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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 5 / 5 stars

Newgrounds needs more people like you.

I'm the kind of sap that gets choked up at anything adorable. Now, that's usually not enough to put something into the ten range in my book, but goddamn the production values you put into every one of your cartoons is over the top by any standard. I don't know of anyone else in the freelance world who does colors in a solo project like you do. Nobody. And on top of that your imagination is insane. Where do you come up with this stuff? It's so surreal.

It's guys like you that make me want to practice and make cartoons someday.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great animation

Your animation is always incredible and this one is no exception. Your art style is clean and easy to look at, and the animation is as always very smooth. The music fits very well with the video, and gives it this distinct indie feel that really sets this apart from other music videos and allows it to simply be what it is; an entertaining and adorable animation. It's obvious that a lot of work was put into this, considering that all the artwork was done by hand.
Amazing work, I Fight Dragons should be proud to have this as the music video for one of their songs.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great animation.

Title says it all. How ever it's not my taste in music.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

A Powerful Kind of Silly.

First, I have to tell you that you have superb taste in music. Honestly, I don't know why more people on Newgrounds aren't all about I Fight Dragons. That nostalgic, NES and Chiptune sound is infectious and comforting. With that in mind, it's good to know that you were able to create a piece that lives up to the immense quality of the song.

Too often are music videos just weak pictures and garbage animations held together by an astronomically better song. It's not fair to the musicians to be lumped in with some stickmen riding skateboards. Your style, however, formed a beautiful union with the quirky indie-rock that I Fight Dragons creates.

I've been a fan of your stuff for a very long time, and you keep improving. The story I saw in this Flash was brilliant, animated like a professional-for-pay piece, and wrapped up with no extraneous frills. The characters you created were bizarre, but adorable, and thus endearing. That little creature with the wings, the pathetic monster hiding behind crystals while the shark-armed man fought brought a little bit of sadness to the video in a very Pixar-esque fashion.

Homages to video games of the past didn't go unnoticed. A Rupee here, a box suspiciously reminiscent of those in the Mario games there, and all the other small touches really captured the music, and summarized a theme in the Flash. I'm not entirely sure if it was solely the animation or the corresponding music, but something was vaguely inspiring about the film.

Imagination, I can see, played a huge part in the production of the Flash. I love the little creatures, I adored the massive tentacle monster, and I wanted to play as the shark-armed man. You managed to encapsulate the little desires that pull at the back of gamers' minds in the Flash; you brought them to life in a quick, satisfying tale.

Obviously, there's absolutely nothing about this Flash that I didn't positively love. My only wish would be for higher quality audio, but I understand that filesize was a concern. I could see that you probably had to make a couple sacrifices with the graphics, too. However, none of that takes away from the Flash. I think anybody who's ever colored, anybody who's ever enjoyed a video game, and anybody who wants to be a happy child again for four minutes should watch this movie.

10 stars. Keep up the amazing work.

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BarfQuestion responds:

Wow, thank you for such an awesome review! It actually is a paid/professional commission piece, so it's good to hear that it lives up to those standards.

I'm really conscious about the obvious quality crunching, but there is an HD version embedded on my profile page to anyone looking for higher quality.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I know i may be over analyzing but

the little monster guy was split between good and evil so instead of choosing a side he just left his world which is a great music video motif

i also liked the animation and how what happened in platformer view happend in the action/flash view

what a creative story thats easy to grasp!

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