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The Old Man Who Made Flowers Bloom(花咲じいさん)

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This is an animation that I've done for the first year of my Foundation Degree in Art and Design.
This animation uses a variety of techniques: digital painting, collage and print.

The Old Man Who Made Flowers Bloom is a fairytale from Japan.

Programs used:
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Premier
Adobe Flash

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Notbad at all

You have a very good style here I think you did fantastic with this story and kept the viewer very interested well you did with me and made a good animation here it flowed with some fluid style and that's what I liked so notbad on the animation and great job on the story you got good skills here not sure what else I could write that has not already been said but this was pretty good stuff and hope to see more of your work soon

Ad more to the story maybe even make a series from it


A beautiful story! I was expecting to the old man to sprinkle the ashes on the neighbors tree as well at the end there, the neighbor to realize his wrongdoings, do something right, and then... happy ending, but this justice worked just as well. :) The character movement feels a bit stiff, but overall animation was good, nice effects with thoseflowers in particular.


An interesting story, even if I didn't quite get the point of it all. There's obviously a message of karma; that kindness and generosity is rewarded and that greed and envy is punished. But what's with the magic dog and the king suddently riding by? There may be cultural (Japanese) references that I don't pick up on - being European myself - but otherwise it seems like a very random story: The kind a child would tell. The female storyteller's interesting voice with its accent reinforces this image. Animation-wise it is all very static and not very well drawn, I'm afraid. More effort could have been put into it.

saramelo responds:

The man who made the flowers bloom is a Japanese fairytale, I kept it as close to the original as possible. You cloud almost compare this story to the "The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs" where actions motivated by greed take you nowhere.
My initial intention was to make it all static in the beginning due to the short amount of time I had to put it together. But I take what you said in to account and I will try to add more camera movement in future animations.
Thank you for the comment.

I like it. sometimes this kind of mixture of techniques doesn't work, but I like the result here.

Lovely and light hearted story, which there is not much available.

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4.19 / 5.00

May 20, 2015
8:19 AM EDT