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A Tale Of Woe

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Nov 1, 2012 | 3:17 PM EDT

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Music: A Tale Of Woe by Terry Hall and Mushtaq ,The Hour of Two Lights



Rated 5 / 5 stars

That was amazing. I would think that she is smiling because she survived in spite of the horror she went through, in the end sometimes you have to appreciate what little you have in a crappy world. You should definatly do more.

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TaraGraphika responds:

Your right. enjoy the little things. You should read 'The Catcher in the Rye' sometimes. Thank you. If people review more, the more faster the script for the sequel will be on the storyboard. If not...then I probably leave the end hanging.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

A Tale of Woe in The Middle East

This 3 minute short has a unique animation style and a very interesting one at that. It is like the characters were animated using cutouts from a sketchbook and the backgrounds were cut and pasted together from photographs of real life war sites. The the closest things I could compare to the character animation would be the character animation from Nintendo's Hotel Dusk and A-Ha's music video, "Take On Me" from the 80's. The results are very impressive, since a lot of the action in this looked hard to animate.

The story is very grim. The story mostly consists of all the horrible stuff you hear and read about in the news regarding the United State's War on Terror. The violence against women, the bombings, the collateral damage on behalf the U.S. Military, the civilian and US causalities... All through the eyes of a young orphan(?) dodging hellfire and what not. The short ends with the kid waking up in a hospital bed from a recap of everything witnessed, looking out the window, and giving a smile. I interpret this to mean the kid becoming desensitized to the violence and general horror, to the point of accepting it as if it were a natural thing.

So I ask the author, what country does this animation take place? I assume it's Afghanistan because of the early scene where the kid kicks a heroin needle on the ground.

For those who don't know Afghanistan has a problem with heroin due to the oppressive regime of the Taliban which outlawed all forms of entertainment and media, in addition to women's rights. A lot of adults in Afghanistan get high from heroin and zone out in the streets since there is nothing else to do besides praise Allah.

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TaraGraphika responds:


Have you seen Sherlock BBC? He asked Watson if he was posted from Afghanistan or from Iraq just by telling it from small details of his features. The same goes for your observant on the heroin needle. Amazing and Fantastic. You are right. This whole animation is taken place in Afghanistan.

Thank you for your wonderful review. I bet everyone could tell it's from Afghanistan, but to prove it, small details should be observed.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

This was very good! If you want, you can make a sequel about after she leaves the hospital, and about the dark faults where she thought she was safe.

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TaraGraphika responds:

Thank you Attirah. Probably I should make a sequel....if anybody is interested on it though. the more reviews i get the faster the script will proceed.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Clicked this link by mistake...
Best mistake I ever made !
The song is great and the animation is even better !
Great job, keep up the good work.

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TaraGraphika responds:

We make happy little accidentXD

Thank You!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

The animation of the kid was so intensive i mean, it was realy alive.

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TaraGraphika responds:

Hmm...why do you say Kid?...why not be specific?

But anyways, thank you for commenting. Life is intensive. That's why we human are alive.