to the Western-theme and that there are probably better songs to have in this kind of Flash. This is despite the fact that the Flash is probably based on the song.

Overall, I must say that this is a great Flash animation, and that it should certainly serve as an example for other Flash animators when it comes to originality, animation and storytelling in Flash.

4/5 ~ 8/10
- Naru

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AlmightyHans responds:

I really appreciate reviews like these. constructive criticism. thank you so much for expressing your point of view so professionally. i truly appreciate an audience like yours.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Nice track, decent animation

BUT IS EVERYONE RETARDED?! He's not saying "Gringle" he's saying Gringo, as in what Mexicans call Caucasians, white people, snow faces, friggin HONKEYS.


Seriously though, enjoyed the video man, job well done


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Great cinematography

You've really nailed the style of cinematography and camera moves from those epic Western movies. Also, the art direction is generally fantastic. Simple shapes, suitable for animation, and yet the texture you added gives it a bit of complexity also. Great coloring, also. You also had convincing characterizations. The old man with the white moustache, and the intense stare, was particularly memorable. Oh, and the progression of action was good. It complemented the music nicely without being entirely dependent on it (example, the line "and that's a dead man" often coincided with someone being killed).

There was one basic thing that I'm not sure came out well, and that is the way that the whole ball gets rolling. Maybe I got this wrong, but to me it looked like the main character comes into a bar, sits down, and then for no reason pulls his gun on three people sitting nearby and kills them. Why should I be on his side, after that? A little later on, a scene shows all three on wanted posters, but then why does the sheriff and his men chase after him, if the men he killed were criminals in any case? So that was pretty confusing for me. If he killed them because he had some sort of specific grudge against them (was that it?), I think that should've been made clear in a scene before he came into the bar.

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AlmightyHans responds:

yeah, i was afraid of this happening. Basically, Kane hunts down wanted people. But in this town he ran into a corrupt sheriff. I guess i should have come up with a way of making it more clear that he's corrupt. I thought if i dressed him in black and made him and his henchmen look mean enough the point would get through. but yeah I agree with you, I should have fleshed that out more.