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Hm well I have some mixed feelings, but overall it wasn't terribly bad, and there were definitely some things I enjoyed about it.

As far as the visuals go, they were nothing special, and they lacked consistency. I know this is most likely due to the additional animators, but it's very blatant and it disrupts the overall film. However, some of the frame-by-frame parts were done pretty well and looked very nice. I wish the whole thing was animated that way. But the other parts that were tweeny just didn't look so great.

For voice acting, sonicmega was very good, but most of the other characters just sounded very bland and off-quality. For music, sometimes you had some nice choices, but you should use less copyrighted audio, especially if you're going to put an ad in the preloader.

For writing, it was pretty good, there was nice, good amounts of dialogue and what the characters said furthered the story, sometimes when people use lots of dialogue it just goes allover the place and you could easily skip the scene and not miss anything from the storyline. This one actually had some crucial writing, and I found it pretty lightheartedly funny. You didn't rely so heavily on vulgarity and just pure hatred to bring comedy, you did it nicely and I respected it.

The characters definitely need some more variety. Some of the main characters do, but the rest of them look like Cyanide and Happiness style. At least make them different heights, more colors, different hairstyles, just more variety, it will greatly assist with the visuals. Also, backgrounds were okay.

I didn't really like the ending, I know it's supposed to be like a "to be continued" type of thing, but it ended so abruptly. Maybe there should be a bigger, longer falling action to the episode.

OVERALL it was okay, but there's lots of things that need to be fixed, most importantly, consistency in the animation, better voice acting, and more variety.

MistyEntertainment responds:

I personally thought some of the different art styles each possessed their own charm, though I understand what you're saying about it disrupting the overall film. The next episode will have a more consistent art style.

I made some of the parts tweeny, like King William's movements at the Royal Ball, because I honestly did not see any point in making it frame-by-frame. Some parts like the high-five in the beginning, I could definitely see warranting fbf, while others like simple movements, I thought could get away with a tween.

Yeah, I did go a bit overboard with the copyrighted music, though I thought a lot of the choices fit the scene (despite some of them being just plain horrid like "All Star").

I'd change the Cyanide & Happiness style if I didn't already go 39 episodes with it, so it'd be kinda weird to change them abruptly.

Thank you for your in-depth review.

Line-work and coloring are both pretty clean. Voice acting is not terrible, but in some areas it wasn't very good either. The dialogue was also nothing too bad most of the time.

Now for some negative things, I don't like this animation style. I'm not a fan of the whole "motion-tween-for-each-body-part" thing, I find it very lazy, stiff, and just not very nice to look at. I mean, all the characters just look and behave like lifeless puppets.

The lip-syncing wasn't very good, I mean their mouths go allover the place and it just looks fake, it looks like an obvious, paper-like graphic hovering over their face the whole time. HOWEVER I'm glad there actually IS lip-syncing nonetheless, some people just use mouth-flapping, so it isn't terribly lazy. It just doesn't look so great.

What I mostly disliked was just the overall plot and script... I mean it was lengthy, which is usually nice with videos, I mean I hate seeing all these 15-second things around here, but I thought it was just really boring. I didn't find it very funny, it was so slow-moving and kinda mind-numbing to a certain extent, up to the point where I was sorta hoping that it would end. Also the choice of audio was pretty bad, lots of the sounds sounded very fake and muffled. Audio and atmosphere overall can be extremely crucial to the overall outcome of a film.

It's a shame because I think this has a bit of potential, I like the idea of some guys at a restaurant with strange things happening to them, it could be really funny. I'm honestly a huge fan of pretty basic, typical, real-life plots.

1) Work on the script, make everything snappier, funnier, harder-hitting and less bland.
2) Some of the characters didn't sound so great, the actors should practice a bit more or get replaced, while you're at it get a better microphone.
3) Put more effort into the animation, and if you already are, study the way things move and how physics works. This particular style of animation can look extremely good IF it is done right, and I have seen it done marvelously in videos (seldom, but nonetheless). But the way you do this one specifically just looks totally dated and bland. Have more things going on in the background when they're outside and such.
4) Use better, more clear, lifelike audio for sound effects and ambiance. Music could help to make everything more upbeat and not so dead.
5) You can try making the camera move often, still shots of everything going from shot-to-shot gets tiresome after a while, have it pan or dolly or zoom, rack-focuses, anything, this can severely assist with making the visuals and overall video more pleasing to look at.

Also, there isn't much variety in the characters. I'm not really going to comment on that too much though, since this is already the third installment of this series, it would be weird of the designs suddenly changed. But if you can, make the characters look a bit different, different heights, use of colors, more drastic facial features, anything.

Overall, I didn't really enjoy it. Usually a video will have some sort of aspect about it that I like, but this one was kind of a miss on just about everything. You don't need to take this criticism, it's fine, but these are just my tips on making this whole series better... you may take it or not, that's your choice...

cyotecody555 responds:

I like lengthy reviews like this, they're the helpful kind from a common viewer.
Thanks

Hm... honestly I was a pretty big fan of this animation and drawing style. I liked the somewhat-messy colors and shading. Character moved around a lot and it was nice and interesting to look at.

Very unique, it's nice to actually see some different stuff around here once-in-a-while.

MindChamber responds:

Thanks! I don't plan to do it every single time. Just when I wanna shoot of a quick gag

Oh my gosh, you see, this is why you are my biggest influence with animation.

Your line-work is incredible, it's extremely clean and yet, natural-looking. It doesn't look like it was line-tooled. But your frame-by-frame is just so smooth and phenomenal, some of the best I've ever seen in any animation ever. The force behind movements and the movements themselves are just perfect, and you go over-the-top and it's so fun to watch.

As for your style of drawing, I absolutely adore the more abrupt-looking angles you use. It's very unique. Your colors are very fluorescent and they pop out. And what I really like... you don't abuse the line-boil effect 24/7.

This video was just cute, funny, and super-entertaining to watch. Your design, style, and pretty much everything is just not seen very often and it's just fantastic. You're a true professional at this, I always eagerly wait anything from you.

lol wow, I absolutely adored that animation style, it was so clean, colors were nice, great shading, and above all... just perfect animation, all the motions and physics worked correctly, but were over the top and fun.

Of course RicePirate's acting was awesome as well.

Overall I enjoyed it, lotta talent you got.

Hey look, a video that has above a 4.2 score and actually deserves it!

Art and animation were both very sleek and clean. Voicing was pretty good, I like their accents. Coloring is extremely nice, it's very vibrant and fluorescent. All the dialogue is well-written as well.

What I didn't like though... how slow they move around. It's very very smooth, but sometimes I think it's just little TOO smooth when they run, it just looked like they were going at a walking pace but their arms and legs were making running-like motions. Also the lip-syncing, it's okay, but their mouths tend to move allover their face at some parts, and the transition between different mouth movements is, again, rather slow.

Also, I wasn't the absolute HUGEST fan of the drawing style. It was clean and sleek, like the animation, but some characters, particularly Cornelius looked extremely flat and his ear sorta seemed out of place. Perhaps this was all intentional, but regardless, I didn't LOVE it. Other characters looked okay, though.

This whole thing as a very interesting, fun concept and overall I really enjoyed it. Very nice effects throughout the whole thing as well, this is close to professional. Just work on some certain motions and physics of it a little more, and I think it'll be perfect.

Well I expected a lot more to happen. All-in-all I generally liked the animation, it was executed nicely. I liked the frame-by-frame parts, not so much the tweens, however I can say that the tweens were done well, for what they were, anyway. Voice acting was really good, probably close to phenomenal.

The problem was, there wasn't enough content in it. It was too short. Plus I didn't really find it funny in the slightest. Good execution, though.

Wonchop responds:

I don't understand why so many people have issues with how short it is. My general feel is, if you're going to waste someone's time with something they may or may not enjoy, best not to waste too much of it.

I thought the animation was pretty unique and it looks like a decent amount of time went into it, it beats motion tweens any day. Also I like how this video isn't a parody, which is a bonus to me.

But I didn't find it really super laugh-out-loud funny to be honest. The humor was very drawn-out. Voice acting was pretty good, but the lack of background noises or music or really any atmosphere sorta killed it for me... FightingSeraph pretty much hit the nail on the head with his review, I have to agree with a lot of stuff he said. Had some potential but not the greatest execution in the world.

Overall I liked the visuals, the line-work was pretty unique, and the colors were nice and vibrant. Lots of pictures I see. But some of the motions don't really look right, I dunno, the characters sorta get deformed and it transforms into a bit of a mess.

But yeah it had potential, and I thought it was unique, but I didn't think it was really anything super satisfactory.

Jae responds:

Thanks?

Your animation is just amazing. You understand how physics works, it's very fluent. I'm a huge fan of how you did the colors, it's all in more of a duller-shade, but it all adds to the Skyrim-sorta style, since it mostly consists of wintery valleys, lots of grey. You also shaded and shined in all of the objects and characters, which can be a tedious job, but you did it, and did it well.

Your drawings are great, it has somewhat of a sketchy style, which is just awesome to look at. This thing kept making me laugh so hard, that bear just riding on the horse... I don't know what it was, but it worked. All that serious, epic music behind it all just topped it off.

I KNEW one day we would see the bear's adventure continue. Awesome job. You're a pro.

Bowz responds:

Thank you sir, your too kind. And shading everything is part of the reason this took longer than usual to make. I started this cartoon with the intent of keeping it simple. Things always get out of hand :D

I kinda liked the drawings, colors were nice and flourescent. Script was good, but voice acting was kinda sub-part to my tastes, as well with the overall audio. There were very little amounts of sound effects and ambient noises, it seemed so lifeless. It also failed to make me laugh, generally.

However, some parts of the animation were pretty smooth, and they went a lot of places and it had a decent running-time. Not the worst ever, but I don't think it's anything really amazing either.

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