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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 4.5 / 5 stars

I think I get the ending...

The ending's the only confusing point in the whole animation, so here's a little explanation that hopefully clears things up:

-First off, the birds. Simply put, they added a surreal effect to the moon's death. Now, why birds? Well...This bit's a theory, but the birds are what tied him to the world. By eating/swallowing/storing (I really don't know how to describe it) living things, the moon was able to stay alive. However, as all the birds made their escape, the moon began losing it's life, as it couldn't keep his payments to staying alive. (eating birds)

-Now, with the hardest, most confusing point out of the way, I'll move onto the invisible man. What exactly happened to him? In simple terms, he became the moon's shadow. (Which is why his shadow tells him he might not like what can be done to save the moon, because he hates shadows.) Now, as to how becoming the moon's shadow saved the moon, I'll quote a line. "Without a shadow, you're invisible." Earlier in the animation, the invisible man is described as a ghost. Does that not apply to the moon as well, seeing how people never know that the reason they float in the air is because the moon's walking by? And going off of the point I made with the birds and the moon, I suppose the invisible man's payment is to be haunted by shadows in order to stay tied to the living realm.

Hope this helps! :D

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Something not to ignore

Truly a work of art, long but worth the wait. If you enjoying thinking and a good story this is for you.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It was the boy all along!

I am very impressed with your work. The foreshadowing, the voice acting, the plot, the smooth animation, and the music worked coherently to create a visual masterpiece. I only wish that you had made the plot a little more clear. I give you 5/5 and 9/10! Good job and keep up the good work!

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Interesting, Abstract, Beautiful.

I find this animation a really, really interesting movie. I love the concept of this whole animation, but i am certainly confused, and somehow dissapointed, because i was expecting to see something that tied the whole animation over in just one rational thing, i mean, there was no relation between one day and the other, like he killed the little human and said "I will never regret this" and at the next day he is all like it didn't happened. But still, i liked many things as well. i loved the detal that you put in every scene, i also love the faces, they matched perfectly to the kind of voice you gave to the characters. I liked the narration type of things. liked that it was divided by days. liked the whole atmospheric kind of feel. The Ambient sounds were great. Besides being 30 minutes long, it didn't took forever to load. I believe this could really be a masterpiece, you just need to make everything make sense, take most of what is abstract and convert it into a logical thing. Tweek it a little bit.

I got interrupted the first time i was watching the animation, and missed part of it... so i had to watch it over again until i got to the part where i left the last time, you should add a pause button, or a scene selection, that would let us go to the part where we left, this because its really a long animation.

Thats all, my friend. Congratulations!.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


That was a strange poetry. The stories were interesting. THe eventual unity was beautiful and the ending... well, there's not much I can say about it. This is one that has to be seen and... almost felt... to be understood properly. Hmm... I'm still a little confused, but the animation resolved itself really well.

Kudos. I look forward to more!