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Moon Diary

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Aug 3, 2011 | 6:18 PM EDT

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WARNING: This animation is 30 MINUTES LONG. Be prepared for this.

That said, it is my personal belief that it is worth it.

A lonely, childlike moon keeps a diary of his depression, boredom, and recurring nightmares. His daily realities seem to be based on dream logic: clouds with bovine personalities, teeth with eyes and mailmen who fly in balloons. He writes about his very few friends, an invisible person, a pack of wolves, and a boy who lives in space on a garbage pile, protecting the earth from debris. The moon mopes along his 'horrible as usual' orbit, as the invisible one suffers with his own surreal identity crisis while desperately trying to reach out to the moon. Moon Diary is 7 days through the eyes of this gentle sky rock.

Based on characters and comics by Erin Tanner with animation by Curtis Randolph and Charlie Daugherty; Moon Diary (2010) creates a world with a simple, bright surface on an enigmatic, dark and maze-like core.

If you want "pause" and "chapter select," this animation is also up on YouTube. Just search for "Moon Diary" and scroll past all the Sailor Moon garbage. :)

Music by June Madrona. Check out the bicycle records store to buy June Madrona albums, or the Moon Diary DVD, which includes bonus content!



Rated 5 / 5 stars


Not sure I fully understood everything, but that was truly brilliant. Thanks for sharing this with us


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Simply put, this story was beautiful, the characters, the setting, the ending, the story of this cartoon is the most beautiful thing I have seen in years.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

an amazing piece of art

this was amazing i was pulled into the world as soon as it started, i felt a connection the both the moon and the invisible man. i can't really describe how I felt but this was truly masterful, the art was just gorgeous and pleasing to watch, the music as fantastic and really captured the feel and just the way the story was told with such poetry it was... it was just... well lets just say 30 minutes wasn't enough i could of watched the moon all day and still be fascinated.

well done and thank you for this wonderful piece of art

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


Just, wow.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Loved the invisible man, hated the moon,

That was definitely interesting. At first I thought it might be the usual vague pseudo-intellectual artsy crap that's always floating around and getting those 3 sentence reviews calling it a "masterpiece" on a flash site on the internet. But I always watch something completely before I review it and I have to admit by the end it started making sense. There was actually a plot, as surreal as that plot was; it was there. I don't want to spoil anything, but I really enjoyed every scene with the invisible man. The Moon, not so much. There were plenty of humorous moments albeit few and far between. The ending, my god the ending made the rest of the flash worth it.
I did find a few things absurd, such as the invisible man always exclaiming to himself "what is this? where am I?" but I guess without a face to put expressions on it was difficult to portray his reactions. The moon's personality really annoyed me. He sounded like some emo kid always whining about how shitty his life was. I know he was supposed to be childlike but I couldn't pin down what age. Playing with a whale and a ship in a "bathtub" suggests an age lower than his vocabulary would imply. Finally, the content didn't really fit the medium of "flash animation". If this was some high budget CG animation I would totally watch it on IMAX. I'm not sure if that last part should be taken as criticism or not.

In the end this is a flash animation whose content actually exceeds the medium. And that is a rare thing.

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KibitzCo responds:

Making the dialogue for the Invisible One seem natural was incredible difficult. You should see some of the earlier drafts. :) I wish that I had had the energy to keep at and maybe approach the whole thing differently. I tell you though, after two years, you kind of just want it to be done.

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it overall!