I know you put in alot of work into this, but the plot was *kinda* impossible to understand without the author comments... Sorry =/
I'm inclined to agree with PhantoMatt
It just doesn't really make much sense. Without the author comments, I would have no idea what had happened. I gathered that the bird was not really a bird, and I guess that its unhealed wing kinda passes for a scythe... But the minimal animation left much to be desired.
Also, I really liked the music, but the cutoff and transition from one song to another was too abrupt and ruined the mood.
Overall I can tell a lot of effort went into this, which I respect a lot, and don't think that I'm ragging on your abilities as authors, because I'm not.
I just didn't really get the point.
I liked it
It was so different from the normal on newgrounds. It was almost deeper, it was more complex. I had to watch it twice to really take in what had happened but I like how an innocent looking animal became demonic, needing to control a life to complete a goal. super cool, you all did awesome!
Thanks for the review!
Well, I guess the story is basically good, you've got the plot and the graphics are good as well. But it makes you wonder, you know? Like how the boy lived alone with the crow for years? And wouldn't the campers he was with notice he left and look for him? Even if the boy lost contact the group would certainly look for him. And I read your description of the movie, and why would the boy choose to live out there? He could've taken the bird to the camp and back to the city to a vet or whatever. And that the bird was a demon...well, I don't know. It was okay, just a little puzzling. But you did have only 48 hours, so...
There's a saying...
..that goes "Show, don't tell". That being said, I think it's kind of unimpressive that this video can't stand on it's own two feet, and I needed to read the author comments to fully understand it.
There are quite a few things that just seem completely nonsensical.
First, why are scouts sleeping outside in the rain? If the tent was full, like you said, then the scout masters should have more tents. Tents aren't something you overlook when planning a camp out. Also, the rain suddenly stops when he goes to find the bird. Odd.
Second, when the scissors and tape magically appear on the ground near the bird. I'm assuming the boy put them down there, but you never show him do it, so they just sort of pop out of nowhere. Also, as a boy scout, it'd make more sense for him to use a pocket knife than scissors. I used to be a scout when I was younger, and nobody ever brought scissors on camping trips.
Third, how does an eight year old survive alone in the woods for years? And while we're on that premise, why did the boy leave the bandage on the crow for years?
Fourth, how did the fire spread so quickly without the boy noticing at all? Is he that unobservant of his surroundings? If so, I have to reiterate the question HOW did he survive alone that long in the woods?
Lastly, how did the crow kill the boy with one peck and without getting up off the ground? I also inferred from the crow's tears he's remorseful of his murder, so WHY did he do it to begin with?
There were two non-plot-related errors that bothered me. When the narrator says the boy lived in the forest for years, the voice is too quiet and is drowned out by the music. Second, the crows "demon" wing doesn't look demonic, and DEFINITELY does not look like a scythe, like you say in the author comments. I thought it was just burned because of the fire.
The music was wonderful and set the mood very well. The animation and art could use improvement, but was all around not too bad. But the premise of this story is just too ridiculously absurd for me to give this anything higher than a 4.