Billy's Behemoth Blast (2017)

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1917 Nova Scotia gets blasted by accident while baby Billy is in his crib during the infamous Halifax Explosion.

Based on the true story of my Grandad, William S. Owen, who was a six month old baby in Dartmouth during the Halifax Explosion on Dec, 6 1917

Commissioned by CBC and the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion-

Made mostly in Flash 8 and the rest in Adobe Animate- Newgrounds got me into animation and am forever grateful to blessed website

This took me about seven months to animate and I loved every second on it.


Largest "man made" explosion until the atomic bombs were dropped at the end of WW2.

I enjoyed it. I usually enjoy cleaner looking animation but your animation really brought to life the chaos of the event. I really enjoyed it. The simplicity of the sound effects without accompanying music also really made this an amazing film. Music would have cheapened the sound effects.

This is truly a very well done film.

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Cookerzilla responds:

Yo! Yupp very interesting to see the effects of this explosion i could portray within the "real time" of the explosion- Thank you so much for your kind words :)))))))))))))))

Great art and backstory! Epileptics beware.

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Really interesting art style and structure to the whole piece. The sound work was strong and managed to ground the super manic animation. There's also a really cool sense of scale with those birds eye views. I also like the concept alot! Never heard of that event until now.

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Cookerzilla responds:

Thanks! Realism can be manic sometimes :))))))))

This is fantastic. I'm a sucker for scratchy animation and the style kinda reminds me of Ed Roth which is a huge plus because it all works in perfect harmony. Like soap and orange concentrate. Keep it up!

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Cookerzilla responds:

Gonna check out Ed Roth now glad you enjoyed and I got a kick out of your short too

that's bizarre, i like it :)

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Cookerzilla responds:

Thanks it all actually happened!!!

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3.97 / 5.00

Jun 5, 2018
2:29 PM EDT