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Alive (NATA Finals)

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This is my entry for the final round of NATA 2012! It's been fun!

The theme was "the final fork in the road." For those having trouble seeing how that fits with this movie, remember that the fork in the road is for Death and not Calvin.

First, some things that went wrong. Because it's all frame-by-frame, some of it is shaky. Oops. The way I coloured it is weird and the backgrounds aren't too detailed. The sounds mixing isn't too great, but that's partially because I got my friends to record their lines at their own houses, so the quality differed. Now, things that I thought went well. On the whole, I think the frame-by-frame came out nicely and I'm proud of it. But ore importantly, I branched out in terms of story. This breaks the same formula I've been using since the novice round, and I didn't have to panic and change things last minute like I did last time. It actually sort of worked, so that's nice.

I doubt I'm going to win NATA because I'm against Emrox, but NATA was definitely a great experience. Just compare my open round entry ("Splice of Life") to this. I definitely got something out of this all. Expect me back again next year!


It was pretty good, but I heard something like a hit in a mycrophone D:

Even if you don't win, Pahgawk, this one's a winner on many levels.

It's a classic tale of a man's refusal to accept death, and Death's refusal to accept this response with almost every person he confronts upon their deaths. Then it takes a twist and leaves you wondering what the beginning of a new journey will take this forked and overworked being.

Being a rushed entry made in a timeline with little time to spare, the background layouts were minimal and the voice-overs were performed at different houses for inconsistent results come mixing time. The frame-by-frame, despite occasional shakiness, appears to be a great success, as two white eyes go a long way to establish the character of someone hopelessly going through the motions. In short, this is one of those cartoons that you'll wish to be remade.

I believe the correct term would be existential rather than ethical, although either applies.

What will throw people is that Death is the Protagonist and not the Antagonist. He's doing a service for the greater scheme of things. Then, he gets fed up with the absurd refusals of each person he meets and is introduced to an interesting notion: why not die himself? Would that not change how things go, or just eliminate a middleman that people will only argue with? At least he could address his grievances, or maybe find out where he guides the fallen, as he does not know where they end up. That's deeper than usual, and should be recognized by the viewer.

Everything is served with a reasonable measure of humor that, while hit-and-miss, manages to avoid the typical Newgrounds pratfall of becoming over-the-top or risque. It's actually reminiscent of cartoons seen on daytime television, devoid of the Adult Swim irony and self-deprecation. It's comforting to know that "Everything by Everyone" still includes Pahgawk's brand of wit. It's not perfect, but it's better than not perfect AND depraved.

If anything, I hope this guy wins. Even so, "Alive" should be considered one of the greats on Newgrounds and, to wit, deserves a remake more than Pico's School does.

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Very good, but you should've hired a professional voice actor for Death's voice, mate. There are plenty of more than qualified VAs here on NG who will more than happily do it for free, i assure you.

I thought it was fantastic! I read your description first so I realize that you were aware of the faults in the video, so that to me makes it like aren't really mistakes. Anyways, amazing job a Good Luck at the NATA 2012!

Eh. The voice acting was mediocre in my opinion, esp. from death. But that aside, it was great!

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4.17 / 5.00

Oct 10, 2012
5:34 PM EDT
Comedy - Original