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Wade's Adventure IV Wade's Adventure IV

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This defines animation

My generation grew up mourning the death of Bambi's mother. Now comes "Wade 4" with the death of Wade, the father of the lion cub who will someday be king. The Disney animators know that cute little cartoon characters are not sufficient to manufacture dreams. There have to be dark corners, frightening moments, and ancient archetypes like the crime of regicide. "Wade 4" which is a superbly drawn animated feature, is surprisingly solemn in its subject matter, and may even be too intense for very young children.

The film is the latest in a series of annual media events from Disney, which with "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" reinvented its franchise of animated feature films. The inspiration for these recent films comes from the earliest feature cartoons created by Walt Disney himself, who in movies like "Dumbo," with the chaining of Mrs. Jumbo, and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," with its wicked stepmother, tapped into primal fears and desires. Later Disney films drifted off into the neverland of innocuous "children's movies," which were harmless but not very exciting. These most recent four animated features are once again true "family films," in that they entertain adults as well as children.

"Wade 4" is the first Disney animated feature not based on an existing story. In another sense, it is based on half the stories in classical mythology. It tells the tale of the birth, childhood and eventual manhood of Simba, a lion cub. The cub's birth is announced in the opening sequence of the movie, called "The Circle of Life," which is an evocative collaboration of music and animation to show all of the animals of the African veld gathering to hail their future king. The cute little cub is held aloft from a dramatic spur of rock, and all his future minions below hail him, in a staging that looks like the jungle equivalent of a political rally.

Of course this coming together of zebra and gazelle, monkey and wildebeest, fudges on the uncomfortable fact that many of these animals survive by eating one another. And all through "Wade 4" the filmmakers perform a balancing act between the fantasy of their story and the reality of the jungle. Early scenes show Simba as a cute, trusting little tike who believes everyone loves him. He is wrong. He has an enemy - his uncle Scar, the king's jealous brother, who wants to be king himself one day.

Villains are often the most memorable characters in a Disney animated film, and Scar is one of the great ones, aided by a pack of yipping hyenas who act as his storm troopers. With a voice by Jeremy Irons, and facial features suggestive of Irons' gift for sardonic concealment, Scar is a mannered, manipulative schemer who succeeds in bringing about the death of the king.

Worse, he convinces Simba that the cub is responsible, and the guilty little heir slinks off into the wastelands. (The movie makes a sly reference to a famous earlier role by Irons. When Simba tells him, "You're so weird," he replies "You have no idea," in exactly the tone he used in "Reversal of Fortune.") It is an unwritten law that animated features have comic relief, usually in the form of a duet or trio of goofy characters who become buddies with the hero. This time they are a meerkat named Timon (voice by Nathan Lane) and a warthog named Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), who cheer up Simba during his long exile.

The movie has a large cast of other colorful characters, including a hornbill named Zazu (Rowan Atkinson), who is confidant and advisor to King Mufasa (James Earl Jones). And there are the three hyenas (with voices by Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings), who are a tumbling, squabbling, yammering team of dirty tricks artists.

The early Disney cartoons were, of course, painstakingly animated by hand. There has been a lot of talk recently about computerized animation, as if a computer program could somehow create a movie. Not so. Human animators are responsible for the remarkably convincing portrayals of Scar and the other major characters, who somehow create a movie.

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marioXsonic marioXsonic

Rated 5 / 5 stars


I like the part where the majority of Newgrounds forgot the meaning of satire and sarcasm. That part really made me laugh.

behind responds:

Are you shure you reviewed the right movie? Or are you talking about these superb reviews here?
Anyways thank you for the 10!

Blackhead Blackhead

Rated 5 / 5 stars


It's funny how the majority of Newgrounds' audience fails to look past "OMG THIS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH BLOCKHEAD BESIDES CARL AND THE FILTERED JPG HOUSE" and "OMG THIS IS RACIST I'M OFFENDED WHY IS THIS ON FRONTPAGE?!" than enjoy it for what it is. A cartoon.

It's painfully obvious that you've improved on your animation after getting that tablet of yours. The animation is very well-done and smooth, though some parts such as the animation of his shaking the pepper shaker looked a bit awkward. Nonetheless, it was very pretty to look at. The backgrounds were also well-detailed and nicely colored.

Cab Calloway is always a good choice for these types of cartoons. EVERYONE LOVES OLD-TIMEY JAZZ MUSIC. The animation was synced to the song very well at parts.

It's to be expected that a bunch of viewers are going to somehow be offended by this, but what the hell, it was damn funny. The poking fun of racial stereotypes was great, and I loved the NIGRA (WORDFILTERS? ON MY NEWGROUNDS REVIEWS?) ALARM bit. DAMN COPS ALWAYS TRYING TO OPPRESS THE BLACK MAN WHEN HE'S DOING NOTHING BUT ENJOYING GOOD OL' WATERMELON. I BET THEY THOUGHT HE STOLE IT OR SOMETHING.

Anyways, I loved it and re-watched it out of sheer enjoyment quite a few times. Great cartoon ya made here.

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RaidenX RaidenX

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Good lord...

This has got to be the greatest Flash space-shooter I have ever played. Raiden is indeed a great series and you did an exceptional job of recreating it from scracth! I had no idea they were making a Raiden III, too! I'll be sure to get that! Anyways, if anything deserves #1 now, it IS this. The only people who hate this are the people who have no clue how to use Flash and have no idea how long it takes to program things perfectly for games. Ha, I remember saving this when it was first submitted, I knew it'd get daily feature, but I honestly didn't expect #1 of all time! I thought the mass-downvoters would prevent that. Either way, congratulations! Hope it stays at #1 for a long, long time.

The Keybored The Keybored

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Heh, a nice little fun game.

I'll tell ya this, it sure stays true to the title, "Keybored", heh. It's a great little thing to play if you're, well, bored. Unless you're like me and have an actual keyboard to play. This would've been a lot more fun if you would've set the keyboard (computer keyboard) to be able to play, too. But that'd take a while, wouldn't it? Or would it? I dunno actually >.>, I know barely any AS anyways. Anyways, nice job, Kilgayne!

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Weezer Jam Session Weezer Jam Session

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Addicting and fun as hell!

This has to be one of the most fun Flash games I've played in a while. I love Donkey Konga and this is an AMAZING reproduction of it! I like Weezer a little bit, but not that much, but still I loved the game! I'd love to see more songs!

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Boulevard of Broken Dreams Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Rated 5 / 5 stars



New Green Day = ghey :(

NES Style Test (Loop) NES Style Test (Loop)

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Ok, just to clarify

Incase some idiot flags this for unknown reasons, I feel I must explain this. This song IS, NOT, STOLEN! You see, I merely reocrded some 3 of the NES synth using an emulator. Using FL Studio, I imported the WAVs and was able to create a song using these 3 clips. By the way, I'm looking forward to making more NES Style songs! Expect maybe one more tonight!

NES Factory NES Factory

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Those drums take a while to get used to....

But after that, it really sounds awesome! What music program did you use to get the NES synth?

AshleeD responds:

The shitty FL Studio.