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Feb 20, 2013 | 10:36 PM EST
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CHILDREN, created by Mohammad Ahmed Fikree. The film won Special Jury Prize at Dubai International Film Festival 2011.
The drama of a mother and her children planning a desperate escape from a scary, hungry beast that preys on them is captured in this short animation film.
Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @mohdfikree // ildren



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

That was a wonderfully done cartoon. It's too bad I had no idea what was going on in it. I was thinking it was supposed to represent something, but I didn't understand it. I like how it doesn't take the easy way out and has most of the main characters die. That's a pretty realistic depiction. I saw the bull attack the monster and was confused by how it was only half done.

Wow, this new format has really changed how I view these things. The animation was just gorgeous. I love how you manage to show much emotion even without dialogue or even faces! The monster is designed especially well. I can't believe I missed this when it first came out.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Well, your animation and music skills are remarkable. Your story scripting needs a lot of work. The titles and the first 4 minutes were slow and uninteresting. Even though, this was a excellent piece of art. Congratulations and keep improving your story telling abilities.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

This is truly a work of art, nothing less!

The story was basic, but very well executed: the lighting, the music, the silent characters, all of this really drags the viewer into the story, so that one will almost live it through.
Lighting, art style, and music all blended in some sort of alchemy, which yielded very pleasing results, well done.

However, I feel that I must point out that the animation of the characters felt a little choppy, and it could use some improvement. It is far from terrible however, as some pointed out - in fact it's pretty decent, albeit average.

Overall, movies like these are a rare find on Newgrounds, and deserve attention. I admire your amazing talent, as not many could create such scenery and story like you.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very good! My only problem was that the characters were a little hard to become emotionally attached to, as they lacked dialogue and facial expressions. Of course, that's basically the point of presenting the story the way you did, so I guess that's more a problem with the medium than with the way you used it. The fact that you were able to bring so much emotion and tension to the story despite this speaks well of your work.

Next time, you may try not revealing the monster, obscuring it from view to keep it more terrifying. Or at least keeping it hidden longer to make its first appearance more dramatic. Also, in the scene where it kills the fox, you could try speeding up its hand movement, to make it more shocking.

Please make more!

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

i'm sleeping tonight....