Dammit...I really should have knocked mine out.
This was an excellent exercise in animation, each with their own unique style that contrasted with each-other wonderfully.
Zappawadda's short definitely sucked the audience into a great atmosphere, and he seemed up to par with the Noir theme. He crafted his piece around the soundtrack well, but almost a little TOO well; because the music for his short was the spine of the animation, he followed it too closely, and it threw the timing off for the end of it.
It was great at the beginning and middle because it was very dark and moody, allowing it to be slow...but as the hero first looks at her, the clearly defined WANTED poster in the back set up what was about to happen a little too well, and then it became almost comical as the masked man seems to be struggling to piece together what just happened.
"It's a good thing I came just in ti-...waaait a second....Waihay-haaait a second... that girl in the poster looks pretty familiar....What's this? 'Bank Security?' ...you mean to say those guys weren't thugs? ....and here in this bag? What's those shiny golden brick-shaped things spilling out of it...lemme just pick this up here...Ooh! It's heavy...Hark! They're bricks of solid gold! Why this must mean that SHE WAS TH- *knocked unconcious*"
To remedy this, Zappa could've obscured the details so the Wanted poster seemed more with the background, making it more of a shock when the hero notices the resemblance between the damsel and the Wanted picture. This could've been emphasized for a better reaction from the audience, when all of this realization of overlooked details piles up in rapid-succession, taking the audience off guard, and right when they get done saying "Ohhhh SHE'S the-" Bam. He's knocked out cold, and she's walking away.
Denzel-Crocker's definitely had the most impressive animated sequence, both in style and complexity, but those positive points are almost completely degraded by the baffling content. As awesome as it is seeing a hot topless chick utterly rip people apart, we got no story.
Even if there wasn't really a story to go with it, it's the most concerning because we're left to assume that the focal character, "Lady Noir" is the same entity retold through each short. So one moment she's a bank robber, another two she's an assassin, and here she's an undead(?) mass murder machine.
Awesome? Absolutely. Confusing? Absolutely. Annoying? Kind-of...the bizarre music choice kinda threw me off, too. It also ended on a particularly odd note. Who was that guy? Was he spared? Was he on her side? WTF IS GOING ON!? lol
Kieran-S hit it right on the money methinks. We got a plot, characters, advanced animation, sound effects, voice overs, action, dialogue, and a climax, all to the tune of a great Pink Floyd track. Admittedly, there wasn't much opportunity for Sapphire to speak in the first two shorts, but she did a damn good job in this one...quite frankly, everyone involved in the collab as a whole did a fantastic job, except for me and my overloaded ass, but more on that in a bit. Kieran-S's segment, in my opinion, was closer to the original idea we had on this thing than anyone elses, and it was entertaining to boot.
RedHarvest's short seemed very reminiscent of animated Lucy Lu's scene in Kill Bill. Though I'm not going to question why she's black due to artistic creative license, it just could've used MORE, y'know? Perhaps the placement was off, and this short needed to be moved to the very beginning, that way when it ended, it capped off with "Red Harvest Presents...Lady Noir!" and then it segways into Zappa's dark and gritty segment.
As an introductory animation, this would've done perfect, but as the ending short, it left it incredibly lacking.
But perhaps I can blame myself for that. At the risk of sounding a little cocky, I think mine could've ended the collab with grace.
I feel like I fucked up for not setting some time aside to do it. With the last of my finals coming soon, I suppose I can't doubt myself too much.
I couldnt've done better credits! Here's to getting the thing done! Voted 5.