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J&J: Sweet and Sour

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Oct 9, 2012 | 2:19 PM EDT

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This is my entry for 1st round of the NMAE tournament (made in 21 days). The theme was "sweet and sour". I wanted to challenge myself a bit, so I decided to go with something film noir-inspired.
To be honest I ended up getting a bit bored with this animation, and no matter how much I stared at it it didn't seem to help. Buuut at least I've got a list of things that worked as well as things that didn't now.

I can recommend watching this in higher quality on my youtube channel: 02



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Excellent voice acting, and charming art style! Not a very developed story, but hey, not bad for two minutes! I'd like to have seen some extra personality traits that would have made the characters more memorable, but overall, excellent job!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

THAT was impressive. By far one of best animations you have produced so far.

The acting was top notch! The lead characters voice reminded me of snake or spike from cowboy bebop :D

The animation was very smooth and had excellent flow. The walk cycles in particular had a great bounce and sense of life. I also really like the style of the linework, it certainly distinguishes you from the crowd.

However, I still think that the background could use a little work and you need to be a bit more careful about your execution of close ups. It seems that, because you aren't using vector lines like in flash, the close cuts have a very noticeable drop in quality. Maybe in future you'd be better off redrawing the close up shots rather than enlarging (or zooming into) a previous mid shot, if that is in fact the case.
Though I can understand if you did that to save time due to the deadline of the competition ;p

Also I feel, though this is only my opinion, that the colour palette could have been a bit bolder. More contrasting colours, deeper blacks etc would have made the 'Film Noir' atmosphere 'pop' just a little bit more. But that is no real fault on your part since it is only my personal, directional preference.

Anyway, keep it up! and hold on to that voice cast! ( really professional ;p )
I'm looking forward to what you come out with next!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Man, that is a great noir film, I loved the concept.
Nice clean animation there, you set the mood perfectly. I just wish this could be a series :P

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

Good animation, good voice acting.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

That was great! The style was soft and in simple yet nostalgic design. It was literally like watching an awesome Mystery, Suspense and Noir animation from back in the good old 90's. Audio especially voice acting was very superb. I really love the portrayal of the detective, you have to send him my regards him made my heart throb with nostalgia. He reminded me of Steve Blum for a minute there! It was a nice short, experimental take and story on mystery and a classic dose of suspense. I'm going to bestow you a 4/5 and a 4/5 in voting power. You've done a fantastic job here friend, You and your crew should be very proud on this final product. I hope the recognition picks up the pace for you. Keep practicing, creating and contributing here. I hope you've enjoyed this review friends. Good day.

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