The humour was humorous and original. It captured how I feel about many bus routes or schedules, so it was relatable too! The character voices were all clearly distinguishable and their characters too and the interactions were enjoyable. I haven't delighted in a transport themed presentation ever as much as I relished this. Metaphorical money wasting was brilliant!!!!
You had a clear storyline from the beginning, and you made your point effectively. Overall, the animation was commendable. However, the length of some characters' arms changed, and I noticed a couple of time that they moved in 'odd' directions. The voices and expressions were very good. Although the scenes lacked a little in variety, I really enjoyed the water cooler and other details in the boardroom scenes. The lengthy scene at the end successfully portrayed the distance from the city centre. I did wish the money had a little more detail, eg. Queen's head – not necessary, but because they were central for much of the ending scene, it would have been a nice touch. An easy to follow story, and I enjoyed the different characters and personalities which were well established in a short time. I would have liked to see some kind of reference/comparison to the price of a taxi. I felt for the plight of the countryman. Your animation showed that the powers above just don't get it!
All round entertaining animation! “No one's even using it!” was a great line which introduced a comedy element that really made the animation enjoyable! The animation itself was done well, as was the art. It made it run smoothly, especially at the end with music. Good choice BTW!!! Interesting storyline. I would say it was structured pretty well, as I understood what was going on quite clearly without any hassle, allowing me to enjoy the other elements of the animation! Not a bad effort. :)
I very much enjoyed this. The only gripes I have with it are that the forearms of certain characters were at times way too long, and that no tongues appeared in the characters' mouths. But apart from that... great! Oh, and Bertie, special mention to you, for you were the last contestant to use the OLD graphics tablet. And given you were using that tablet for a lot of this, I have to say... very well done. Smoke effects were lovely. As were the bending blades of grass in the opening scene. Lovely touches.
Story was very well done with the theme. The arms bothered me. The blonde hair guy's character/voice was hilarious. Sadly it was boring. The money thingy was clever to go along with the song. The characters were individuals each with their own stories. I would've liked to have seen more of the bus driver.
A detailed and emotive retelling of the elimination(s) of the Black Team. It gave insight into the minds of the characters, but lacked proper entertainment value and uber-creativity. While it was not unpleasant, it wasn't really my thing, so didn't score as highly as it might have. The disclaimer was a nice humorous touch.
This was a solid effort, and I enjoyed watching your retell of an event that I played a pivotal role in. There was quite a bit of repetition in regards to the scenes, eg. vote reveals, and I have to admit that this may have been hard to follow without previously being familiar with the Figurine competition. Your specific role in the story was not overly clear, and I would have been interested to know if there were any reasons that you would want the Light Blue Team to return other than them simply being the only other option. I loved the art detail, and you made all of the figurines very identifiable. My hair was a little weird, but I liked my top. Overall, an amusing retell of a deeply unfair re-entrance to the competition, but justice was done... by me.
The animation was generally done well, as was the art. I think a bit more work on both in places would have made it better. Having said that, there were definitely stages throughout where both were done quite well. I found the story to be lacking a little bit of originality, and the structure, although pretty good, never really got me into the animation. Elements of it were good, but not enough there to make it really amazing!
Good work, Sitty – there were some stand out bits of great animation in this. And other stand out... not-so-great bits. But then you were one of the kind-of-rushed ones. Being completed in the early hours of winter mornings... in 2012... oh sorry, getting nostalgic for no apparent reason! Anyhow, one great bit was the “walking back into the competition” of the Black Team. Awesome little bit of animation there. Bits where animation was noticeably lacking definitely included the reactions of the different teams at the eliminations. But hey. It wasn't a big issue. I also enjoyed the Light Blue Team's weird exit walk. It was endearing.
This wasn't a movie or a short. It was a documentary about the controversial act of the Black Team returning. Sadly it lacked any emotion from the main storyteller to draw me in or make me feel anything. The animation was better luckily, to show the very different contestants involved, but even then it wasn't enough to keep me entertained. A good try.
An environmental theme! This pleases me! A dramatic comment on the state of environmental affairs! We do need to move the forest out of the path of humanity! The well timed music to animation was brilliant and the glorious animation itself made it a perfect flowing sequence of awesomeness! It's a shame there's no “message” category, or it'd have full marks!
Another great piece from you, Ditty. A very original story, maybe not too surprising from you, but totally enjoyable and well-told without any dialogue! Most of all, I loved all of the little details in this; the eye close to the music at the end was a particularly well-timed and effective scene. I was intrigued when you were tying the rope, thinking “What's he gonna do?” The knot-tying rope scene was very detailed, and I was suitably impressed. The resistance movements were also realistic, and I identified with your struggle. The artwork in this was also very strong. I loved the different trash – water bottle, sauce, hamburger carton, etc. I did wonder about the rubbish that would have been amongst the trees, but I guess you could just clean that up. That must have been one hell of a rope/wad of earth, and your trees certainly have a remarkable root system!
Bloody good job! Art was great! Animation was amazing as well, with lots of attention to detail. The rope was a stand-out. The animation made sense and was done in a fairly original way with a good storyline behind it. I liked the music throughout. It gave it a real “heart-warming” feel towards the end. I was pleased to see a happy ending, although I would have liked to see something happen to the bloke making all the mess! All in all, great job! Going to be hard to beat.
Excellent work, Ditty. Once again you take an Essential Elements “play-along track” and make it into something wonderful to watch. You really understood what an animation should be – show things that are impossible to see in reality. And pulling that woodland away was a fantastic example of just that. Your rotoscoped knot-tying animation did not go unnoticed, either – well done on that. And I was very pleased with the rope resistance when you were pulling the woodland along. I heartily enjoyed the entire thing. Great stuff.
Words cannot begin to describe the beauty that unfolded before my eyes. The story was simple and easy to understand, yet it had a complexity underneath that made you feel for the Yowie. With not a single word said I could see emotion everywhere, and albeit illogical for a forest to be pulled away with a rope, Ditty pulled me in.
Quite a lot of funny one liners enhance a storyline reminiscent of Australia's cyclones with an obvious link to the theme. I really loved the banana comment. The art was super and deserves a 10 / 8!!! The whole reason for the plot was just a bit too unlinky for me. (Cyclone dude [Tornadus] being mean was weird)
By far the best artwork that I've seen – amazing detail! It was fun to identify many different Pokémon in their various environments. At first I wondered where the storyline was going, but then it all came together at Tropius' banana stand. I had to deduct a few marks for the animation, due to some instances of stationary Pokémon with less movement. The story was a little slow at the beginning, but still a very enjoyable ride. I must commend you for the fun easter eggs also!
I really enjoyed this animation. I thought it was done well, especially the art and animation! Had some funny moments that made it even more enjoyable, and I thought that the whole structure was done well in a way that made it quite original! Tying all the characters together but getting different reactions out of them was great. Obviously would get more enjoyment out of this if I had a better understanding of the Pokémon, but it's only a minor issue for me.
A great piece, Squish. How lovely that you didn't want the Pokémon contestants in the competition to feel left in Round 2. The artwork was beautiful. And I know you had guidance images from Bulbapedia, but you actually animated each Pokémon – maybe some a little less than others, but still! I was... erhem... don't want to do a Reece here, but er, I was... blown away! Ahaha. Ha. Errr. Anyway, of COURSE I loved this animation, it was set in the world of Pokémon! And it was nice that no Miltanks were harmed... at least not on screen. Unfortunately I have to criticise the structure a bit, since it really just showed all the Pokémon reacting to the disaster for the first 3 and a half minutes, and then suddenly the main event happened. Apart from that however, brilliant job.
Lucky every Pokémon is an individual character, because that is all that kept me going. Stupid story that made no sense and seemed to be a last minute addition to give reason for those wonderful Pokémon. If Tornadus was given more backstory as into why he likes funsies, then this could make it to Sundance. However, it just feels like a cold draft.
Maybe a bit predictable, but the anticipation was gladly fulfilled! While I take offence at Munch's attitude, it was not enough to detract from the humour. Good attention to detail with the mining site warning sign. Being short was good, the suddenness of everything gave impact. Maybe ghosts rising from the ruins next time...
Sorry Munch, but I wasn't surprised and delighted with this effort. It was so short at 51 seconds, and I wanted more. I couldn't get invested in your story / characters in such a short time. This had a very simplistic structure, with no sideline story / character development, which was a bit disappointing for me. In terms of the art, the boy with the black hair was so child/tween like – I don't know how you did that so well, but that aspect really worked. Wish you'd put more into this.
Not a bad animation. I thought the art was pretty good, and although there wasn't a lot of it, the animation was done well. The animation of Munch himself was the stand-out and made it a pretty good overall product. The story lacked a bit of originality, and although satisfying, it was pretty obvious where the story was going. Overall good job, but a bit predictable from Munch. Bit more originality next time and you could be onto a winner.
This was an okay entry from you, Munch, but unfortunately it was just too short. I have to congratulate you, however, on some excellent lip sync work. Your mouth would have been quite the complex thing to animate at times, so I praise you for that. I also liked the dreary scenery. It was a bleak setting. Worked well. There just wasn't enough there to make it truly memorable.
Wow! Wow! Wow! Kids were killed in this, and I don't know what to say. Is this showing the arrogance of man and his inevitable fall into perpetual doom, or kids being dickheads. It was short and sweet, and was the most blunt and hard hitting with the theme. Just like those kids, I fell for this animation.
I LOVED the blueprints for assembly that appeared in this animation. Exaggeration used brilliantly! Evil Leech's arrogant smarminess was endearing, and added amusement factor to the snide comments. Most importantly, the colour red was used a lot for the title page thing, and that always makes me happy.
Once again, you have thoroughly entertained me, Evil Leech. Great voice as always, and you managed to expand a lot on a simple point. “Whatever this is” - made me literally LOL. Not overly complicated (fittingly, haha) animation, however very entertaining with the simple stuff, eg. high velocity falling from tree, and your bounce because you're made of rubber. The various Kinders were identifiable through your artwork. I just wanted you to explore a theme a little closer to your own heart, as I felt there may have been other options worth considering in the realm of “the price you pay.”
I think the originality and overall entertainment are what take away from this animation. The art as well was definitely not bad, but not quite up to the standard of the other animations. Parts of this are animated well, for example getting thrown out of the tree. But the rest again isn't quite up to the same standard as the others. I guess I never really got into this. Only a few things needed to make it a bit more entertaining though, I think. It did also provide us with some good information about figurines, which is good, but just needed to be told in a bit more of an original way.
There were a lot of copied movie clips in this animation, and that's always a bit sad to see. But they did work well. The scene of you falling from the tree was particularly well done. I also enjoyed the arrows appearing on the overcomplicated plans. I'm not sure why, but I felt this piece was missing something. Maybe I wanted a story or something. It was still a great effort all the same. Sorry I can't be more specific.
Well now. As far as self-love goes, Evil Leech is the most self-loving... well, leech there is. He explains how as humanity goes on with its advancements we must not become too complex and complicated. We must remain simple and singular. His art style really drew me in and I could feel his pride of being a superior being. Unlike Evil Leech, this didn't suck.
We all know a person like that! I've never seen a better expression of shock on a character's face (I just had to up the art score for it)! Again, the shorter length kept it amusing, because it didn't drag out the entertaining aspects and make them old. The sequence flow was good and sense-making. I didn't have to think too hard about what was going on, which makes things easy for the viewer.
This was a brilliant original composition, and I enjoyed watching from start to finish. I loved the look of surprise on the egomaniac's face. However, I did kind of wish for a reaction from the classmates – eg. clapping/cheering. Artwise, the computer classroom was well put together, and I felt you created a familiar scenario for the viewers to engage with. I just wish you really existed to do this in the “real world,” Blob!
Look, this is bloody awesome! I really enjoyed this!! The ONLY thing that took away from this was the first couple of seconds where I wasn't sure what was going to happen until BAM! It happened! :) Good originality there. The humour was perfect, well executed, and you could really relate. Wish it was longer, but at the same time, the length adds to this in a pretty much perfectly formed bit of entertainment. I want to watch this again!
This was an excellent piece. I thoroughly enjoyed the obnoxious guy getting his comeuppance. The animation was very solid. The whole structure of it was simple, but well executed – I really enjoyed the “camera” changing during the guy's initial speech about his greatness. Great use of “snappy” animation here. You are a stand-out performer this round, Blob!
Butt stuff is funny stuff. And when it comes to Blob, he shits all over the competition. I have one problem though, and that is his nose. To me, his nose looked like his mouth, which distracted me from what was happening. The characters were good though, and it goes to show just how much some people need to get their heads out of their arses. A solid effort.
In possibly the most suspenseful movie I’ve seen in all my years I have only one question; WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GIRLS?! Are they forever trapped in another land or did they all die… what really went down? The animation was great, apart from a couple of owl-like head turns that had me convinced there was going to be demon possession instead of the ghost-bones thing that really happened. I enjoyed watching it once or twice (and maybe again later…) Great animation overall! I don’t know if it’s just my anxiety talking but first time I watched it I started panicking and had to practise breathing skills. I hope that was the aim. Seriously though, do the girls escape? What happened???????
Wow, Goobo! You took a loooooooooooooong time to complete this, but it was worth the wait! Such a foreboding atmosphere was created throughout. I even felt a little sorry for those three bullies! On that note, the anti-bullying message is very strong... maybe a little too strong! You're a tad harsh! Still, I support the message. What goes around comes around, right? Karma's a bitch, etc. etc. The artwork was outstanding, and I loved all the little details of the house, eg. light through dirty windows. The animation supported the artwork strongly, and at times I couldn't separate the two categories (which is the sign of a good animation, I believe) – eg. tentative steps on floorboards. I felt that if I were in their shoes, I would have perhaps called out a fearful “hello?” when peering round the door, but the lack of dialogue and the prominence of the eerie music made for a gripping watch!
Scary! Very well done. I really enjoyed the structure following each individual character to their demise. The music element added a whole new dynamic which enhanced the viewing experience! It was a longer animation but it keeps you engaged throughout. It was also a satisfying storyline and I enjoyed the 3 girls getting what was coming to them. Animation and art were a strand out for me though! A lot of effort and focus on these elements really paid off. I liked the puddle effect. But even background animation was done well, like the curtains, and when combined with sound effects, it really set the mood. Overall a lot of effort was put in for a great result that was really enjoyable to watch!!! Good stuff.
What's Catriona smoking? Those head turns were perfectly normal! What, can't you look over your shoulder?! No, the bits of animation that got to me (and let's face it, I'm the final authority on the animation category in this competition) were those that clearly needed more to them. For example, the girl landing on the tree. The girls initially falling through space. In a piece rich with other animation, these moments unfortunately stand out. But that is the only criticism I can make there. The whole thing did get rather abstract, but it was still enjoyable. Leaving it all up to the viewer to make their own conclusion... Nice.
Fear of the unknown keeps human spirit yearning, and after seeing Goobo's House, I need a sequel! Wow, that was just the most perfect revenge/angel of death story. Is Goobo good? Should she have done that? So many moral implications to debate about. It just flowed smoothly from start to finish, and I'm left to wonder... should I be sleeping with one eye open?