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IAMW, Charlie Brown

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Full Title: "It's A Mad World, Charlie Brown"

After being kicked from his baseball team Charlie Brown struggles to maintain his sanity.

Note: Don't forgot to check out the extras for more back-story.
+ Small Easter Egg in the art gallery

Also on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=1XzhIlQAEpU


Good but could have been great

[Warning, my review will contain spoilers]

Ok, this may be a bit of a harsh score but I honestly think this could have been a lot better (at least for me as a viewer).

First of all, you've created a beautifully animated piece. The characters all look perfect, as if you've ripped them straight out of a Charlie Brown cartoon. They also moved very fluidly and your backgrounds are also spot on in their imitation of the show/cartoon.

The music fit quite well into the flash itself. The hip hop beat fit well into this idea of Charlie Brown's growing madness and somehow it seems to go in hand in hand with the Brown household. The piano pieces also give off really calm feel and seem very much of the peanuts cartoon style. It's a cool juxtaposition to the theme of madness that we see growing through the piece. The thing that irked me was the cliché use of mad world. It's been done to death and didn't really fit in with the rest of the instrumental pieces.

The voice acting was good. You're obviously not going to get a perfect imitation of the characters but most of your voice actors got close enough to the original accents that I wasn't even thinking about this being a fan made video while I was watching it. The only one that was slightly off was Charlie Brown himself. A couple of times I heard a sort of lisp on Charlie Brown's voice and it threw me off a bit.

Now my real gripe with the animation was the plot. I think you went the slightly easier, but less rewarding route in setting up the whole "Beelzebub" story angle. For example, the best scene in the whole thing was with Schroeder and Lucy. This was because of the interaction between the two characters really fantastic and it really hit home the relationship those two characters had. It made me look back at the real peanuts comics/movies and have a real think about the relationship. It works so well because it follows the real peanuts so closely but just goes that one step further, saying the stuff that has never been said.

I think you could have done this Charlie Brown and Lucy's relationship. Instead you went with the crazy hallucinations and talking to the devil track. I was really disappointed when the animation took that turn. I just feel you could have done much better. Instead of making a big impact on me like the schroeder/lucy scene due to how closely it followed the source material, instead it broke my connection to the whole story a bit. It's just that bit far removed, bit far fetched, and at least in my eyes, that bit tacky.

With that said, I still enjoyed the animation but instead of leaving a huge impact the whole demon thing broke my connection. I came away thinking about how amazingly well animated it was instead of thinking how amazing it was as a whole.

NEXTVIEW-Designs responds:

I think you'll find that the Beelzebub storyline is bit deeper than you think, stay tuned for part 2.

Good Laugh

Funny video. Surprised that charlie brown might not get arrested. I also know where you got those silhoutted sprites from. One looks like a demon from DFO and the other ones looks something like Stalkers also from DFO. Still rather enjoying

In the middle

It's hard to describe this flash. You've obviously put a fair bit of work into it, but the plot-line seems very weird and confusing. It would of made a lot more sense to use it seriously, but the way you've done it seems like it's meant to be funny and, no offence, its not. Basically, i think your combination of cartoon and seriousness doesn't work. It was nicely made though, so ill give you a 6.

NEXTVIEW-Designs responds:

parents just don't understand.

real good only technical a bit bad

you must realy do something about the borders, at the sides i can see parts of your animation you don't want to show

Lucy's the worst

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4.43 / 5.00

Jun 15, 2011
12:26 PM EDT
  • Frontpaged June 16, 2011
  • Daily 4th Place June 16, 2011
  • Weekly 4th Place June 21, 2011