I'd held off on reviewing any animations here on Newgrounds for the better part of a year, now, because I'd found that 90% of all the submissions that gain any notoriety here are Video Game parodies that lack any and all characteristics of being even remotely funny (Egoraptor, here's looking at you). I found myself hesitant to even open the link to this flash, given the history of such uninteresting, and frankly, space-wasting parodies that clogs the once-respectable tubes of the internet, especially in this, our sacred neck of the woods.
But reading through the myriad of reviews that could best be characterized through use of the word "butthurt," I decided that, perhaps, this animation would buck the trend of pedestrian parody, and transcend to a higher level of social commentary that would finally inspire me to write another Flash Review, as no other animation has inspired me to do for, as previously mentioned, at least the better part of a year.
I might say that I was partially correct on this count: Not only was this satire the most brilliant and subversive critique of the ever-declining userbase here on Newgrounds, but I could easily describe it as one of the most courageous and well-constructed flash efforts that it has ever been my pleasure to witness.
Rarely has such a talented crew assembled to point out the flaws of an internet society that encourages stupidity, and proliferates funniness via endless series of video game parodies, and other filler material that few educated could honestly describe in a positive light.
Crude, vulgar, and shocking, perhaps, but it was a duly needed shock from the culture of complacency to a call to action. This collaboration could be described as a cautionary tale, a warning for us to avoid that sorry state that looms large and dark, just over the horizon; the one we march inexorably toward with each passing day; the one we all desperately seek to avoid, but are too afraid to upset the delicate balance in order to avoid.
It is now obvious that not all are afraid to speak out, and I applaud each and every one of the contributors and contributions to this masterpiece; perhaps the seminal artwork of a generation. Long had I forgotten the independent spirit of this site and its constituents, but with this incomparably clever attack on the establishment, my confidence in our ability is returned.
Fully, and truly deserving of the first-place status for the month of July, and perhaps for the whole year, I can rest easy, knowing that hope may be buried just beneath the weathered surface of this once-bastion of independent creativity.
It's truly impossible to convey the scope of just how great a flash this is.
Just goes to show you that, even though seven years stand between it and the modern world, a classic animation never dies.
Cliché drivel, at best.
While the animation was admittedly superb, and the visuals were quite intriguing, I found the storyline of this flash to be its weakest aspect.
Essentially, you're taking all the GOOD GUY OUTSIDER abuse-redemption-fame storylines ( that we can all admit to having seen at least 15 times, on Newgrounds alone ), And compiled them into a single messy plot, held together by the fantastic graphical work.
I might have given "Composer" a higher score, had it not been for the insane overuse of crying as a plot deivce to express sadness. Aren't there other ways, ( less obvious, perhaps? ) to express human emotion, without resorting to the ol' fallback of crying at every instance of the world's injustice.
I mean, come on. I think we can all agree that this flash temporarily resides at spot #1, solely due to the visuals.
The quality of the interviews was roughly what I would expect from hobbyists (mostly mediocre).
Design-wise, I appreciate the desire to hew close to the Newgrounds theme, but I can't really condone the choice to render the interview text in all-caps TekuTekuAL at size 6 or whatever. For a text-heavy project (in fact, a text-dependent project), I guess I'd expect more effort spent toward making the text readable.
Honestly, it's quite obvious that you've put a great deal of effort into this flash, and the Newgrounds community appreciates the attention this has brought to the website.
Thanks for keeping us edgy, because for a while, we were getting pretty soft.
This is front page material.
Really, it is. You did a really nice job, even if santa's movement is a little choppy. Graphics are nice, concept is golden.
I'm not sure i can find anything wrong with this--its simply awesome.
wow, thank you:)
I loved it. you are really good at playing the piano. although it was a little repetitive. Great concept.
Hey thanks! Perhaps I'll upload more of my piano-ness.
Try herdar nex time man, dis stuf is amatur i men look at wat madcow did n way b4 u did dont be sad i gav u a bad raview just think nex time b4 u post sum lame stuf lik dis k man? peace out
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