I have to say, I was rather surprised with how quickly this drew me in. For being a relatively short animation you sure were able to create some impressive emotional depth. A sort of quiet depth, if you will. The animation style was simple, but also quite unique with your use of solid colors and outlines. I'm not sure what they indicate, but I found it something to muse over in the back of my mind as I watched. The story was nice and simple for such a short film, but has just enough breadth to it to invite multiple viewings.
On the other side of things, I must praise the decision to use minimal sound effects and the complete absence dialogue. With such a quiet and subtle tune, such things might have distracted, but instead you've managed to make the animation speak to the music without overshadowing it. An excellent fusion of the visual and aural. Despite the somewhat somber palette and tone, I find this oddly heartwarming and adorable piece something to come back to.
An Enjoyable Retrospective.
Although I had hoped going into the movie to see it all done in your style, I was pleasantly surprised by the customized Miyamoto sprites traveling through the various Nintendo worlds. The switch from sprites back to your own style for the introductions and endings of each world certainly helped the quality though. Only the ending seemed to slow up a bit for me, and not quite keeping the same level of quality as the rest of the piece. Still, an enjoyable romp. Honestly though, the most surprising thing for me in this piece was just how well the audio and the Nintendo visuals meshed.
You sir, have crafted an excellent example of stylized animation. The uniqueness of the character design and the way you make them move so fluidly in each of these forms is truly impressive. The monochromatic thing you had going didn't hurt either. I hope you consider producing more work suffused in this visual style.
Of course it would be remiss if I were to not note the music in this piece. The animation and music were synchronized quite well, nearly to the point of being perfect. Forgive me for saying, but in this regard, the introduction to the animation, before meeting the vagabond, seems stronger than afterward in this. Still, overall you have a very successful piece here.
I've been looking forward to this.
I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I'm happy to say that my expectations were well and truly exceeded. First off, I must say that your improved animation is absolutely phenomenal, very smooth and dynamic. The way in which you manage to synchronize the music and the action in these animations is once again incredible. Not to mention the fact that you've managed to create truly endearing, and universal characters without a single scrap of dialogue. As such, my hat's off to you sir. As much as I want to see more of your wonderful project, I'm very much willing to wait another few years if it gets me something this good again. I've been watching it again and again, and I'm pretty sure I won't tire of it any time soon. Again, congratulations amalloc of SamBakZa. You deserve all the commendations I can give and more.
Makes me wish I'd stuck with the viloin...
Sometimes we forget just how much emotion can be communicated with a piece of music. I find the songs of today vapid and self-serving, and it takes a very rare piece to make me feel anything at all. This animation may not be the best technically, but I believe you have accomplished something far greater in your message. You have named the unnameable and communicated the unknowable. You have tapped that oh so neglected empathy of my heart. Bravo.
Short, but still sweet
Fans can be so fickle, can they not? I may dislike your decision to have a book explain what I might have seen in one of your flashes instead, that's mostly born out of my general dislike of paying for something I can legally get for free. With web culture's emphasis on free information, regardless of legality, I'm sure this is what many "fans" are really irked by. I enjoy the series, and I'm interested enough that I might actually buy the book.
Some comments on the flash itself. Graphics were good as always, although at sometimes it seemed less fluid than usual. Music was nice, but I really couldn't hear Zoie at all. All in all still good, just with a few minor issues.
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