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Jan 30, 2011 | 6:57 PM EST

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    NG Movie Jam 1 Teams had 48 hours to animate stories from the forums.

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A flash movie created in less than 48 hours for the Newgrounds Movie Jam, January 2011. Blood sweat and tears went into this animation and a lot of work! We hope you enjoy it! A secret song can be found in the menu, somewhere...

Based on the story by Nathaniel Milburn.
The script was randomly assigned to the team so we were not prepared for this story.

The bird is a demon and required to possess life. The bird took the life of the boy, who was innocent and mislead. The end shows the bird with a scythe for a wing, it was used to kill and make the fire that set the forest alight. Many say there are 'plot holes' but they were sleeping outside because the tent was full, the boy went to far away from the camp, thus loosing contact with his friends, all the plot-falls have explanations. The orginial script can be found below:

"A small 8 year old boy scout was walking through the forest. It was pouring down
rain and just starting to get dark. As he was on his way back to camp he started to hear some
type of noise. The noise sounded like someone was in trouble. The noise led him to this tree where
a bird was lying under it. His wing had been broken and was unable to fly. The bird was just lying
there yelling in pain, he didn't care if another animal heard him and could have eaten him, he didn't
want to live anymore.

The little boy being a cub scout and all wanted to help him. He bandaged up the bird and tried to him
get on his way, but the bird was unable to move at all with his broken wing. The bird said if I'm unable
to get food I'm going to starve. The boy scout knew he had to hunt for this little bird. The scout then
started to hunt down animals and killed each one he saw to feed this little bird the food he deserves.
Instead of going back home the boy stayed out in the wild with the bird. They became friends real fast
and built a house together. The birds wing apparently stayed broken for years. The boy eventually got older
and decided to figure out why the birds wing was never getting any better. When the bird was sleeping he snuck
in and took of the cast. What he saw was astonishing. The grown up scout couldn't believe his eyes.


The script has been modified.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The hell?

Cmon man! I was really digging the story until the bird became some sort of zombie and killed the kid! Where did that come from lol?

Even with time restraints, you could have at least found a better ending then that!

funkycaveman responds:

Demon birds will ALWAYS get you.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I must say

this was quite a good piece of work.
You managed to animete this whole video, put everything together like sfx etc, and finish it before the deadline.
But apperently I was somehow, expecting something the whole flash over.
A twist, a nice toping. But then it was already at the ending and I was like:
"My what just happened? The forest is burning; the Raven kills the boy? Wait... what?"
(Also I was wondering why they sleep outside of the tent, when it´s raining; and why noone cares that the boys just gone and is living in the forest... but what Ever...)

Overall its lacking abit in the story, but the whole NG Jam is a bit strange.
So I think you did a good job.
I hope you can forgive me, but I´m more a storyline-lover, if the storys good it could be stickfigures as animation.
So you get a 7 and my respect

-Best of Germany, TeamSquad

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


it was good up to the end


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The ending

From what i could think of the crow/raven developed some sort of claw where the wing once was and like cut up his throat or something.

Then the part with him living with the crow wouldnt his parents get worried or didnt he have a family of his own? either way for the short amount of time you had i guess you ran out and had to improvise

Still a pretty good movie

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funkycaveman responds:

You basically nailed the ending. Thanks for the review.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

it's alright

liked the story, it was heartwarming in the middle and sad in the end. at the end though, when the forest fire was raging and the bird killed the boy i thought it was something like a zombocolypse, not a demon or anything but if you made the wing look something more like a scythe or something similar, it might of been clearer. but overall you did a good job for 48 hours

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funkycaveman responds:

Thanks for the review!