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Pokemon: Return to Gold

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It has been a long time since I last uploaded here. I have fond memories of submitting flashes late at night with friends, advertising each others' work on the front page to get those oh-so-coveted pixel awards. Doing our best to push the limits of whatever we knew about flash to improve our skill set. Definitely a great part of my college life.

To be honest, I got disenfranchised about the state of video game flash parodies around 2015 or so. You can read more about that here: https://sta.sh/0bup4wnndmy

It was around the time when it felt like (almost) every animator was jumping on the most recent and relevant video games and making generic 2 minute "Minute-man" animations of them. You could scarcely tell if they had even played the titles or had any appreciation for the source material. It felt more like they were using the existence of the source material to make a quick adsense buck rather than actually paying homage to games we loved and cared about.

Of course I have no problem with parodies, having made many myself. It just gets boring with the same mono-palleted takes so many people can have on a video game.

I'd like to encourage video game-based flash animations to take a different approach or a different angle when it comes to projects. Something that aspires to grow up from where our favorite adventures of our childhood left off. Something that answers the question of why we keep coming back to these games in the first place, or even the over all ethics of nostalgia. I don't know these answers, but working on projects like these help me feel like I am coming closer to one.

I am basically paraphrasing from my linked essay above, but if you want to hear more, feel free to check it out. Also if you know any video game animators you feel that care about source material, character development, and storytelling, feel free to send them my way. I'd love to check them out.

Now with my old man ramble out of the way, I'd like to sincerely thank all the voice actors and animators that made this flash possible.

Daniel: P.M Seymour https://twitter.com/PatMSeymourVA
Ruth: Anna Kinglsey https://twitter.com/anjidu?lang=en
Daniel's Friend: Elliot Gindi https://twitter.com/elliotgindivo
Celia: Lucy Randazzo

Additional sprites by: Nathan (TheCynical Poet) https://www.deviantart.com/thecynical...

Additional Animation (entire final battle sequence): Gabe Indigo (Gidb7) https://www.deviantart.com/gidb7

Esty's YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/eastbeastfilms?feature=mhee Check out my animated series Goombario's Quest which I pick up every now and then.

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much nostalgia, my eyes are watery. on a side not since english is not my native language i cant quite get what the old man said in the end that he missed what ?

EASTBEAST responds:

It's "I missed the feeling of water."

Thanks for your review ^

That was beautiful, everything about it.

I was tremendously moved by your project. Your commitment to the source material was impeccable. I agree tremendously with your assertion about game parodies, and as a creator, make similar explorations into character studies with my favorites on my own channel. Seeing such a beautifully crafted scenario and overall perfectly executed script was an absolute delight for me.

Though the video may be too long for some people, for me it was a beautiful project that brought tears to my eyes in the first few minutes, and tugged on my heart once more by its conclusion. A masterpiece worth 6/5 stars.

Thank you for making something so beautiful.

EASTBEAST responds:

Thank you, I really appreciate your comment. It's always an offbeat risk sharing this kind of stuff, but it's the kind of content I always wanted to see more of so why not. Honestly reaching people that seem to feel the way I do makes it worth it, so that's what motivates me.

It's a shame it might be too long for a general audience. I guess they're used to parodies being short and disposable, but if they stayed they might get something out of it.

Funny, I've actually watched your Isabella meets Snake interaction before this. It made me laugh and was poignant at the same time. I like how you describe these as "Character studies." It's just unfortunate that there is so much to be done with these rich characters/ universes, and all you see is the same grounded up soylent of previously made flash works.

Again, glad it resonated, and I hope to check out more of your works :) I think if I had another animation I'd recommend that would be in the most similar vein to this one, it would be Keaton's Tale.

Good memories

This is great on so many levels : voice acting, animations, and - of course - storytelling. Congrats to everyone involved !

The integration of the new sprites and animations in the original graphics is so smooth, it's impressive.