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Morphemon Duelists Ep.2 Morphemon Duelists Ep.2

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Great fun and good parody of sat morn animes but..

it feels like youve taken a 5 minute idea and stretched it out IN ORDER for it to better parody those 30 minute animes. while half was thoroughly entertaining, i was bored shitless for the other half. the flashback scenes usually lacked a punchline, and two were jarring transitions from the fun cock joke filled atmosphere... seriously, i have no idea what posessed you to showhorn a 3 minute long story about how a kid is abused by his alchoholic father into a funny as hell parody show like this. It just feels like you have no idea what you want to do with this idea; is it an homage to digimon? is it a parody? is it a cock and sex joke filled romp? is it a super serious cartoon that reflects your own values, thoughts, experiences, feelings and emotions? sure it can be multiple or all of these things, but the show had no pacing and no transition. its a very clever interpretation of saturday morning anime, and the animation was unique and pretty humorous, but youve gone beyond what i thought was meant to be a parody and now i have no idea what i'm watching. it is ambivolant, undecided, a muddle of childish and clever, and this is besides the fact that the story went absolutely nowhere. also, by constantly referring to the morphemon as toys you're dehumanizing the funniest characters.

dont get me wrong, i loved this, but it wasnt as good as i was expecting when i saw 'morphemon 2' on the frontpage. its funny and clever, but i still finished it confused and wanting.

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Rehab For Fictional Char. Rehab For Fictional Char.

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Pretty awesome..but the singing seems meaningless.

This was great, good animation, some funny jokes and superb voice acting. However, I don't quite see why they were all singing. The only gripe I can think of is that the singing seems to be done forcefully without any emotion; it doesn't really add to the cartoon on any level. It would have been just as funny if the characters were just talking normally really. It might have worked if the characters were singing all of the time, to something more complicated than a two chord loop, but they just... seemed to switch it on and off schizophrenically.

But regardless, I loved it, and you've interested me enough to look through your other submissions :)

Robot Pirates (Official) Robot Pirates (Official)

Rated 3 / 5 stars

it's a good SONG, but this is a flash portal.

This is really hard to do for me because i hate people who bitch about unwarranted success, but to be perfectly honest, the torrential downpour of 5s that this movie is getting is because of the song, which has been available for months on another site and wasnt actually made by the animator.

This movie is a prime example of how adding mediocre animation to a catchy song is apparently an instant win.

Im not saying your animation is bad... well, actually, that's exactly what im saying. its comprised of a few pixel drawings that are barely animated set to music. You don't even have backgrounds for the most part.

Just so you know i do feel like a tool for writing this because the song is good, but as a newgrounds user im not supposed to be reviewing the song im supposed to be reviewing the flash, and it seems a little suspect to me, as it should to you and to all users who read this, that a few pixel .gifs of danging squares set to music is rated higher than videos done by professional animators with completely original content. I know it's just flavour of the month stuff but... i dunno.

tl;dr: i love you andrew, 10 for music. guy animating: your work is lacking, put more effort into making it... you know... animated; backgrounds, lip synching, animation NOT involving the transform tool maybe?

<3 you man.

lawlolawlstudios responds:

First of all, the song was not made by the animator, but WAS made by the author of this submission. Andrew sent me an e-mail asking me to make an animation of this song. This is HIS animation as much as it is MINE. Don't give in to thinking that I just took the song from STWPT, and made an animation about it. On the contrary, this was a COLLABORATIVE project. This means that two people, a musician and an animator, WORKED TOGETHER to create something cool. Judging the Flash based on the animation is a disservice to the creator of the audio.

This following statement of yours is true and aparent: this is a Flash portal. Well-made Flash cartoons involve both audio and graphics. Your numerical review focuses entirely on the animation of the Flash, and therefore, your words are entirely contradictory. You are not reviewing the Flash. You are not reviewing the audio. You are reviewing the animation. There is more than one component involved.

The way that you look at the animation is also extremely, extremely irrational. A few pixel gifs and dancing squares? Really? The truth is that this particular style of animation, regardless of how "primitive" it is, fits the song perfectly. It is my personal opinion, backed up by the countless opinions of others, that the animation simply works with the audio. It goes together, it conveys humor, it just works.

That said, WHO is to say that another animator on Newgrounds could take this song and make something 'better' than this animation with it. Obviously, 'better' is very ambiguous, as 'quality' does not refer to animation only, but to the entire Flash holistically. If this is unclear to you, I mean to say that even a VERY VERY TALENTED ANIMATOR might not be able to bring such success to this song. Sure, the animation would be fantastic, but the appeal would be different. The demographic is variable.

And seriously, how dare you say that I didn't lip sync or animate without the "transform" tool. I put a lot of work into this animation. The success should be attributed to the way that the images fit the song, NOT the audio only, NOT the animation only.

<3 you too.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

HAH! Oh wow.

You, sir, have created a classic.


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