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The Faster the Treadmill

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Jul 13, 2010 | 1:39 PM EDT

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The official music video for "The Faster the Treadmill" by I Fight Dragons!


I began work on this shortly after completing Grumatorium, and it was a pretty intense project. The band utilizes a lot of game controllers and NES era material into their music and performances so I approached this video from a similar perspective, starting by designing and animating gameplay from a fictional 8-bit game that the video would take place in.

The result was "the Adventures of Puddlenaut," in which a shark-armed diver hero does battle with deep sea creatures in order to mine mystical power crystals that are abundant in the underwater kingdom. The main grunt enemies, one of which is the protagonist of the video, were modeled after drowned fetuses since I couldn't find any deep sea creatures to fit the image I was looking for. Thus I ended up calling the main character "Fetusaur" throughout production.

Check out the song on I Fight Dragons debut EP "Cool is Just a Number!" More information at: http://www.ifightdragons.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Lots of fun

Of all the surreal stuff you submitted, I think this may in fact be the most surreal thing you have ever made! It started out as sort of a Super Mario Bros. pastiche, but really took off. It was about what we all grew up with and coming to realize just how ridiculous those video games were. I keep thinking your cartoons are made by stop motion or something. I love all the unique monster designs, even if some only appeared briefly. As a pastiche of video games, it surprisingly had a lot of original elements to it.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Love it

this is great like all your other videos love the song choice to (clicks favorite on youtube) i hope you keep doing works like this <3


Rated 5 / 5 stars

i always love your work

your style is very original and just plain awesome. Mostly because it's done on paper :P

But anyway, the song syncs with the action sooo well and i just love the whole concept of this flash. I have yet to figure out the deep meaning hidden in here but even without knowing i still love this flash

right to mah favorites :D 5/5, 10/10


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Pretty much...

Not bad quite exciting.. Your description is quite accurate.
P.S. About the references: Last boss = Shadow of the Beast (from SEGA Mega Drive)? <3 You if you say yes!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


That was deep man... it's hard to overstate my satisfaction... this video is such sweet sorrow... and any other predesposed coment you can think of. Anywho it was great I 'bout cried and I only do so once a year and I used it a few weeks ago so you'll just have to settle for... 10 stars