I get the concept, and it is a cute enough video, but I have to admit it took me a couple watches to really understand what was going on. The idea is fine, but it is pretty thin and could do with some embellishment and clearer execution. I quite liked the animation for the most part, a bit sloppy, but some obvious talent there. Unfortunately, I think it goes without saying that the music was truly hideous. It grated and sounded carelessly edited and there's no need for something so simple to drag down your video. There's plenty of great creative commons music out there that could've been used in lieu of it.
Good luck to you in your future work.
Thanks for the tips. I will keep those in mind, so i may bring better videos :)
Sound effects, pitch perfect. Animation, simple, but suits the concept. And well-edited.
It just needs that extra layer of depth, as someone else described, another 'thread'. Once the point registered, and it became clear what was going on, the video was crying out for something else in the mix, some more complexity, some more interactions, some more actions. It was building nicely, a great crescendo and then petered out somewhat which was unfortunate.
Looking forward to seeing more from you.
The problem with this video is that was while it has a perfectly valid point about the ease at which people can make a lot of money producing reams of vapid content that requires little effort to produce, in an unintentionally ironic way, this video didn't really have a whole lot to say beyond that and unfortunately succumbs, albeit in a less obnoxious way, to the same thing it is satirising.
But I will almost always support the guy who actually makes the effort to produce some content of their own over the one who sits there and expects to be paid for playing someone else's content, unless they're one of the few (like TotalBiscuit) who can actually provide some added value in the form of insight or analysis or interesting deconstructions of the source material.
Yet another game grumps parody and yet another unfunny video where something that may have been funny to begin with, has been taken out of context, and is now unfunny, which is basically the opposite of what you're meant to do with a parody.
I hate to sound like a spoilsport but could you guys not have done something more interesting. There are 1000's of these game grumps animations and they're nearly all rubbish. The essence of parody, is to shine new light on something that makes you go "oh! I never noticed that" or to exaggerate something that may have been non-comedic for comedic effect. I really think you could've done better than this. This is lazy lazy stuff. Good luck in the future.
As you acknowledge yourself, this has no reason to be on the site. There is no entertainment value for anyone in this video. Even technically it's uninteresting. I am blamming this, not because I think this is bad for whatever it is, but because this is meant to be a site for actual content, not powerpoint transitions.
that's nice dear. ;)
Ah now c'mon, this is pretty weak. I hope you had a bit of fun making this, but it's rubbish quite honestly. It has no substance and a single gag which isn't very funny, much like a lot of other videos on this site.
I think you could've done something more interesting and ambitious with it. You need more than a singular idea. To me, the joke upon which the video is based is throwaway at best, you need a good handful of them, chained together to have a shot at making something entertaining. Further, when it comes to parodies, going beyond a superficial insight is the sign of someone who has put thought and effort into their video, and is usually rewarded with more viewers.
I hope this criticism is taken in the spirit of self-improvement. Good luck in the future.
Well, first of all. Opinions, mate. You can't make everyone happy. I'm sorry that this didn't make you burst into laughter, shitting bricks or whatever. But whenever I get in the mood of making something, I just get it done ASAP. I'm sure that'll change sometime. Sooner or later.
I think that this *could* work as a series, but it desperately needs fleshing out and critically some kind of contrast to the main Happy Boy character. The video is generally competent and well-animated, nothing wrong with the voices. The main character and elements of it are a little corny and cliché'd but there's nothing at all wrong with that if executed stylishly.
The problem I have with the video, is that the main idea doesn't really have much impact in and of itself. And I think if you rely on that sole idea, you'll quickly find the 'Happy Boy' schtick gets quite old, quite fast. I think some time needs to be taken to embellish the universe, to engage the viewer in it, and there needs to be more of a clear contrast to Happy boy for his antics and thoughts to have any punch.
Example: I think the opening shot is a poor choice. We're shown this run-down, guns blaring, windows broken school, andddd... it amounts to basically nothing. To me it seems it was simply there for the purpose of 'Hemorrhoid City' joke. Now, as I'm not 11 years old, I don't find that funny, but that's not the key point. The point is that in the sequence in which Happy Boy shows us what he would do, we're shown how he would turn the world into his nightmarish dystopian vision. However, by all accounts, as shown in the opening, their city is already a craphole. Subtle things like that undermine what you're going for. Critical points like that should not be sacrificed for throw-away jokes.
The setting and supporting characters need to provide a platform, a counter-balance for the 'maverick' style character, otherwise it's all a bit empty. It may be a better idea to shift the focus away from 'happy boy' and develop some more rounded characters for him to interact with, that or round out the Happy boy character himself.
Example 2: His introduction. We see him in silhouette form, but little attention is drawn to him, then immediately out of nowhere he launches into his tirade. Again, it doesn't have much 'shock value' when basically the first time we see him, we haven't spent much time in this universe and he goes into full flow. We need to see him beforehand, what does he do? Why is he there? What about the other kids?
You can't base a whole series on one joke. Inevitably what will happen without other rounded out characters is his antics will probably escalate and escalate. And I have no doubt you want to avoid it becoming tedious muck like 'Happy Tree Friends'.
But to end on a positive; I do think there's potential and it's well-animated. There simply aren't enough original series on here (or on the internet in general), and I'm always hoping to see a nugget of originality amidst a deluge of dull parodies. I hope this analysis is taken in the spirit of self-improvement! Wish you luck making this into a series, I'll be watching out for it.
This is the kind of video that's probably going to get down-rated for its subject matter, or maybe people who don't quite get some of the more British humour, but I genuinely chuckled at a few parts. Kudos to you guys for making an effort to actually produce something with characters, a universe, that reigns in the pop references and isn't just a lazy one joke parody skit. The voice acting was great.
But I do personally have mixed feelings on this video. The basic premise is funny, and there were some obvious, but funny observations about how paranoid and frankly absurd people can be about Muslims, mosques and whatnot. But I feel the tone shifted, and it strayed away from being absurd, the mundane and ridiculous things small-minded people say and do when it comes to this subject, which was chuckle-some, and just became a little mean-spirited, even if meant in a good way. The parallel between terrorists and the people who don't like mosques being built near them was incredibly strained, and the ending was quite slow to get to. I liked the interaction between the two main characters, and I think if it focussed more on that without the explicit stuff at the end, where things were spelt out too much, it would've been funnier. I also found the 'homo' joke was lacking the required dosage of irony to make it palatable, and as a result felt a little cheap and unneeded. Also, while I personally think religious opposition to eating one particular kind of meat *is* absurd, I do feel as it was executed here, it came off a bit ill-considered.
I really want to see more from you guys because I think the ingredients are there for something really funny. This would've been great trimmed a bit, tetchy jokes executed with a bit more consideration, and less focus on the specifics. These are the kind of videos I personally love to see and are all too rare: characters, a universe, some ambition and a sense of style.
Thank you so much for taking the time to make such a well thought out review! My hopes are never high when broadcasting on the internet as i don't employ any references to Pokemon, Dragonball Z, 90s cartoons or Super Mario Bros. :-/ Totally understand any criticisms you've made; it was partly made as a response to people's dreadful reactions to a mosque being built in my city. All the ideas put forth by the bad guys were actually said as recommendations on Facebook to "make the Muslims leave", including all the pig's blood/pork stuff. They also put forth ideas to get rid of "those homos" with other repulsive plans, hence the strained label H.O.M.O. Pretty fucking ridiculous but true. Australia doesn't do well with change.
Once again, thanks very much for your time - it's hugely appreciated.
S P Ratcliffe.
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