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Captain Ig'nant

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May 18, 2011 | 3:02 AM EDT
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THIS IS A SATIRE. Captain Ig'nant represents the unfortunate hold of negative stereotypes placed upon the black community. I am black, most of the voices are black, and if you pass this off as "racist" and do attempt to understand the message, you are not doing any favor for the issues. This is meant to make people laugh yes but also point out the flaws in the current image of black America.

This is my animation for my junior thesis at the University of the Arts. And yes I got an 'A', haha, thank you Elliot Cowan.

Whenever a black person even THINKS about acting rationally, or dares to rise above stereotypes, your friendly hood-ass Captain Ignant is there to save the day! From African Americans getting shot for ridiculous reasons, to suburbanite black kids trying to be hood, Captain Ignant is there to keep black people the way they were "supposed" to be: IG'NANT!

Animated in Toon Boom Animate 2
Composited/Special Effects in Adobe After Effects CS5
Most voices recorded with Blue Yeti Microphone



Rated 5 / 5 stars


I'm black and I thought this was funny. I understand the message as well and agree 100%!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This shit made me laugh,

In fact, the best part of it was that it made me laugh while illustrating a very valid point. I grew up in Detroit, well within the infamous 8-mile belt of the inner city, and was like the one white guy out of like ten black guys. They were some good friends, rough around the edges but shit, we were living in Detroit, who WASN'T going to end up hard-boiled? While they were great guys, there was one thing I noticed that kind of distressed me a bit; the sort of pedestal that being a 'n***a' was elevated to, and the down-talking towards any black guy who wanted to actually do something meaningful with his life. Not all of them were like this, of course. But there was a sort of derision aimed at a couple of the guys who wanted to get the hell out of the ghetto and get a real career going, as if doing something meaningful would make them weak. Part of the problem is that when you're growing up in a negative environment, you're bred to be negative; towards yourself, towards others, and towards life itself. I'm not gonna get up on no christian pedestal and go "accepting Jesus into their lives is the only thing that'll make it all better" because EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF THEM was a Christian and that sure as fuck wasn't changing shit. Still...there is a strange cultural pull towards "white" black guys that makes them out to be inferior, and it's good that you addressed it. More attention needs to be given to that, I think, and the problem needs to be dealt with; the sooner, the better.

Anyway, excellent animation, the voice acting was great, the subject material was terrific, all in all a 10-5 from me.

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Chakra-X responds:

Thank you very much for sharing this. I know growing up in the suburbs gave me better opportunities than those who grew up in rougher neighborhoods, so I am always eager to see what that perspective looks like. I get that they themselves do not want to feel inferior when they see others moving out to better areas and careers, but it is still a poisonous mindset.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Laugh Out Loud Funny

I'm black too and I found this hilarious... I completely understand the message too.

Only complaint... I wish it was longer.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


Really Good, Funny, and well animated :D , Keep up the good work and release more Sh!@ :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Cap. Ig'nant strangely reminds me of...

Kanye West