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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


I loved every moment of this animation. :D

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Lots of it.

Fantastic dream images.

Maybe you should have divided this long story into episodes, or just part 1 and part 2?

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KibitzCo responds:

Yeah... I know... that was even the original plan, to have 7 separate animations that could be more or less combined. In the end, they ended up being of such different lengths, and so dependent on each other, that it didn't make sense not to just put it all together. NEXT TIME. Next time I will storyboard so thoroughly, and I will keep the length reasonable for sure.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

turely stunning

i was confused at first but then, slowly but surely everything made sence. i made me want to cry and smile. the spirt's shadow reminded me of my best friend.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


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

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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!