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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


This movie... It can instill many feelings. It instills feelings of sadness, but above all, happiness.

This cute, alternative universe you guys created is just wonderful. It feels like an universe created for children and the story that plays there is abstract, yet clear.

I want to see more, of this, of this universe. Of the city, the wolves, the people. The clouds; the cute, rainbow puking clouds.
The animation was great, your style is so cute, yet you still managed to instill feelings of sadness, and even fear.

Of any animation that's on Newgrounds, maybe this deserves the perfect score the most.
The playtime is long, 30 minutes is really long for a movie on the internet, yet it feels exactly right.

I do not know what happened in the end, to the invisible man, his shadow and the moon and part of me does not want to know. What I definitely want to know more about is the rest of this awesome world you created and really hope you will make more.

The movie left me, feeling sad, but good at the same time.

10 out of 10 and 5 out of 5, there is no score that is more suitable.

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KibitzCo responds:

We have talked about sequels, but I don't think it'll happen any time soon unfortunately. However, you can get a good fix for the feelings with the occasional updates on Erin's blog: I'm glad you liked it so much!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I'm speachless...

Your story was just so. Captivating. I can't really put it into words. it just made me feel good, for some odd reason..


Rated 5 / 5 stars


My favorite part was the wolves. They are the sweetest things and I love how cutely you animated them.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

this almost made me cry

I haven't cried in over 2 years, so this has some very deep meaning to me. You sure have done a good job, and deserve the best score ever for this reached out to me in some very inexplicable ways, good day.

KibitzCo responds:

People like you make this worth it.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


This amazes me to much for words