Death & Elsie: Part 1

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Death finds a friend in one of his victims. Part 1 of a three-part series. Written and animated by Katy Towell. Narration by Tim Jones. See more stuff at http://skary.com!


This really is a unique and engaging story! I also like your mostly B&W minimalist style. Top notch voice work as well. Overall - A

I really enjoy the animation, the delivery and the story telling. I have watched it over and over again. This is a great animation. I like the extremely crisp style and the details that you put in the ornamental touches. I would like to suggest a few things; however:

I think that the black and white color scheme has too much contrast. The piece feels like it is sunk into the page and almost two dimensional. I suggest adding shading through grey-scale. This would allow for more color variation in your arsenal and allow shading which would help the shapes to pop out more in the third dimension.

Secondly, I know that you do use some background music for the appropriate times in the story; however, the lack of music in all other places allows for low levels of static to come through the short. I suggest that you have constant ambient music and incorporate peaks and valleys to match the mood. This way it doesn't distract away from the story.

I may not be able to articulate these concepts very well as I have never really animated anything. I do not know the verbage or correct terminology. I think adding those two suggestions would really take the short to the next level. Then again, you may be designing these effects on purpose. Anyhow, GREAT use of non-black/white color. The voice acting is superb and for some reason, the artistic style really emotes and engages the viewer/reader/watcher. Watching it again for the fifth time. . . . Thanks for uploading.

I liked that a LOT! Wonderful animation and narration. I can't wait till part 2!

well voiced nice animations u sir did a good job

This cartoon was simply fantastic. It's one of the best pieces that you have ever worked on and you are a great artist. It's not just that the animation is fantastic, it's just that it has such a wonderful story. It kind of makes you wonder what it must be like to be Death. I liked how you commented on Death moving onto non-human animals. That must be even harder for him.

The voicework was absolutely fantastic as well. While it was only one voice, it truly seemed like someone you would hear on an audio taping of some Edgar Allan Poe work. You can't help but fall in love with this girl. I'm eager to see what happens when the rest of this comes out. I hope it's as good as this!

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Jul 16, 2012
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