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Kirbopher
Animation Artist, creator of over 100 pieces of Flash animation on and offline. Graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Class of 2011.

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Posted by Kirbopher - June 10th, 2009


Haven't had much reason to post lately, mainly 'cuz I've been busy. HAPPILY busy, at that!

I was worried I wasn't gonna have enough to do this Summer, but I've been doin' okay at keeping track of my workloads every day now. I'm proud to say I'm makin' a decent amount of money at that. The work at EduWare's been good, been going in a few days a week working on a game called "Math Motorway". Still getting shots to color for that independant film, just finished another one recently AND I finished a whole truck of commissions from one generous guy. I'm still takin' them for those who're interested, remember!

Meantime, been trying to keep a good pace on all of my NG projects. I think I mentioned at some point the audio for Part 3 of the Parody Rangers Feature Movie together, so I could really start on that whenever...I should soon, mrgh. Eh I'm sure once I get goin' on it I'll be working on Part 3 a lot. Richie and I've been laggin' a bit on Power of Three, since he's just moved to California to persue his career and dreams (go for it dude!) but in the meantime I'm continuing to write, actually! I'm very happy that the writing spark has returned for me, I've missed it. I think I may actually enjoy writing and conceptualizing stuff more than any other part of the animation process. I've gotten to write more comedic stuff and some serious stuff for various projects and ideas, all of which is really important to me.

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SO! With Summer now in full-swing, that means it's also time for lots of conventions! I've got plenty lined up that I'll be attending alongside good friends and colleagues, so here's a few:

(Edit note: Removed the word "appearance" because apparantly this equates to me talking as if I'm a guest, which equates to me being full of myself. I love how you guys misinterpret a thousand things over one word.)

AnimeNEXT in New Jersey will be this weekend, I -think- I'll be going all three days. Sunday's up in the air, mainly because my mode of transportation there is via road trip with the SMA Crew. I'll be with them a lot over the course of the weekend, but will also be seperating to take part of various panels and workshops, including a live recording of "The Big Bald Broadcast" hosted by DBZ Narrator Kyle Hebert and Marc Swint (voice of Metaknight & Captain Falcon on $00pah NiN10Doh!). Also popping around will probably be Casey Mongillo (voice of Pit on $00pah NiN10Doh!) and old-school Newgrounds VA Lucien Dodge, both of which I haven't seen since New York Anime Fest. Should be a blast :]

The following weekend, Wizard World Philadelphia I'll be attending for one day, Friday. Last year I think it was BigAppleCon that NG set up a booth with all the staff and a bunch of the site's best animators as a prep for the even bigger San Diego Comic-con that followed up. I'll be going that Friday alongside NiN10Doh! Animator and fellow SVA student Mike Ruocco, either via road trip or maybe just a train ride, ah well. WE'LL HAVE A GAY OL' TIIIIIME~

~AAAND speaking of SDCC I'll be goin' there again with an even bigger group of people last year! My gang'll include the likes of Mike, Zach, Tom, Tara, Corinne and MANY other colorful characters to join the extravaganza of nerdom geekism. I know a TON of folks are coming this time around, I'm excited for this trip even more the second time.

Then lastly will be NYAF, as previously mentioned, in September. Not much has been announced just yet, but it's RIGHT HERE where I live so it's a given attendance, really.
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Things aren't so hot right now, lotta bad crap goin' on far past any typical internet drama or anything petty like that. Life's hard, but like everyone else, I'm simply continuing forward and trying to do the best I can with what I've got. I'm VERY fortunate to have what I've got, so I need to make use of it in every possible way I can. A wise man once told me that the most resourceful artists utilizes everything in their immediate surrounding...and with NYC being my immediate surroundings, that's a pretty sweetass deal. We'll see...wish me luck kids!


Posted by Kirbopher - May 26th, 2009


Been a while! I've been so damn distracted that I've not much time or reason to make another post, but there's some new stuff finally! Wootah.

Just finished "Supah Crazy-Ass Renaldo Rangers!" after taking MUCH longer with it than I should have, but I'm happy with the result. Psy, who commissioned me to animate it in the first place, loved and enjoyed it, I got payed a nice sum in addition to the pay I've been building up at my day job, everybody's happy! Not sure if Renaldo Rangers'll get front page, but TWTOT did for a few days to my surprise, so maybe! To rest of you guys, Parody Rangers followers and otherwise, hopefully you'll excuse the huge lack of animation quality in the spin-off; I had to cut a lot of corners to get it done faster, so there's plenty of cookie-cutter head positions and mouth "loops". Overall though it's intended to simply entertain and it sounds like it's doin' that job pretty well. Apparently the part that gets the most laughs is our "conversation" during the end credits. That wasn't a real chat or anything I promise, we just improved it XD;

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But! Regardless of the quality on Renaldo Rangers, with that done I can focus more on my other stuff currently in the pipeline. A lotta new things have popped up over the last month alone. I ended up having to put what was once a "big" idea on the back-burner for something even bigger that I'll be working with a couple familiar animators from $00pah NiN10Doh! on. You guys actually may not even -see- this project unless things go a certain way, but I'm gettin' excited for it simply from the possibilities. Truthfully, Parody Rangers: THE MOVIE is taking a backseat to my other work right now as well, however I'll be cutting together the audio for PART 3 soon and if all goes well I can still get it done at some point over the Summer. No promises though, but hopefully you guys'll stick with me.

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ALSO something I'm incredibly excited about, without a doubt, is the Power of Three event goin' on. Those've you who've read up on the site know I've teamed up with Richie Zirbes, "Captain of the Poke-porn" doing the programming and of course Psy scoring the music for our marvelous game concept. Richie and I've been goin' back and forth a lot and're continuing to come up with cooler and cooler stuff. I was very glad that the two of them were quick to respond to my call to arms as soon as I saw Tom's announcement, because I think this may end up being one of the coolest projects I've ever been involved with. $00pah NiN10Doh! was hard to top because of how proud I am with everyone else's cards brought to the table, but this original game project is a chance to show what -I- can do, and hopefully not fail to impress. I think we have an edge due to a few things I won't spoil, but I went in thinking of certain team-ups that would be taking place and sure enough they are, plenty of which will be tough to match. Regardless, I'm gonna go 100% on this and hope it'll do Newgrounds good. I wanna help the site out as much as possible, do some more original work as I've intended to make good on, and most of all I've wanted to do a video game of some kind since I was in Elementary School. Wanting to make games was actually how I got into doing flash, which then spiraled into animation becoming my new passion in the first place, so this is a dream come true for me and I'm glad to be working with Richie and Psy on this.

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Few other quick hits:

-I found some more kickass thesis films from my fellow SVA students. Here's a few of my favorites: Passin' on Class, Durian Season & Juxtaposed.

-Got lotsa fun plans for the summer, gonna go see "UP" with a bunch'a friends next week. I'm really interested in this one since I think Pixar will prove they can really make an amazing movie even out of the most fantastic of concepts.

-There're also a few conventions I'll be hitting up. AnimeNEXT in Jersey during the second week of June; haven't been to this one in a few years but it was a lotta fun so I'm lookin' forward to it. That and of course, San Diego Comic-con later July.

-I'm continuing to work, but any extra cash would be greatly appreciated so don't forget that I still take commissions! Much appreciated :]

Latah~!


Posted by Kirbopher - May 8th, 2009


Hey I jumped out a window, so technically I'm dead! ISN'T THAT FUNNY.

I'm hearing a lot of people apparently just liked my introduction (and the easter egg for those brave enough to stay through the entire thing) and predictably weren't too happy with the actual content. I don't remember if I mentioned this in any other posts a while back, but I guess it's worth mentioning that the intro sequence was basically my one "demand" for the third and final installment being made in the first place. Kira was nice enough to ask for my "permission" to make the thing in the first place when, when it gets down to it, she didn't technically have to. When the idea of it being a collab was brought up, my only request was to do the intro and have it be whatever I want, everything after that of which made up the "meat" (?) of the movie was all her and the other artists brought on board. The opening was fun to animate and didn't take up too much time truthfully, so I'm cool with how it turned out.

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BUT ENUFF'A DAT CRAPOLA. So I was happily surprised to see There Was This One Time actually got front page for a couple days. Tom and the crew were gracious enough to shed some attention on my first original toon and I've gotten a lot of really nice feedback from people all over the map. I appreciate all of your thoughts on the cartoon very much and I've never been prouder of a piece of my own work, so thanks a lot! I've got an idea for a sequel, but I'm not gonna say for sure if it'll happen or not. TWTOT is different from my other works in where its creation isn't necessarily related to this community.

Above all else it was for school and allowed me to really focus and polish one specific movie at a steadier pace; I went into it assuming it wouldn't get front page let alone much attention on NG in general, hence why I simply asked for some critique from my fellow artists. With that in mind though, I and the other creative minds involved with TWTOT won't be doing a second installment unless there's absolute reason to do so and not just "for the sake" of making another one. But hey, jokes are always being made and written down and my opportunities in class continue to pop up again and again so who knows!

With that said actually, in the midst of class being over we've had our films being screened in front of a whole bunch of people at our school! First we showcased all of our films during the last class and then had an undergrad screening where all of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year films were shown to other animation students and teachers from around the school. TWTOT gotta ton of laughs and positive response and I felt honored to witness that come about. In the process, Rob Kohr, a great animator I've had the pleasure to work with the past couple months, was nice enough to make a quicktime file of it for me that was used in my class' reel during the screening. I managed to snag it from my teacher and then eventually put it on YouTube!

The audio synch's a little off, but I put a link to the HQ version right here on Newgrounds and figured it couldn't hurt to get some exposure on the youtub, right? Just in time too, as I've discovered there are more than a couple people around Youtube that have been pretending to be me, but Kirbopher15 is my one and only YouTube account where I may be uploading some other stuff in the near future. Also while we're on the YouTube imposters bit, for the record I don't have a little brother named Arin. I have an OLDER brother named Victor who's a really accomplished artist, but no. If you see any other YouTube users posting comments and videos under something along the lines of my name, they're fake. I -did- have an account previously, "NetkingZetto" but it was later closed down and Kirbopher15 is my official one as it stands.

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Couple quick things before I end it:

-To those've you who really enjoy my work I may as well put this out there. I know there's been some incriminating stuff put out there poking fun at me, some stuff that's been done in critique of me, a few things done in ill will, some stuff doing jokingly and some stuff done with simply blunt honesty. While I appreciate that there are people out there defending me and speaking against material done to make me look bad, you're probably better off not getting involved. Typically that's what those people are looking for; they just mock the "fish" that take their bait. That and not all of the stuff done like that is even intended to be so malicious either, some people who have given me critique on the stuff I've put on my NEO-C account haven't had the most positive things to say, but there's nothing wrong with that at all. I leave all of that stuff up for people to give their honest thoughts and feedback to, so don't get on their case for giving me what I ask for. Hopefully that all makes sense.

-I've finally gotten my page for the NG Sketchbook Tour for this year! I'm excited and really wanna do something cool looking' this time around, since my page for the previous one wasn't all that impressive compared to the other stuff. Luis if you read this, are we able to do the same as last time and simply hand you our page at SDCC again? Dunno what Newgrounds plans are for this year if there are any in the works, but if any of you guys remember anything that I've been unaware of, lemme know!

-With my 2nd year at SVA all finished, I've got lots of time to focus on my work again, just gotta get back into the groove again. My driver's been kinda dead over the past few weeks, but I have so much crap to DO that I've gotta just put my gigantic nose to the grindstone already. Renaldo Rangers IS coming along, just haven't been working on it very much lately, blargh. Also I've gotta big idea to make due on after that project's finished AND I'm gonna have my part-time job to contend with again soon. Yowza, wish me luck!

-EDIT: Oh! Also I went to the "Dusty's" event recently which is basically the screening of all my school's thesis students' films. Not all of them were fantastic, but the vast majority were incredibly well-done. There's one in particular that was a favorite of mine, called "Metal Boot". The creator, Paul Villeco put it up on Youtube as well. PLEASE check it out, it's hilarious. I'll put up some other links if I find any others.


Posted by Kirbopher - May 1st, 2009


Hey all, Happy Pico Day and a big 'ol Happy b-day to Tom!

So finally I've released "There Was This One Time", my student film for my 2nd year at the School of Visual Arts. It's been put under the NEO-C account as promised and here to kick off my tremendous workload for the month of May.

So, There Was This One Time, when a bat, a rhino, a ferret and an old man all got together and played a card game.

That was the basic concept I came up with after I created a character for each of the members of TeamFourStar, the people behind Dragonball Z Abridged, which is now linked to on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses might I add! Scott, Lani, Taka and I all got together one night after I had finished designing and came up with the basic concept of them playing cards, none of them knowing what game they're playing and the whole thing ending with Ol' Man Mutton somehow winning and keeping them as pets in a cage. We improved and wrote down the script in a night and soonafter I recorded each of their voices that the character designs were tailor-fit to, along with Masako and the Opening Narrator.

I put every bit of animation skill I had into this one, focusing solely on it every single Teusday during my main class for several hours in a row, so that I could make sure to take my sweetass time with it over the course of several months. RedM was also nice enough to arrange the music for me and having custom-made BGM is a great feeling, thanks Alex!

My one main issue is that unfortunately, it's not quite as "pretty" as I wanted it to be. After completing the version that I've submitted tonight, the .fla file for the movie became corrupted while in the middle of shading it. I'm pissed because it was looking REALLY nice so far and I had gotten about 2/3rds into finishing it...so, unfortunately it's not exactly the way I wanted, but it could've been a LOT worse. At the very least I have a finished product to showcase to you guys and my peers at school enjoyed it too. Sadly though, because the file is corrupt I literally can't make ANY changes, even if I wanted to go back and shade the whole thing again, which I'd be willing to do, I literally CAN'T access the .fla anymore. So with that in mind I hope you'll excuse any little glitches here and there, I know there's one scene where the background didn't fit over the screen and you can see some white at the top. Whoops.

For my first original toon I'm really interested in critique from you guys, my fellow artist, specifically from people who aren't normally fond of my other works. I know that probably sounds kinda lame, like I'm trying to "prove my worth" to the community or something, but I'm genuinely asking for any feedback from you guys. Those've you I know in some capacity that are fellow flash animators, if you'd be kind enough to leave a review, or a comment here, or a comment mentioning that you left a review so I can find it, I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts on this one. Next year we'll be doing a group project a la collabs here on NG, so I'd like to take something away from this project to have in mind for next year. Thanks very much!

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Just a couple other little things before I head out, check the Parody Rangers MOVIE blog for a quick update. Long story short, I'll be finishing the Renaldo Rangers spin-off later this month and as it stands right now, the following parts of Parody Rangers THE MOVIE are no longer being officially sponsored by NG, but I plan on finishing the movie regardless.

Also! Teusday I was surprised and flattered to see some alternate language fandubs of a few of the movies I've worked on! First we have $00pah NiN10Doh! en espanol, where a bunch of friends got together and dubbed the entire thing. Then, even more intriguing was the German dub of $eG@!, of which people are now coining the title "Sonic's Nightmare" on YouTube. They're both pretty hilarious and the concept of having something I worked on in another language in itself is pretty badass :]


Posted by Kirbopher - April 17th, 2009


Slight update, nothin' ridiculous this time around.

"There Was This One Time"is officially finished, however since I have about two more weeks until it's due, I've decided to try shading it using some of the time I have leftover by now. TWTOT without looks like my most polished, most "complete" piece of animation that I've ever done since I first started doing this type of work. The flash file seems to've suddenly picked up a weird glitch all of a sudden but hopefully I'll be able to fix that up at school or something. Expect the release of my first original toon at the start of May.

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[UPDATE: I'm typing this from school, in need of some technical assistance if possible. The other night while in the middle of shading TWTOT, the file started getting wonky and my regular selector tool started glitching out. I tried opening up the file again after restarting flash, but now when I open the file it doesn't show -anything- and the second you even try to do something in Flash while the file is open, the program quits. I tried taking the file here at school and attempted opening it on a Mac, but got the same result. I've -never- seen a case like this before and I have not the slightest idea of what to do. Have any of you guys experienced something like this before and have any advice on how to fix this?]
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Also in early May, the third and final "Brawl Taunts" will be out. It's hard to believe that it's been a full year since the first one came out, but this collab will be out on the 1 year to-the-date release day of the original one, May 7th. Only one person left to go, everything else is compiled and it should be good to go. By this point I know mainly the reason people are waiting for it is because they want to see the rebuttle that will be released with it, but that's cool too so no worries.

Lastly, I've started working on "It's the Supah Crazy-Ass Renaldo Rangers!" spinoff of Parody Rangers, which may or may not be out in May as well. May. May-may? Merumerumay. Yeah, started doing the animation, of which is gonna be much more limited...I'm cheating a LOT with the lipsynch for instance, which typically I hate doing, but since Renaldo's mouth flaps are trickier than the other characters, if I don't take some shortcuts this time around the damn thing'll never come out. Not the end of the world but it'll probably still bug me. Above all else Psy wants people to be entertained by it and I think everyone will, since it has a lot of what people liked about the original 3 Parody Rangers movies.
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So I mentioned some stuff about doing voices a few posts ago I think...and yeah, most of those projects are on hold or I'm simply playing the waiting game for. In the meantime, I've gotten to do some work for a few pretty neat projects I'm more than happy to plug.

First of the two is Rina-chan's original story that was just fully edited and completed in the form of a Radioplay:

Dragon Star ~ A Story of Competetive Gaming

It's a +20 Minute romantic venture of Kazumi, a girl who gets smitten and chases after the best player of the popular "Dragon Star" fighting game. After a few tips from those surrounding her new obsession, Hiroshi, our heroine dedicates herself to learning everything she can about being an incredibly Dragon Star player...as well as learning everything she can about Hiroshi.

Just listened to it last night and it's very endearing, so if you guys have some silence that needs filling while going to work or school or maybe want something to listen to while animating, be sure to give it a listen. Kira worked really hard on it and I was glad to play the role of Hiroshi.

Second project was also a big honor, not only because I got to play one of Cailen Crow's characters that he's wanted me to voice for several years now, but the character in question (Eric Pockets) was beautifully animated by DeviantArt's Unknown-Person.

LAW OF TALOS: Annie & The Professor vs. Karl
PART 1

PART 2

UP's one of the great animators that do work for various storytelling art tournaments on DeviantArt, similar to Zuerel who I'm glad has gotten front page with some of his work before here on Newgrounds as well. They're only a few of the talented folks that work on these tournaments constantly coming up with awesome material every year. My role in the two-part battle of original characters is a small one, but I was honored to finally play Eric and UP's animation is simply awesome to look out. Hope you'll check it out!
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Expect posts about the new projects coming next month as they continue to be released. Here's hopin' everything turns out well :]


Posted by Kirbopher - April 6th, 2009


Hey guys, yet another text wall. BRACE YOURSELF.

So first off hope y'all got some laughs from "$eG@!" For those who didn't already know, it was an April Fools joke that Corinne and I came up with a long time ago mainly based off of Chris Thorndyke's obsession with Sonic the Hedgehog. It started with the brokeback spin on Sonic X Episode 1's final scene, then I came up with the whole deal about the different versions of Sonic waking up and having other characters in bed with him etc.

Tossed in Knuckles dancing, gotta few other ideas from the likes of CZ and Cailen and threw the whole thing together in about a week and a half. It was fun to do, Tom was gracious enough to slap it up there on the front page even though it didn't coincide incredibly with their April Foolks joke this year, BUT it did better than expected so it was kept on the front page a bit longer than just April Fools Day. So no, obviously we're not doing a full-fledged SEGA/Sonic themed collab, but this'll have to do.
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Funnily enough I've been on a bit of a Sonic kick these past couple weeks since I began working on $eG@!, as I've inadvertedly reminded myself that I love Sonic Adventure 2 and that was the game that got me interested in the character and franchise again after years of having no new Sonic stuff (on my end) since the Genesis/Megadrive games. But yeah!

In the midst of this, good bud Psyguy, who by the way is open for casting in other flash cartoons in case you guys happen to be looking for voices (wink-wink), is now going to be doing his own flash series called "That's My Sonic" (yes, the name's based on the ol' sprite comic of the same name) where essentially all of us hopped on Skype and make some silly chatter (in-character of course) after which he animated us AS various Sonic characters. He'll be doing full episodes once we have everything figured out, of which I'm really lookin' forward to. I'm set to voice Shadow, plus various members of the Parody Rangers cast will be involved as well. More stuff from that'll surely come up over the summer.

While TMS is Psy's pet project that I'm glad to be part of, we also came up with a joint-project that I think Parody Rangers fans'll really get a kick out of. Those've you who remember the original 2nd Episode of Rangers, in which Renaldo had a fantasy scene about having his own set of Power Rangers based after himself; this joke will basically be getting a spin-off short all about the "Supah Crazy-Ass Renaldo Rangers!". We sat down and wrote the script together, s'about 3-4 minutes (probably less) and Psy's commissioned me to do the animation for it. This little extra bit we're doing all on our own and isn't part of the whole sponsorship deal with the Feature Movie, but I think you guys'll gets more than a few laughs out of it. The animation process hasn't started just yet, but look out for it within the next month or two.
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Renaldo Rangers' progress hasn't started just yet since I'm currently still working hard on my coloring job for that indie-film, plus I'm happy to say that "There Was This One Time" is VERY close to coming out! The coloring process (ironically) for that cartoon is over halfway through as I'm striving to polish this up as much as I can. By the end of April it should be all done. I'm incredibly proud of how it's turned out so far and this is one project I'm hoping to get as much feedback and critique on as I can get. I'll make another announcement about it later on.
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Last but not least, I wanna say thanks, actually! I won't bore you guys with the drama-filled details but the last few weeks have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me and I've had to deal with a lot issues and problems going on i my life that've given me endless amounts of confusion. It's at this time that I'm very glad that I have my family, my closest friends both online and off that I can really trust and depend on in weird times like this, not to mention that you guys, despite honestly not knowing me incredibly well as a person and just by my work are nice enough to leave comments, send messages, write reviews or even just WATCH my stupid crap that I draw on a computer screen every once in a while. "Fandom" is typically a concept that bothers me and I'm very shakey about, especially when it applies to myself outside and in. Regardless, I truly appreciate you all who've stuck with me and enjoyed my work...hell, even the people who DON'T. At least ya took the time (I'm assuming) to check it out and form an opinion about it in the first place. So for all the support, in whatever way you've given it, I appreciate the thoughts and hope you'll continue to do so. I've still got tons of plans and stuff to give back to the viewers, the community, my fellow artists and just Newgrounds in general.

WHOOSH.


Posted by Kirbopher - March 20th, 2009


WHAT UP BIZ-NATCH...ES!?

So, Go! Go! Parody Rangers THE MOVIE - Part 2 released yesterday and hit front page earlier today. Thanks everyone who watched, hope ya got a laugh or two. I've gotten a lotta nice complements from everyone on board and I'm glad it turned out so well. Managed to get this one done, being more complicated and MUCH longer than Part 1, in a damn impressive time-frame too. I started on it over the Christmas break, finished everything up to Billiam hanging himself (and failing miserably at it), took a slight break to work on some other pressing matters, then got back to it and finished the rest a little under a week ago. Part 3 won't be as long as this one, so it should be done most likely by mid-summer depending on when I get it finished.

Gotta couple Easter Eggs for you guys to have some fun with, thanks to the audio portal! I'm glad that for the most part people were okay with the "sex scene" near the end. Even when the script was written back near the end of 2007, I hadn't intended anything explicit to be shown. It was more intended to be funny than anything else as opposed to just fanservice. The seven VAs I had doing stuff for that scene, between all of the Rangers (minus Billiam), Dulcy and of course the Shark, there was a lotta funny material blended in there. Sadly a lot of it was unable to make out, but one of the "couples" within that scene had some improv I specifically thought came out really funny. Thanks both Chris & Kira for the hysterical recordings ;] Only Meat would be rude enough to answer a call about phone plans during sex with a hellcat. Oh well, at least Verizon never stops workin' for him!

Verizon Wireless: Meat & Dulcy

Then the other one is the ending theme of Part 2. A while back I adapted the Japanese theme of "Kyoryu Sentai: Zyuranger!" (which is what we derived Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers from back then) into a version about the Parody Rangers characters. I recorded the vocals with Chris doing Meat's voice for a couple clips here and there, as well as some mish-moshin' during the guitar solo. It's silly but I think a few people gotta kick out of it so it's up for download! In times of great need, when the world needs a good stupid laugh, these idiots will band together and make you lol, rofl, possibly make you lyao! Go! Fight!

Mojiri Sentai: PARODYRANGER!

NOW, I got more work to do as per the usual. Bye kids :]


Posted by Kirbopher - March 11th, 2009


Hey all, keepin' busy. First off here's the typical links:

Buy a commission!
Check the Parody Rangers MOVIE Blog!

Doubt you'll be reading this, but nontheless: big congrats to thebackalleys for winning the Tank Awa- oh shit my bad. Grats to HappyHarry for not only winning the Tank Award but having Saturday Morning Watchmen spread across the net like wildfire. Seriously, even people I'm aqquainted with that don't even regularly go to Newgrounds have seen it and love it.

Anyways! So I mentioned I did some voicework for a few projects coming up, several of which I've recorded for and are being worked on as far as I know. One in particular, is done! Tyson "Rittz" Hesse has animated his very first flash movie, titled "OUR PRESIDENT". I "star" in it as Mitten the Cat as well as doing a few other little voices for it. Psyguy also did some voicework for it as well. S'beautifully animated, definitely worth checkin' out :]

There'll be other ones coming up, I recorded something for Martian Manhunter in a Marvel vs. DC thing of some kind, more about that when I get more info myself I guess, right?

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Just a quick mention, since I know not a ton of people are interested in this, but for the small few that are, this applies. I'm slowly working on some more singing projects a la the Nico Nico Douga medleys. Yeah yeah I know the lyrics talk about how "I'm not doing this again" but honestly it's more about the fact that I have TIME to do them. Honestly, they serve no purpose and are pretty stupid, but they're incredibly fun to do for me and my friends. If I end up making a "Flash Player" of the next one I'm working on specifically, I'll probably only submit it to YouTube or something since NG seemed to take it the wrong way. Ah well, whatev.

Long story short, I'm re-doing the first one I did on my own, but as an ACTUAL song and not just me talking about random crap that people will misinterpret. Most people from the first one will be returning, along with several new additions, even a couple special guests! You'll see. Also I'll be doing another (shorter) Nico Nico medley with a special someone, of which will probably be out before the bigger group medley. So yeah for those who might care and enjoyed them before, be sure to look out for those.

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Release dates! Don't have anything incredibly specific, but I've got incredibly good ideas on when certain things will be coming out.

Parody Rangers: THE MOVIE - PART 2 will probably be finished by this upcoming weekend. As I type this, I'm nearly through the Sixth scene out of Seven that make up all 18 Minutes of this Part. Confused? The translation is I'm nearly done with it and am making really good progress with it. Spring Break allowed me a lot of crunch time to work on finishing it up. At first I wasn't sure of how this one was gonna turn out, but I think you guys'll really like it. Lots of funny material in there :]

with it. Spring Break allowed me a lot of crunch time to work on finishing it up. At first I wasn't sure of how this one was gonna turn out, but I think you guys'll really like it. Lots of funny material in there :]

There Was This One Time is nearly finished as well, the animation is getting closer to being done. Still working on it every Tuesday typically, so once I get to the end of it I'll be going back to add more drawings and makin' it all nice, then coloring and having it completed by the end of April when we present it to the class. It's my nicest looking cartoon ever and I'm interested in what my peers and fellow animators will have to say about it.

...and I think Brawl Taunts 3 is in progression hell. I don't have a clue when it'll be done, but I know there're two people on board that have parts left to finish. I've finished my contributions to it months ago by now and everyone else has slowly completed and handed in their parts last I checked. Also I hear that Rina-chan wants to re-work the first part of the entire thing for a number reasons, of which I don't know how much that'll change the time it takes to finish it. Who knows!

Lastly, without spoiling anything, since speaking of it would ruin the surprise, but I'm working on a tiny little somethin' else that you'll see pretty soon. I'm slowly getting the voicework recorded for it now, but it shouldn't be too hard to animate. Just wait ;]

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Oh! Also apparantly $00pah NiN10Doh! reached a million views! I'm incredibly proud, thanks

everyone for watching and hopefully enjoying our hard work :]


Posted by Kirbopher - March 2nd, 2009


HI KIDS.

Just came out with a new short little animation to put on my NEO-C account, called ".flaswf" a story about a pair of .fla & .swf files. It was a little assignment for my Digital Compositing class at school...which was set to be due today, but class was cancelled due to the SNOWSTORM YEEEEAH. Either case I wanted to upload it today as intended, so be sure to check it out. :]

".flaswf"

Still continuing to work on other stuff. Now that I've gotten less busy with side work, I can focus almost completely on the Rangers Movie and finishing PART 2. Check the blog for screenshots and other random shite, but basically I'm 4 scenes out of 7 into the animation process and with Spring Break coming up, hopefully I'll have PART 2 completely finished early into the month. There's lots of funny material in this one that I think you guys who enjoy Parody Rangers'll get a kick out of. Gonna try and power through the remaining scenes I have to get it finished.

Oh and we've gotten our plaques for the $00pah NiN10Doh! prize, thanks Tom and the NG staff, they look awesome! :]

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Also apparantly I'm doing voices for a few things. I played Sesshomaru & Jaken briefly in this funny little parody called Inuyasha: Episode Infinity, which also includes Kira as Kagome & Kikyou and Josh as Naraku. It's fun and cute, written by GanXingBa of Avatar: The Abridged Series, who's also on board the voice cast of "There Was This One Time". Speaking of that one, I'll also be doing the voice of an evil british piece of Cotton Candy a friend of mine is doing for HIS 2-minute film in our same animation class. Hopefully he'll be submitting it to Newgrounds when it's finished, so if so I'll provide a link to it.

There's a few other things I recorded for, not all of them flash movies, some things I've forgotten. I'm playing Martian Manhunter in some project coming up to, who knows!

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Also go play Portal Defenders. Do it. Also Girl-chan.


Posted by Kirbopher - February 17th, 2009


Hey everyone, s'been a little while but I've got plenty to update about.

So first and most importantly is that I think I've snagged my first legit animation job! In the past I had worked for a children's computer program company called EduWare, where I did some basic character animation for their mascots. This, however, is a tried and true animation project that I'm fully excited for. I can't speak of it in detail just yet, but essentially I'll be coloring the laid-out animation for a flash-made indie-film. It was a perfect oppourtunity so I rushed to grab it, the guy in charge was very cool and I'm thankful I've gotten this chance! It's perfect timing too, since I've been trying to work a lot more with coloring techniques recently and this'll give me a ton more experience.

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Next up is the unveiling of my special account. I created this back around the end of November to make sure I would at least hold the name, "NEO-C". Before the eyerolling takes place, lemme go out on a limb and say that this is NOT an alt account, nor is it an attempt at abandoning the Kirbopher title or anything typical like that. Both are still under my own name, but the NEO-C account will be where all of my newest original works will go. I will continue to submit the installments of the Parody Rangers feature on my Kirbopher account and certain select projects on NEO-C. For the connections I may be forging with the industry as I continue to move through College and hopefully get closer to becoming a working animator and start accomplishing the goals I have in mind, this special account will be a quick link for people I'd like to see my absolute best pieces of animation I can produce, as opposed to the stuff you'd normally associate under the Kirbopher name.

Also for those've you who don't catch the pun: Neo is "New", C stands for "Chris" and NEO-C sounds like my last name, Niosi (Nee-oh-see). Hahaha I'm so clever not really shut up.

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But anyway, can't have a new account without new content to go with it, right? This lil' indie record label by the name of "Dangerbox" contacted me recently and commissioned me to animate a music video of one of their slick music tracks. A couple other NG artists have been doing so as well, I think specifically from the Radical Wrong Doers, so there's some good stuff in the works for that. Due to my time constaints and blah blah you know the drill, I asked to take one of the shorter songs in their library, of which I was given "Act". Aside from a few specifics, mainly of which came after I started the animation process, the commissioner was cool enough to give me what was essentially free-reign to do what I felt fit the song.

"ACT" the Music Video, Music by Mjoaa & Trone

I quickly came up with a concept, involving some stuff I've been wanting to experiment for a while with. For those've you who've seen Ratatouille, when Remy the rat is describing to his brother Emile about combining different foods with each other in the form of multiple instruments making music together and the soundwaves are "animated" like so, I had wanted to try something similiar to that for quite a while using a piece of BGM from a video game a while back, with literally the entire movie just being the animated soundwaves. With "Act" being a techno song, essentially the same oppourtunity was presented and I tried to implement that into the design of the music video.

It stars a blue guy, who is incredibly hesistent to simply get out of bed and experience life in general, until two singers badger him into taking a long walk. As he ignores his various surroundings ranging from nature, to human life and interaction, he ventures to darker and seedier territories and eventually he's given a choice to act or not during a critical moment. I tried to make use of symbolism and basic colors as I was planning it out, with different patterns and soundwaves meaning different things. It's pretty simplistically animated since I didn't have a ton of time to work on it, but I'm proud with how it's come out for the most part and hopefully you guys will take something away from it!

Oh and just to put it out there, "There Was This One Time" will be submitted to the NEO-C account as well around late April-early May when it's due for my main animation class. It's coming along really well!

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Regarding the Toon Platoon podcast, we WANT to continue working on it and do more of the episode concepts we've got in mind, but a few things've come up. Aside from myself being busy, CZ's had a TON of homework to contend with (SVA Cartooning majors get assloads of work, you have no idea) so we never really got a good oppourtunity to gather all three of us together and record, specifically before Mike Ruocco got briefly hospitalized. He's been out of school for a week and obviously is gonna be busy dealing with some new health problems (wish him the best!) upon his return yesterday...so with all of that in mind, we're kinda up in the air with doing the next episode. Not to mention we still haven't bought a subscription to any podcast sites or anything like to continue putting up episodes as we go along. We'll see how it goes, but I'm not declaring Toon Platoon dead in the water.