Splice of Life (NATA)

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This was made for the open round of the Newgrounds Annual Tournament of Animation. The theme was "discovery of time travel."

This is the first time I've participated in anything like this, so I ended up working like crazy in case I didn't finish in time. It turns out, after spending pretty much all my free time working and temporarily forgetting about having a social life, I got it done right on time. See, I'm actually leaving to go to Waterloo for the Skills Ontario 2D animation competition soon, where I will only have access to a computer while I'm working on my animation for that competition, so I wouldn't be able to work on my NATA entry. My entry is done now, though, so I no longer need to worry about that.

As for the theme, I didn't want to do a typical time travel story, so I interpreted the theme a little differently. I recalled that scene from Back to the Future 2 where Doc draws a graph showing multiple timelines for Marty. I took this idea where, rather than moving along the forwards/backwards axis (x), I would move along the timelines axis (y), or in the case of this video, squish them all together into one timeline using a package that was supposed to be delivered to the mad scientist next door. It's a stretch in terms of adherence to the theme, but I think it still works.

Anyway, it looks like NATA's going to be a blast this year. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's entries!


nice animation !

This is worthy....

A very interesting piece I wish you good luck. Could use more anticipation, but considering high stress small hours to get it done, its really great. The music and animation, connected with great story, went really well.

Awesome bad thing i'm too late.... but it was still cool... there is an error in the bus part the door is in the left part of the bus and he gets out from the right part.. hahahaha

Pahgawk responds:

She's small enough to climb out the windows, right....? Yep oops that was a mistake. The door's on the wrong side, unless the bus was designed to let small children walk off into traffic. Sounds safe enough.

Wow, you have a great concept here. I really enjoyed watching it and it was really entertaining. Your frame by frame was pretty good, but when you tweened, it was only mediocre. Other than that, this was original and I think that while yes, some may consider your color concepts a shortcut, I viewed them as talented work because you made them work so well.

First submission I've seen for the tournament this year but I would love to see you make it past the open round.

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Apr 29, 2012
8:33 AM EDT