Moon Diary

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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! http://bicyclerecords.com/store/



allot of this was hard to follow and confusing, if you clean up the story some it would be much nicer to watch, as it is its way too confusing.

This was amazing.

Truely you put on a show that had everything.
you Showed me a dream like state and a sense of insanity
you Showed me Life, its fragility, and Death.
you showed me a story i could understand, but still wonder about what it means.
you showed me a life of creatures that had character and made sense, even if it wasn't true.
you showed me Fiction in its purest form, even though it felt so real
You showed me the fall of somthing powerful, the rise of somthing weak, and they both were put together to make somthing silent, peaceful, and everstill.
its absolutely amazing what you did here Nothing has ever topped a story so creative, so dreamlike, so deep, so well made, somthing that had Everything and could still hold itself together as a story
You deserve to have an award, and you should publish a story like this in a book.
Something like this NEVER comes along, especially on the internet. You deserve the front page, and an award for such a wonderful story that could very easily become an INSTANT classic.
You are brilliant, and i thank you so much for making this masterpiece.

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KibitzCo responds:

Haha, wow, I think the review you wrote might be a piece of art in itself! :) Thank you!


Outstanding. Great story and use of voice in the writing. Really enjoyed it.

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Longest flash I ever saw

Also the only flash I've seen that gave credits for all the sound FX used.
I thought the story was pretty bland until the teeth decaying part, then it started taking off. I had a good laugh at the part where he's playing with the boat and the whale, and the Invisible Boy's 'powerwalk' was priceless. The animation wasn't really 'extraordinary' until the end where the moon was breaking apart. This is a nice change of pace for newgrounds, where video game parodies and crudely drawn experiments with lack of good humor are all to prevalent.

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Easy going animation for a relaxing half hour

I actually quite enjoyed the animation as it flowed in all aspects, from music to narration to animation. The artsy cartoon style and pastel colors appeal to me, as well as the qualities of the animals, clouds and people.
I don't exactly understand the story per se, as events don't seem to always have an (obvious) consequence, for example the moon stepping on the boy. The diary tone of the story is also questionable when the moon "never forgives himself" since it suggests the entry is written long after the fact. Small things-to nitpick-about aside, this animation was a fluid, passively engaging tale (is that even possible?). It was great.


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4.42 / 5.00

Aug 3, 2011
6:18 PM EDT