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Thank you Yotam for bringing this back. Obviously don’t rush yourself, but this episode alludes towards a lot more to look forward to! I love the insights in turtle’s subconscious.

LazyMuffin responds:

oh i never rush myself, its a problem!!
thank you

That was great! I love the character designs & the color palette!

That was very fun! I really liked the border around the animation making it look like a water color painting. Great job! :)

Every part of this animation was fantastic, and I am especially impressed by the soundtrack and more importantly the sound mixing. The mix of the diegetic audio really makes you feel like you are in that space with the panning and reverb. It must’ve taken a long time and I think that has been rather under appreciated in these reviews.

All in all this is such a clever animation, and I can’t wait to see more from you guys in the future.

Excellent work Nine! Seeing this now, I understand why you have uploaded music to NG during these past couple days. As always the art/ animation looks really great.

I can tell that you've been spending quite some time beefing the sound design for your animations. The sound effects are well crafted, however I'd recommend using less (and different) reverb for your characters talking. The reverberation sounds a little metallic at times and can overpower what the characters are saying. But that's just a small change and a minor fix to think about in the future.

Other than that this episode is a great addition to the BtF saga, and I can't wait for the next installment.

9Hammer responds:

Thanks for pointing that out! I'll keep that in mind going forward since I'm sure there can be some more improvements with audio mixing.

Never in a million years did I think I'd leave a review about a dog who wants to watch porn and accidentally discovers that he's a rapper. I also didn't expect to love it so much.

So here's the thing: at face value, the concept shouldn't work. It shouldn't. At least it shouldn't work so well. However, in the execution, you guys knocked it out of the ballpark in pretty much every way.

The best place to start would have to be the dialogue. Many humorous animations struggle to be funny because there is a lack of clever quips between the characters. This 3-minute cartoon used the dialogue very well and had those clever quips (my favorite is when Gentles says "cultural appropriation" to calling it doggy style). I don't know why, but I also like how Jimmy Fallon is in the end credits after seemingly being unimportant in the beginning. It was very clever and highly effective.

But good dialogue can fall with bad voice acting. Thank god this is not the case. The voice actors did a fantastic job, their inflections were dynamic and were easy to listen to. Jaq did a great job with making each line exaggerated and Jon's dry responses acted as a great foil to that. Not much else to say on this, but that doesn't mean it was any less because of that.

As someone who makes music myself (as a hobbyist), I was especially impressed with the sound design and soundtrack. The background music was interesting to listen to and helped add "umph" to the jokes being told. And of course, how could I not address the elephant in the room: that absolute fire rap Gentles spits out. It caught me off guard in a great way. The animation "won me over" once I saw that rap (lol). The music during the credits also made it feel more final in a very disarming (but good) way. Props to Chris for bringing his all in the OST.

The animation was great too. Dare I say it reminded me of that "classic newgrounds"-esque style. So, points for unintentional nostalgia... I guess? Jaq and Jon worked very quickly for the jam, but that definitely didn't affect the quality. The look of the backgrounds are simplistic yet effective (especially with that almost hand-drawn-to-paper look to it), and the character animation is on point. No character feels too static, they all look great! The color pallet was chosen very carefully too. Excellent Job to Jon and Jaq.

If someone had simply told me the plot before I had seen it I wouldn't have liked it. I never would have thought I'd write such a glowing review.


The execution of everything leaves me absolutely baffled in the best ways possible. Wonderful job to you guys and good luck on the jam. I can't wait to see more from all of you in the future.

I am never eating McDonalds again.

It's always really awesome to see new creators start animated web-series, especially on places like NG. Palkorak, I greatly appreciate your efforts on this pilot.

You had a bunch of people working on this project, and I hope to see the progress all of you will make in the future. There have been quite a few reviews on this already, so I'll try my best to not beat a dead horse. From what I've seen you've taken constructive criticism gracefully and I really appreciate how you don't respond to it poorly. Keep up the good work!

The music in this pilot was great and I enjoyed it. The title sequence music really got me pumped for the next 9 minutes in the episode. Throughout the short there were proper sound effects that didn't distract but rather helped suspend disbelief. The script was pretty good, especially when Elliot and Trent were in two different places at once and the scenes overlapped each other. Jokes were pretty solid in the script. This concept is pretty cool, however where you take it is what matters. I think you have a solid idea here.

With that said, there's still a bit more room to grow. While the VAs were very good at acting, there was a bunch of white noise that their microphones picked up. Sound design is what people notice first before visuals. While you may not be able to change the microphones the voice actors use, there are slight changes you can make in free programs like audacity to help curb this issue. I would also recommend writing scripts with less yelling in them for the future as the microphones your voice actors use weren't too forgiving of the increased volume.

The artwork could also be improved upon. I think better models of the characters that have designs for different angles and poses is needed so they don't have to just stare forward the entire time. Lip-syncing was very good, but other movements and shots should be more polished. Backgrounds were fine as they fit the style of the characters.

I think the animation is a little too still at times. There are quite a few lines that the VAs emphasize words that the character's bodies don't. The scene Elliot is peeing is a good example of not enough animation for characters. Trent sits in the same pose not reacting at all. The sequence would be funnier if he continuously got more bored/ annoyed/ curious/ confused as the viewer waits in anticipation for what Elliot is about to say. I think jokes could land much better if the animation could exaggerate them more.

All in all, this is just constructive criticism to consider as you produce the series. Take my criticism with a grain of salt, for I haven't produced any shows for myself lol. I just want to see future episodes of this perform extremely well, and I think you guys can make it happen. Best of luck!

DOGL responds:

we need more criticism like yours on newgrounds thank u for your time son

octolivvy responds:

this is super helpful thank u sm!

PieLordCollin responds:

This was very nice to read! Thank you! We're taking all this into mind while working on episode 2. Thank you very much!

SirWillisIV responds:

Thank you. This is immensely helpful. Glad to know you want to see more and are giving us useful suggestions. Dogl's right, we need more criticism like yours going around.

Fantastic as always

Yay! A Christmas special from root & digby? I'm glad a new episode was finally released. Can't wait to see more.


jerbtoons responds:

Thanks for watching!

I'm a composer and I will always strive to make my music better!

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