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Mar 6, 2010 | 8:20 AM EST
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This is the story of Katan, a little aztec critter who works as a stonemason on huge pyramid projects. He's an eager, talented employee who beleives strongly in what the project stands for, putting in endless overtime to get things done.

When a less committed, self-serving employee hatches a plan to steal the soul jewel of the temple, the mysterious crystal skull, Katan finds himself under blame and attack from the very monument he helped to create.


I started making this toon November 2008 and finally exported it in January 2010.
Various delays, injuries, graduations and jobs made it hard to focus on for a lot of the time- but it is fairly safe to say that it took a year to make... Which also accounts for the style changes and quality progression evident throughout the four mins of play time ;)

Thanks for watching- and thanks again to Newgrounds for letting me upload such large movie files



Rated 5 / 5 stars


That was epic. It had action, cute characters and GREAT animation! The shading was just perfect. The story was well written and didn't lose me for a second. The only flaw was that the cut-off ear switched sides a bit but that's hard to keep track of, or even to notice so that's nothing to me. I am a big fan of your work and I recognized your style immediately (particularly from Ekkosangen, as I love that Flash). It took over a year, eh? I believe it. Great job and I hope to see even more work from you in the future(squirrel, lol). 10/10 5/5

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FutureSquirrel responds:

I hear about the ear a lot, so I'm aware of that =)

My beta viewers missed it, as did I before I first posted the video around.

It occured because I mirrored a couple scenes to ensure the transitions weren't too abrupt.
I decided not to fix it though before posting here. There's something interesting about mistakes... I dunno... more homemade garage-build feel this way...


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Absolutely Brilliant!

It is ver rare that we see an animation of this quality. Everything is smooth, crisp, and consistent. I can basically guarantee that this will be on the front page and in the top fifty. Excellent work my friend. I hope you continue this story!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Wow, that was awesome. Some of the best, smoothest animation i've seen on Newgrounds, if not the Internet, in a long time. Ill be honest i didn't get the story fully but still really enjoyed the whole thing. It obviously took a LOT of work, but in my opinion it was definitely worth it (for you) Thanks for making this!

FutureSquirrel responds:

There's nothing deep in the story- you were probably looking for stuff that wasn't there =)

Ancient civilisation build pyramids, one employee decides to be self-serving and steal the jewel of the temple, another employee caught up in the action.. etc


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Nice piece of artwork

+ A good sory
+ nice, detailed drawings and character-style
+ a smooth, complex animation.

Really a remarkable work!

5/5 *


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great stuff

excellent work. One continuity issue, the ear that's cut off seems to switch sides.

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