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SMRPG Waltz of the Forest

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Jul 9, 2011 | 12:01 AM EDT
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"Waltz of the Forest"
Performed by Final Boss
Vocals by Kirbopher
Rapping by ShadyVox
Opera by MusicalMike
Arrangement by Psyguy

"Rawest Forest" by Martin Hagwell
"Geno's Forest" by XBrav
"Beware the Forest Mushrooms" by Yoko Shimomura

Back in 2007, the last Flash animation I did as I was graduating High School and entering College was a music video based on "Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars" for the Super Nintendo, a game that I have over a decade of history with. Yoko Shimomura's music is a huge part of what's so amazing about this game, "Beware the Forest Mushrooms" (theme of the "Forest Maze" stage) being one of her most highly regarded compositions. DJ XBrav created a lyrical version of the song that took the internet by storm many years ago, evolving into a meme that fans of the game all know and love. Martin Hagwell later remixed this into the popular "Rawest Forest" song, which I later used as the song for the music video that has now received millions of views in the past several years.

Today, as the last Flash animation I'm doing as I graduate College and enter into the rest of my life: Myself, Blake "ShadyVox" Swift, Bryon "Psyguy" Beaubien and Musical Mike Patterson, have joined forces to bring you a new version of the popular Forest Maze composition from Super Mario RPG, paying tribute to both XBrav's and Marta's remixes as well as Yoko Shimomura's original piece. This animation was done over the course of two weeks, as opposed to the original music video that was finished in one week. I crammed in as many geeky references in there as I possibly could to show my appreciation for this amazing game and I hope everyone who's ever played Super Mario RPG will get a big smile in remembering all the fun stuff from Mario and company's adventures. Big thanks as well to my creative partners that helped in making this song and everyone who supported me during the animation process.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

A Good Piece

I can tell a good amount of effort when into this, and it shows. That is especially true in its animation; there were many subtle references to Super Mario RPG that only a true fan would be able to realize and illuminate.

That being stated, I feel it lacks a bit in the lyrics department. Even now, I really can't remember anything special about the lyrics. What made the first song's lyrics memorable is that it contained a fair share of references to the game itself (outside of traversing Geno's maze). There were also a few parts that seemed a bit too akin to a slideshow instead of storytelling, but that's a minor complaint.

It may seem that I'm just focusing on the places that might need a little polish, but I only point them out in loo of the parts that were spectacularly done. It's a great piece, and I thank you for sharing it with all of us.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


awesome i guess...


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Pretty good! The animation was nice, transition was good, and had a good beat. 4/5 stars!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's good

There were some parts of this remix that weren't as good as Marta's though, so when I watched this expecting the most perfect version of the song, it let me down a little. For example, the voice of the goomba at the start just seems to cut abruptly into the next part of the song (the timing didn't seem quite right to me, and that kind of thing can really throw off the mood of the song). If the remix (mostly concerning the vocal parts) was a bit more fleshed out, I would consider this a 9 or 10.

The animation was nicely arranged, and crammed in a good amount of references to SMRPG as well. Overall it was a good flash for a great game, both entertaining and nostalgic. Good work to all involved, and good luck Chris on your future work.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


nice animation nixand OK song