Doh, I already regret posting this. :0
Quality submissions make it to the front page next to the stuff you consider trash. Tom always put's good original content on the front page, and if he misses something you can tell him about it in a PM.
So what is the problem? That people like something you don't?
That the front page reflects the tastes of the entire NG viewership instead of just your own? Are you trying to convince people that they're wrong for liking certain movies, by mocking said movies (i'm no psychologist but that seems like an ineffective method)?
Just make good movies... They will be on the front page. The people that care about those types of movies will watch. The people that would rather watch Brawl Taunts will watch Brawl Taunts.
The success of Brawl Taunts and Egoraptors movies don't affect the success of other more "original" content... Well, except that they bring more viewers to NG, some of whom spill over into watching your fine original content. So essentially you should be THANKING them for bringing you viewership, while you still get to retain your integrity. And you should be happy NG puts your stuff on the front page just for the sake of animation, even though it won't bring in as many viewers as "MarioBall Z: Over 9000".
So... I feel you should all unwad your panties and go about your business.
Adam Philips didn't become successful by mocking everyone else's stuff. He did it by making awesome content.
It was really a genius plan (making awesome content).
A few months ago ashford pride made a movie with a foreboding title. It was called "Awesome Grounds".
Well ladies and gentlemen, that's might as well what this site should be called (at least right now), with the top row on the front page slot dedicated to an "awesome" movie and an "awesome" parody, an "awesome" t-shirt in the newgrounds store, and pretty much every "awesome" movie in the top 100, along with han's "awesome's creed".
I can't go to newgrounds with seeing something not about egoraptor or his coveted video game parody series. It makes me wonder sometimes if pursuing anything but half-assed cartoons making mildly funny observations about video games laced with profanity is even worth it. Truly, they are what bring the masses of 13-year olds to this site, and thus increases traffic and competition in the internet world. But you have to ask yourself, with this sort of two-bit audience increasing in numbers, are they really interested in watching anything else?
I understand that it's a dog eat dog world in the online entertainment business, and to compete you have to pretty much put up content that a majority of internet browsers would click on. This includes either women or video games. Things they already know they want. And that's all they want. They sign up, watch more, and come back and do it again later. They're trained to know that what they want is easily accessible and is promoted all over the site.
Original content is often shuffled off to the bottom of the page, or never gets any attention to begin with. Now comes into play the whole 'they won't click on it unless there's a boob for the icon', etc etc. That's because they've been fashioned to think that way.
I'm not saying i have all the mysterious answers to the way people's minds work. But this much is true - if all people click on are breasts and video game icons, and you give them breasts and video game icons, you're not pushing the envelope.
Newgrounds is the epitome of user-generated content. We already have a massive advantage over youtube in the fact that making a cartoon involves so much more creativity than snappily editing your webcam footage. So instead of 200 cartoons coming out every minute, we have 200 cartoons coming out every day. That gives someone a better chance of breaking out and being discovered for his hard work, and a reward for a job well done.
But in the same way that viewers are trained that they don't have to go out of their way to avoid original content they would otherwise enjoy, authors are becoming more and more disenchanted with their personal creations and are turning to nerd culture icons and cheap tactics to get viewers.
I can't tell you how many animators I have spoken to that have shunned their own creations in favor of sub-pop culture parody and disjointed scripts sprinkled with toilet humor and profanity. a cartoon catering to everyone who's forgotten what cartoons are all about. And here we are shoving away everything about cartoons that was originally appealing and magical, because we're pretty much forced to.
I'm not pointing the finger at any one person here. I think it's part of the bigger picture - bigger than Newgrounds, too. But if people really care about the future of cartoons and animation, we wouldn't be seeing this kind of blatant favoritism.
People will find what they want if they want it. They don't need to be spoon fed it all.
For thirty years animators who strive to create something genuinely unique have gotten nothing but a slap in the face. It's sickening and it has to stop someday, before they all disappear.
Lastly, this post is not about me. I'm not writing this out of self-pity, bitterness or spite. I'm being honest. I care a lot about the future of animation, and what I see around me is very troubling. The industry is bad enough, but where the future lies is in the small corners of the animation world. Newgrounds is one of them. I spend a lot of time trying to encourage and teach frame-by-frame animation, and creating your own characters and scripts. That is what is important
Tom crying over the button was hilarious.
There's a lot of great satire in these movies, and some really nice animation!
Yet it seems unnecessarily mean-spirited.
I guess I'm more a fan of the "don't like it, don't watch it" technique than the "gather a lynch mob and shame publicly" technique.
Fabricating drama is a great way to create a buzz though, no doubt!
It's almost as sure a thing as making a Nintendo parody. :D
Your blog readership must be off the charts!
lmao yea Im an internet celebrity now
The pixelated trophies looked awesome.
Nice recreation of those characters too.
It was creative!
I like the monster. He's very cute.
The animation isn't perfect but you tried some really hard actions and angles, so good job on that.
Looking forward to more!
Don't forget to try other things besides this one character/series. :)
thanks :D yeah don't worry it won't ALL be the blue monster :3
thanks for the review!
It's nice to have a character that isn't batshit insane to balance out blockhead and his conscience.
The humor and animation are both improved over your other stuff (not so random).
Who says I'm nottttttt :(
Though I really must protest the fact that this is on the frontpage (people often put more effort than this into ONE FRAME of a thousand frame animation), it's a pretty nice drawing.
Keep it up... Try animating him.
Well thank you...
You actually did use my music. :D
It was a pretty snazzy stick fight. Loved all the flying through the air and the physics.
Only thing I'd say is, don't underestimate the importance of sound effects!
Keep up the good work.
Of course I did you're music is awesome! Thanks for the review and yeah... I may start using soudn effects need to find some good ones really.
I love NOFX more than life itself. Good idea bringing the album art to life.
Maybe you can get a news post on fat wreck or something.
This is an old movie I understand, but the main reason for this review is I was hoping you could tell me more about that music. I googled "hirsch", and of course came up with a lot of people with that name (even musicians).
I actually don't know a whole lot about the artist either. It came on a soundtrack to the movie "Crumb". The movie is a documentary of a underground comics artist of the 60's. But anyway, if you like that song, I'd recommend getting that soundtrack! It has a TON of great songs like that on it! Hope that helps.
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