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Dad's at Work Dad's at Work

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Best submission in ages

So help me God,
Let me explain why this is brilliant. First, the animation is under emphasized to allow people to enjoy the story without showing off the real artwork-- the scripting.
The area truly polished is in the timing-- both in the opening menu, film, and even credits.
As to said menu, it's well laid out, easily accessible, and completely unobtrusive.
Incredible--looking forward to next installment.
10/10



Blackhead Blackhead

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Good social Satire.

This is hails back to the origin of Looney Tunes, which, despite the modern image, was a series of sexist, racist tales as reflected in cartoons like "Little Sambo," "Popeye," and even "Betty Boop." In the days before "adult cinema," because of social convictions against what was then recognized as pornography (referred to as "stag films"), cartoons were used to blur the edges of decency because they, "weren't real" (Don Markstein, pg 124).
While the point of this cartoon may have been to parodize Blockhead, it still is a good representative to classical elemental styles of "classic" cartoons such as "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" and "Popeye and the Island of the Pinheads." A modern equivalent would by hentia based on popular anime-- most often drawn/animated by members of the original animation team. Unlicensed reproductions to fulfill the demands of a minority.
This cartoon (in and of itself) calls to the question the idea of offensive material itself. What was acceptable 70 years ago is now the subject of litigation and protest.
As an educator, this is not something I would show my students. However, I feel it does bear a ethical value in the face of reverse racist comedy by actors/comedians such as Eddie Griffin, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle. Now in the "fourth age" of the equal rights movement, this current generation lacks direction or a positive idea of equality. This cartoon integrates a smattering of the stereotype of archiac cartoons while applying semantics/visual rhetoric to the grand scheme. You inadvertantly create a strong message when "blackhead's" head is stuck in a vase: the ostrich effect.
The message you unwittingly promote is that he is "sticking his head in the sand" rather than acknowledging the fact that he is a racial archetype. Likewise, Likewise, you are saying that reverse racist comedy, for example Dave Chappelle, are doing more harm by promoting skits involving racism when the majority of their audience is impressionable young people. To exemplify how this works with Dave Chappelle, simply look at the Rick James skit. Rather than nuse the cultural phenomina behind the artist, Chappelle promoted the drugged out, sexist image-- thereby creating several thousand plus little white boys screaming, "I'm Rick James B1tch!" The ultimate outcome?
Rick james dies in obsucrity, and millions of kids all the more the ignorant for it.
The concurrent generation does not remember the classic white face antics of Eddie Murphy in the 1970's SNL. Three quarters of the jokes used by idiots like Chappelle or Borat are based on jokes by people like Murphy and Yakov Smirnov who wrote the material during times when it was necessary (i.e. Race riots and the Cold War).
This, in essence, mocks modern reverse racism and for that I appluade you. The style is very reminisicent of classic styles while incorporating language and visuals the current generation can associate with the series parodized. I would like to see this series continued-- not just parodizing Blockhead, but other popular webtunes such as Strongbad, Homestar runner, Neurotically yours, and others. You have a good vehicle for promoting comedy at the expense of other popular cartoons-- it's up to you to take this ball and run with it.


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Animator vs. Animation Animator vs. Animation

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Sorry to hear abut ebaum pirating this

Alan,
is there any way some of us could make donations to your legal fees in suing Ebaum for stealing your cartoon? You'd make presidence in ensuring many of us recieve due copyright protection against sites like EBaums world. If you win your case, it would eliminate the blatant theft of material by mock sites and give any of us the chance to recieve reparations for such thefts.


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cart22n about my m8s cart22n about my m8s

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Jerry jackson are teh king of teh portal

herbs are much good for the thyme.


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Lord of the Flies Trailer Lord of the Flies Trailer

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

A good attempt

I teach Golding's novel in my frshman comp classes as a means of discussing style, tone, and metaphor. In all this piece is an excellent start to a possible worthy adaption, however, I find a few points to be lacking.
Stylistically, I find it somewhat disconcerting to see a more abstract figure form (sans anime) to the British academy boys. Granted, this is perhaps how you best know how to draw people, but it does not suit well to the nature of this project.
On a larger picture, the current theme is rather immature-- not in the more typical sense, but from an attempt to recreate a serious novel using under developed talents and understanding.
The island is pure coincidence, in re to Golding's imagination for how to figuratively isolate these children.
The reason why Golding chose military academy students was for the idea of discipline in an under developed mind. In today's standards, the piece would be subject to criticism for latent homosexual images. However, taking into consideration the time frame, their education, and nationality of the boys-- Golding was trying to give his audience a picture of a model child. These boys neither understand nor comprehend the majority of the adult world (i.e. sex) and so associate society with it's systems-- not the theories. As such, when they try to build a form of government without an understanding of the necessary diplomacy and nature of politics, it will surely fail.
As such the greater idea here is not boys trying to over come fear-- but two different kinds of minds: the primal instinct of man and the false "culture" he has created. In truth, the book is about what happens when you take away all the materialism and idealism of modern society: man is and always be a brutal animal. Thusly, the real lord of the flies is not some beat or flaw in the human psyche, but man's inherent nature. Or-- human nature is the beast within us all.
Please take the time to read Reynolds article "Golding and the human condition: man as the devil in Lord of the flies." You should be able to find it using your school library's computer, look in ebscohost or mla international.
Take your time on this project-- use it to define your individual style as a story teller and artist.


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Bankomat Bankomat

Rated 5 / 5 stars

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Summoning SANTA Summoning SANTA

Rated 1 / 5 stars

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More tweens with alternating subframes. This Elf's voice lacks tone, inflection, and quite frankly, reminded me of a bee buzzing in my ear.
Mathers,
I've noticed a severe increase in bland, quasi-sophisticated dialogue in your perpetual diatribes about even the most meaningless, and hypocritical, of topics.
Given with your latest plot device (said elf) it appears you're running out of voices to do.
Especially so since this piece carried over similar lines from your previous "anti-holiday holiday specials."
What this ultimately outlines is your decline-- without seriosly fresh material, some real action to the animation, and a clear cut clue...it's not going to be able to carry itself for much longer.
The whole bit has gotten old already--
Your language and the way the argument is just dropped into the audience's lap...you just throw the dialogue out there like a dead fish on the pier.
You look to connect people's general conceptions of various social ills without speaking directly to them. You talk at your audience without talking to them.
Eventually even the 15yr olds, mall goths, and soccer moms who enjoy this trash will look at your infantile rhetoric and say, "christ this is boring."


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HP: Sorcerers Bone HP: Sorcerers Bone

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Nicely Done!

It is nice to see you submitting original material again. While your sound-over work is always humorous-- the thanksgiving/halloween "special" was a nice test for a new branch of original toons.
This is definitely a step in the right direction for your art, and perhaps style, although the audio was a touch off. Dialogue had a slight hiss at the beginning, however, it smoothed off towards the end.
As to the dialogue itself, the first half (leading into the underwear comment) was a tad over the top. In the long run, it evened out and the joke was well delivered.
Nicely done.



Justice League: Countdown Justice League: Countdown

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great Identity Crisis parody

An excellent summary/parody of Identity Crisis--
Graphics were excellent, although the sound was a bit garbled for Jordan and Zatana.
As a decree of DC fans everywhere-- Please do the Omac Project!



Six Chamber Discount Six Chamber Discount

Rated 5 / 5 stars

R. Crumb would be proud

Knowing that the originality and satire of Zap and otherwise underground psycadelic comics he submitted to during the late 60's, early 70's, still operate in modern society. This is simply awesome purely from a dialogue stand point. Quick, Succint, and natural-- the scenes sell themselves with the way your characters fit the environment.
As with the Deadliest Game, the humor in this speaks directly to the counter culture element, an intellectual elite who can see beyond the sucker punch of the freeze ray and doom gate. Truly quality material.