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The Balloon

rated 3.24 / 5 stars
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May 23, 2014 | 2:56 AM EDT

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Made this for a school project, just a short animation about a boy losing his Balloon in a gloomy world.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

I enjoyed watching this.So sad ending, oh well he can always get another balloon :)

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Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

The animation is stiff and the plot is not that moving but for what it is, the movies is pretty decent.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

I'm not sure what score to give, so I will review first, then vote.

The first thing I noticed is that the boy, the ground, the tree, the balloon and the sky are drawn artistically. You certainly used a brush tool, but it turned out natural, stylistically fitting to the mood of the movie that you chose.
This mood is reinforced by a good choice of music.

What looks off is the animation. The walk cycle does not look like one. Should not have used tweens to rotate the boy or to move the balloon. Should have redrawn more animation frames, it should be exceptionally simple given your monochrome color selection (everything is black). So if something is the problem, then it's that you don't like to animate.

The camera and timing are .. perfect. You're a great director. But not animator, oh no.

The message is really not obvious. But there's got to be some message, otherwise you would not make this movie. I think it is that people need to learn to give away things that they love, in times when everything fails when they try to save their treasure, be it a friend, an item or a loved one. You are undoubtedly hinting at the idea that there is something magical about losing something valuable, about the departure, when it is irreversible. Is it happiness, or loneliness, or sadness, or is it peace in the soul?
And you captured this... strange, magical property of the human soul in your message.

I have not made a mistake by following you.
Perfect. But work on the animation

Maxiecole responds:

Didn't expect any review like this... Thanks! I agree with your points on my animation, I'm pretty bad at it.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This animation is simple yet meaningful,in both its quality and the painful message of failure in achieving one's goals,and the music really suits the melancholic setting of the story which makes one reflect on life for a while.Just keep on practicing and keep up the good work!

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Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Meh, it's OK. Interesting art design and concept, nice background music. Nothing really thrilling, but just about enough there to make it worth a look.

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