Has Serious Flaws
Your animation is okay. Quite good still and line work in fact- I liked your drawing style. That being said, your voice acting was atrocious. The two primarily introduced characters sounded like the same being. The british orc goblin fuckoff thing sounded like a bad joke. I'm as big of a Dr. Shroud fan as anyone, but this level of production quality doesn't deserve the front page of newgrounds.
Also, the plot is completely contrived, almost as bad as a videogame. Hurr Durr here is a map with 7 red skull waypoints to it that we will stop by "much like levels", and we can only see through it was a key! I love fantasy. Good fantasy. This is not good fantasy. I didn't love it.
Keep the work up. And the writing. And the Voice Acting.
New to the Shroud series
And my first impression is positive! Did the music box remind anyone else of a witches' Sabbat? I can't wait to find out what purpose it holds ;)
Dr. Shroud still kicks major ass!
I just started watching this two years ago, and I have to say; you have made notable improvements in your drawing, animation, direction, timing, and storytelling, Rob. Plus, it's nice to see you submitting again, along with many other NG 'old timers.' What's next, the return of Keegan's Truck, Combat Instinct, Joe Zombie, or The Lloyds?
Art & Animation: It may have the same Feldman style, but it looks a lot cleaner and more dynamic than Alley of the Dolls and La Maudite. In addition, you did a good job on the tweening, unlike most segment-tweening-based animators on here (example: Legendary Frog). Also worth noting is your clever use of gradients for light and color theory, something most people on here need to study as much as proportions, anatomy, perspective, form, and lighting.
Sound: Good job on the behalf of Science Friction for the music, and the only problem is with the voice acting. While it's not laughably bad; it could have been done better. However, I am thankful for the fact that you're not using people who are stale from overexposure.
Content: While I haven't seen the other episodes that were made after the La Maudite story arc; that didn't stop me from enjoying this one bit. Your direction and pace are excellent although that resulted in this being short. However, I'd rather have something that's short, but well-directed and written over something that's needlessly long due to bad direction and timing. However, I think that you could have included subtitles because the voice recordings are a little soft. That and the credits went by rather fast: not even fast readers could read all that in such short notice.
-Excellent Direction and pace
-Compelling plot and dialog.
-Clever color selection
-The voice acting, while not bad, could have been done better and with a higher volume.
-Could have used subtitles
-Credits went by too fast
Overall: Mr. Feldman, will a nine out of ten suffice?
Good to see more :D
Wow, ever since I started watching Dr. Shroud: BITB, I couldn't stop but keep checking constantly for new animations. i love the way you make everything so eerie and creepy that it's awesome and mysterious :3 I love it! Keep it up~!
There you are!
Have been waiting for the next Ep. Cool to hear about the offers, toys and such. Look forward to more. Kewdos