Sonnet 73

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Shakespeare's 73rd Sonnet, a reflection on passing and death. Perhaps appropriate as we lament the passage of the old Newgrounds to make way for the new.

Now available on youtube for your viewing pleasure: http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=030tRSurgvM

An old high school project that I saw fit to remaster for release here. In response to earlier criticism, the abhorrent narration has been removed. Further criticism is welcome as always, and I'll try to answer any questions you might have.

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"That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me, thous see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long."

-W Shakespeare

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It's not often that you see a flash that involves William Shakespeare, which more people on here should check out. Truth is, I think that people such as yourself are sorely needed on Newgrounds, and lots of people could learn something from you.

Graphics: I really like your use of warm/cool contrasts and gradients. When it comes to the latter, it takes a delicate hand to make them look good; anyone else would have done this poorly. In addition, the Frame-by-frame parts were well done along with the usage of shape tweening. However, the red figure in one scene has arms that are too short. I suggest you study anatomy for a bit.
Sound: Great use of Ryan Tani's music, which really fit the mood that you were trying to convey. Plus, I like the limited use of sound effects with the fire.
Content: This kind of reminds me of Celx Requin's flash (CoolJaw: Dreaming Darkly, The Sugar Claws), but without his brand of dark and gritty. The direction was excellent and seeing that Shakespeare is an underused subject on here; you get an added bonus. I bet if you keep practicing, you'll be in the top five some day.

-Underused subject
-Clever use of gradients, shape tweening, and masking.
-Great frame by frame animation
-Fitting music
-Something different

-Not everyone will appreciate the length.

Overall: Here's a nine (4.5/5) from me.

You should do number 20, next. Heh heh heh heh

Music is slow. Besides that the narration lacks personality. The animation is great. Two errors, three stars.

RPGsrok responds:

Narration has been removed. I feel the slow music was justified by the subject. Thanks for your critique.

Really, really this thing got more review is not for that HORRIBLE VOICE ACTING!!!!. Really is turn down all the others features

RPGsrok responds:

"Horrible voice acting" has been removed. If you feel so inclined, I would much enjoy hearing if you feel this increased the merit of the work. Thanks for your critique.

Animation was amazing. Everything about it was brilliance.

The narration was bleh. It's for that reason alone that I ding a star.

RPGsrok responds:

Narration has been removed. Thanks for your critique.

Credits & Info

3.64 / 5.00

Feb 10, 2012
2:14 PM EST