Arachnotorious - Ep 1

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Short Version: I'm back from a 10 year hiatus and draw my cartoons now instead of using sprites. There's many more to come, although they will be quick 'n dirty because I have a family and a job these days.

Long Version: Hi everyone, I'm back to Newgrounds! Many aeons ago I used to make sprite movies - in fact, they're still in my profile here. Then I went away for literally a decade. Went to college, got a day job somewhere, got married... but this is the internet, nobody cares about that brouhaha.

So this is a quick short I made in a couple of weeks just now - while still working said day job, I'm trying my best to produce new content for here and for my YouTube channel - so I can be the internet animator I've always wanted to be. I'm still the same 'ol me as before, except you're going to see both parodies -and- original content from me now. But I can assure you, the sense of humor that somehow kept you all entertained despite my films' crappy visuals back then is still intact.

This here, is something original. I have plans for more short gags involving this unlucky fellow - I hope everyone likes it! You can also see it on YouTube and subscribe to me there if you truly enjoy it - I would appreciate it!

If I even have any 'fans' left from the 2001 era, you're all grown up now like I am! How is your life now compared to then? Tell me in the comments :)

-DragoonFenix15 / Bill Cass

P.S. Sorry for not including a play/replay screen. My future submissions will definitely include them.


What have we here?
Straight away, I love the concept. Fantastic concept.

Nothing too special or eye-catching(unless you're like me and adore spiders).
The art is on-par and not painful, as is the animating, which was pretty neatly done. The audio is light an amusing, which fits well with the animation as a whole.

One bother, however, was that there was a very clear difference between the background art and the animated art.
Whilst neither were bad, the two styles did conflict and were very detached from each other. This made it seem like the animation was just pasted over a stock image.

Another issue was that when using the Newgrounds' stretch screen function, the animation was very pixellated. I don't know if this is just the way the function works, or if it is because the animation was done at too small of a size. I am unfamiliar with how this all works.
If it is because of animation/image sizes, I suggest making the art at a higher size/resolution.

Oh, and a replay button would be awesome. :3

Aside from that, all-in-all this was amusing and a great start to what I hope is just Episode 1 of many.

P.S. The final image made me laugh quite loudly. I love it.

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DragoonFenix15 responds:

That's an interesting criticism about the backgrounds not matching the foreground. For me, that was intentional because I wanted the characters to stand out from the background. But in a good way, not a bad way :) I tend not to like doing backgrounds in Flash (I do mine in Photoshop, then import to Flash) - the vectory Flash look comes off as cheap to me unless a bunch of texture is scribbled on, but then it becomes busy and distracting.

Thanks for taking the time to write such direct comments!

Very short, but colorful and thematically different than the usual fare here. I can forgive the lack of a pre-loader and a replay button (right-click rewind works), because care was taken creating all aspects of the piece.
Huh, I was growed up when I joined NG in those wild-west days of yore. How's my life now compared to 2001? 9/11 was the catalyst for a steady stream of suckiness, that extends to this day, sry to say.

I loved the idea about this and it definitely made me smile (I love the Ren and Stimpy soundtrack! It suits it well!) but its just ... TOO ... short! A few more sketches would have helped convey this man's horrible luck!

DragoonFenix15 responds:

Truth be told, this is part of a larger short with multiple gags and skits. But I am determined to provide a new short or two every month, so I split it up into a one-gag-per-short basis. Once I get a few finished I may submit them as one long movie with redone sound as a "special edition" though. :)

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3.77 / 5.00

Jan 25, 2013
4:05 AM EST
Comedy - Original