Deeper than most Mario flashes
In fact, there's more to this Flash, storywise, than a lot of Newgrounds entries. Extra sprite editing (and pixel art, too!) makes a nice bonus, too.
What I find really interesting is that there's actually a lot of Flash skill being shown here, but it's so understaded, and in the service of the story.
First, congrats on reaching review #3,000.
The movie is slow-paced, but in a relaxed way. The jokes are funny; you really get the sense of how the 'real Link' is a hopeless and unlucky guy.
The art is great, and the animation is complex and well-timed. I can only hope to match it in quality some day.
Bring back Head Of Square-Enix
Okay, first off, any movie that stuffs two mini-games in its preloader is no ordinary Flash.
Some people are commenting that the jokes seemed forced compared to the first one. Personally, I don't care - I thought the jokes seemed forced in the *first* Flash, but it didn't stop me from appreciating it as a parody with a light touch. Same goes here, and the more complex story, with villains and side skits, makes it worth watching.
P.s. The Head of Square-Enix rocks my world. He *will* be back in a future Flash - *won't* he?
yup! we're continuing with the Evil developers in future episodes.
Well, I'm an idiot..
..I've always been a little annoyed by people who ask me for my own sequels without checking the 'Other submissions' box, and here I go and review 'Stripped' asking when 'I Own Time' is coming out. (In my defense, the trailer made it seem like the movie was coming out after Stripped was..)
Anyway, I promised it a 5 and that's what I gave you :). Ever since 'Arfenhouse' I've been on the lookout for these kinds of movies. From the trailer I expected something a little deeper and more mysterious, but it was still good.
..when is 'I Own Time' going to come out? Because I have a 5 ready to give to it. :)
Let's see, some subwoofers, spoiler in the back...
This is great - the last thing I expected to see tonight was a remake and homage of one of my favourite Flashes. Nice art, with deep, rich colour and detail, a few extra playing options..
My only complaint is that you've changed the shot direction. And unfortunately, it weakens the movie, compared to the original - one of CZ's strengths was in his sense of timing, and matching what we saw to the music.
(Consider any 0's I give in the review to be N/A scores.)
Felt good to hear that, actually.
You know what's interesting? There's two sides to all the reviews here - either it's "Angry guy speaks the truth, down with spam!" or "Wow, this guy is seriously overreacting." And it's also interesting that so many of the former act like their views are speaking for everybody at large, even considering all the latter opinions scattered around.
I did a two-month stint as a telemarketer this summer. (I needed the employment at the time, and I'm glad I left.) Actual angry people are pretty rare - most people just hang up without response - but I got enough of them that they've been nagging my psyche ever since I left.
This movie helped clear my mind, actually. Knowing that someone out there took a really, really angry guy and met him head-on like this (My job forced me to remain polite to the jackasses when they called) makes me feel much better. Thanks for making this.
that's more of the view I did it from (I used to be a custr service rep. And My people DID get angry alot), but after making this I can definately see everyone elses point of view. I was expecting them to see it the same as me, but Everyone is different and I can understand that. And yes I HATE spam too, but not as much as that guy.
Oh, I get your point - I just don't buy it.
So, people are saying that a fully drawn movie will always be cooler than one made out of sticks. If everything else is equal, saying such a truism doesn't even merit a shrug - but is everything so equal, in this supposed proof of the point?
Ben Spurgin and the creator of XiaoXiao (I don't have his name, sorry) had a certain allotment of time to make a movie. XiaoXiao time gave us an extended fight scene, that's also a tribute to the art of human acrobatics and martial arts; that uses stick figures as mannequins, to give the viewers no distraction from appreciating the action itself.
Ben took his time and decided to do a chunky rotoscope of the above, and then threw the first author out the window.
Is your movie really better than his, since the hero is a sketchy figurine instead of a stick? If so, it's only because you stood on his shoulders and let him do three-quarters of the work - and I can't help but notice that you ditched the fighting just before it got *really* hairy, and I can't help but notice that a "fully" drawn figure makes the movement look less dynamic. This is all you need to start proclaiming that you're great, and he sucks?
Once, it seemed that Ben Spurgin fought against stick movies with style and grace, scolding the people that crowded Newgrounds with stick figure movies that were badly wrought and had little effort. But now, it turns out he's just a stylistic bigot. It's not the problems that stick figures carry with them - but the stick figures themselves he hates. All that is good about XiaoXiao means nothing to him; he is narrow-minded when it comes to Flash movies - focusing only on the design of the characters, and ignoring the carefully wrought animation, timing, and choreography.
This is the attitude that makes someone look at a beautifully and painstakingly animated 2D video game, and suggest it would be better in 3D instead. This is the attitude that says that a black man will always be better at rap than a white man.
The term for it is "philstine". You are a philstine, Ben.
Um actually it's "Philistine"
Fun; has a technical problem
I like it - the song is pretty strong on its own, and you put enough of your own material in the visuals to deserve credit.
One thing I noticed that was odd, and might be a problem with Swish: while the timing was good when I played it in IE, once I had saved the Flash file and played it in a standalone player, the video quickly fell behind sync with the song.
I don't know if Swish has sound options that can help you sync up the sound better, but it's worth a look.
Why does this remind me of a rip-off of the Portal Potato, but annoying instead of funny?
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