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Alex's Odd Life - The Weird Arcade (Pilot 2)

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Alex and Matt go to a strange arcade, only to find a surprising... surprise.

Animation by me and Matt.

Voices by me and Matt.

Title card by me.

Credits by me.

Backgrounds by Scratch. me and Matt.

Matt sprite by...well, Matt.

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the animation itself was not good, but you did the best you could, and I even liked the part where you put keygen music which is my favorite of all!!!

alexparr responds:

Yeah I made this like 3 years ago back when I had no idea what I was doing, i'm hoping to get back into animation soon with some actual animation software rather than Scratch

Wow! i Didn't know you were here! I'm DragonBot_Gaming On Scratch! I was NOT expecting you to be here!

EDIT: btw how did you upload this to newgrounds? I know u used scratch but how did you convert it into a video file?

2nd Edit: This reminds me of Mugman. No, not the cuphead character. i'm talking about the one on youtube.

3rd edit: (dont read if u dont care about this stuff) how did you cut the bandicam logo out?

alexparr responds:

Oh hey DragonBot!

I just recorded it with Bandicam, then cut off the Bandicam logo.

Yeah, it kinda does look like one of Jacob Leonard's animations, doesen't it?

I found this be pretty charming. Sure the animation may not be much but I can see you put effort into this and thats what counts. Good work!

alexparr responds:


I'll be honest - I feel like this could use a lot of work, BUT I must say I find it very endearing. It reminds me a lot of the kind of stuff I used to make way back in the day (albeit better than my old stuff), and I also feel like there is a TON of potential going on here.
I enjoyed the writing, for the most part. Some things felt like in-jokes that I didn't really get (like the lines at the beginning about importing from the colour universe), but other things I thought were very well done, like the twist ending about the arcade. I think this could use a few more one-liners here and there, plus some more subversions-of-expectation, like what you did with the twist.
The title card was a nice touch, but it has a long way to go as far as quality is concerned, in my opinion. It needs to be more interesting to look at, especially in terms of texture. If you want my recommendation, I'd say take a look at some of the title cards from the episodes of the old show Ed, Edd, and Eddy. They were absolutely brilliant, and I think it's the kind of thing you're trying to emulate here. Study them closely, but continue to imbue your own style, and I think you'll go far with it.
The art style is actually sort of nice, I like the not-so-smooth lines you're putting to use, but again, I think it needs some work. For one thing, the lip-syncing is lazy. I encourage you to look up some lip-syncing animation tutorials to try to get a feel for how you could take it from looking mediocre to looking really good (individual mouth shapes for each phoneme, things like that).
The character design is nice enough, I wouldn't change it too much personally, aside from making sure that you make the animations for them as smooth as possible.
I like the sprite work.
Last thing I take issue with here is the credits in your description. I'm assuming InkNimations is "Matt", although I could be wrong it may be "Scratch", regardless, the list "x by me, y by me, z by me" is superfluous and borderline annoying. It's been done a million times before, and at best it comes off as somewhat narcissistic. If you absolutely MUST list off all the things you did for the piece, do it in the form of "x, y, and z by me", otherwise, just use the Newgrounds credit system, like you did anyway.
Overall, I actually liked this. I think y'all did really well, and I encourage you to continue. Just make sure you put as much effort into it as possible to keep the quality as high as you can, and I think you can really go places with this. Good luck, much love, and I hope to see more from you in the future! :)

Rounded to 3 stars for judgement.

alexparr responds:

Wow, that's a deep review.

For the writing, it was all Matt. (who is InkNimations, and Scratch is just the animation program I used.)

I never watched Ed, Edd and Eddy, but i'll try to do so. There's no Lip Syncing because it would take a LOT of work in order to make it sync.

Sorry if the x by me, y by me, etc, etc is annoying. I'll fix it next episode!

Overall, the cartoon was pretty good! Actually, I think you did a better job than me, animation-wise! And I like the fact that Mr. Marbles made an appearance, too. There's even the DevWorks Game Technology building in the episode! This might be my new favorite episode of Alex's Odd Life.

alexparr responds:

...but you did some of those cameos, Matt.

Anyways, thanks! I might animate the next episode once the script and voice clips are done.

Credits & Info

3.10 / 5.00

Jun 5, 2018
8:21 PM EDT
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