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  1. "Yes, but that film has an eye-patched Kurt Russell surfing alongside a radical Peter Fonda, so it's automatically awesome."
  2. What Happened to all the humans?

    They got tired of being constantly attacked by Eggman/aliens/whatever and moved over to New Donk City.
  3. I just read that comic, out of morbid curiosity to see what the idea they had was for Infinite's backstory, and WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. What trash. He's just some guy that randomly decides "Fuck it, I'll team up with Eggman for no adequately established reason." That's it. Nothing more. Like everything else in Forces' story, it is flaccid and meaningless. I'm not exaggerating when I say that you could pick any fan theory, any piece of fan fiction; sod it, any bit of Sonic-themed pornography; and it would be so much better than anything Forces or its comics have offered by virtue of actually having something to consider and discuss. Something that changes the characters, something that's more than just 'this happened and then this happened and then this other thing happened', something with actual fucking substance. What trash. What utter, fucking trash.
  4. It's no problem, and you haven't repeated anything at all (until you're planning to edit this post and add more suggestions). In fact, you're the first guy to suggest anything from Samurai Jack, believe it or not. Thanks for the suggestions; I'm happy to hear of anything else you have to offer; and have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  5. Sonic Forces Reviews Thread

    Will do that there. Sorry about that. I originally posted this thread really late last night, and had college for most of the day, so I've only been able to work on it just now. Thanks for reminding me to do that!
  6. Sonic Forces Reviews Thread

    Just done that there. Thank you for reminding me!
  7. Sonic Forces Reviews Thread

    Welp, the first Sonic Forces review has finally gone up, so it's time for this thread to begin. Post more reviews as they come in, and I'll put 'em up here. Polygon - 5/10 Famitsu - 35/40 (Translation of Japanese text, keep that in mind) TSSZ - 2/5 Lansyn - Fun at times, but far too short considering the price (Translation of a German review, keep that in mind) Sonic Stadium - 4/10 Digital Foundry - Visually and audibly gorgeous, but it should have been much better in terms of core gameplay and consistent porting quality Finger Guns - 5/10 Hobby Consolas - 57/100 (Spanish website, so you might need to find a good translator) Last Life Club - 3/10 Destructoid - 5.5/10 Metro Gaming UK - 4/10 IGN Italy - 6/10 GamesRadar - 2.5/5 NintendoLife - 6/10 Raging Gazebo - C+ Trusted Reviews - 2.5/5 Digital Central Media - 75/100 ProGamer - 6/10 Kotaku - Flawed, but fun Nintendo Enthusiast - 6.5/10 PlayStation LifeStyle - 8/10 Way Too Many Games - 7/10 CGMagazine - 5.5/10 Game Informer - 6.5/10 Eurogamer - Decent (at best) for younger players and diehards, but an empty, meaningless experience otherwise Sixth Axis - 6/10 Hardcore Gamer - 3.5/5 IGN - 6.9/10 GameSpot - 5/10
  8. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, TWITTER, OTHER WEBSITES AND BOOKS I'VE BEEN READING, AS OF 19:42 - 1/NOVEMBER/2017. Today's the biggest update in quite some time, with nearly 300 films being added to the list. This is largely in part thanks to a couple of lists some lovely folks over on reddit suggested or compiled when I decided to make a reddit thread over there (which you can check at here, if you're so interested). I haven't completely combed through those lists, so there's still quite a few films to include in the next update. As well as that, I've been reading a couple of books and forum threads that you may want to give a look: Animation: Pocket Essential Handbook by Mark Whitehead (not the most comprehensive look into the history of animation, by the author's own admission, but there's a couple of interesting films I've never heard of before and it's pretty cheap on the Google Play Store) Animation Now! by Aida Queiroz, Cesar Coelho, Léa Zagury, and Marcos Magalhães (I've not read too much of it, but there's a lot of creators and studios mentioned; and it comes with a DVD full of short films, animator reels and commercial work!) Dragon Ball's True Genre: We Need To Talk About Wuxia by Kunzait_83 (a fascinating thread that gives a brief overview of the Wuxia genre and its modern history, featuring a few shorts, films and series that could go into the list. FYI, the thread originally had a lot of visual examples and gifs to demonstrate points, but have been blocked off by photobucket. So it won't be as effective, or CPU murdering, as it used to be. Sorry about that.) With that, I'll leave you all to do your usual thing. Please contribute with suggestions and feedback, like and share the Facebook page, and thank you for reading. Until we meet again, have a great day y'all! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  9. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, TWITTER, OTHER WEBSITES AND BOOKS I'VE BEEN READING, AS OF 20:50 - 21/OCTOBER/2017. We've done it. After six and a half months of working on this project, we've managed to reach a goal I never thought would have been reached so quickly: 2000 films. Two thousand animated films, shorts, music videos, episodes, re-animations, internet videos and countless other experiments have been gathered under a list of suggestions. That is indescribably insane, and indescribably amazing at the same time. I legitimately cannot believe we've come that far, and yet it still feels like there's still so much left out there to find. I know I said I'd wrap up the suggestions gathering period of the list when it reached 2000 films, but I feel like it's somehow still too low when trying to catalogue as many as possible. So, I'm going to extend the final goal to somewhere between 3000/4000 films. When it gets to the point when it's clearly a struggle to find anything new, that's when I'll wrap up this phase of the project (and try to move this project somewhere forward). To everyone who has contributed to this list, either directly, or through me reading about your recommendations elsewhere, I want to thank you once more. It's encouraged me to check out a world of animation I never knew of before, and it's been one of the main things keeping me going as of late. You are all amazing, and I want to give you the biggest hugs if we ever meet in real life. I've still got that Facebook page available, if you want to like it and maybe share around for others to come around and give their own ideas/suggestions for the project: https://www.facebook.com/1001-Animated-Films-You-Should-Watch-292571264560817/ And of course, here's the latest updates to the list: With that, I'll leave you with a couple of links. The first couple are for a book that helped add a good few names to the list, while the rest are for a couple of online animation events that you might want to check out if you can - you might find something you love, after all. The Complete Animation Course: The Principles, Practice and Techniques of Successful Animation by Chris Patmore (Obligatory Amazon and Goodreads links) Season 2 of CBFest (online shorts uploaded every Sunday, courtesy of the Cartoon Brew website) On that note, here's Season 1 of CBFest from during this summmer! As usual, please keep contributing with suggestions and feedback, like and share the Facebook page if you can, and until we meet again, have a great day! You all deserve it. -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  10. I gave it a read a while ago, and I actually rather like it. It's got its problems, don't get me wrong, but I ultimately enjoyed myself and am looking forward to more on it. First off, I should say that I actually liked the main character. People say he's whiny because he keeps repeating statements to the point of being irritating, but I can speak from personal experience and say that is a thing that happens when you hate yourself and take any opportunity to criticize yourself for whatever flaws you have. And when you've spent your life hearing about great heroes and are surrounded by them in your current life situation, it makes you think you're all the worse when you're unable to help out, regardless of whether you have understandable reasons. I really do get where he's coming from, and it made things a much more interesting read than it otherwise would have been. I think it suffers a lot from having to be a short one-shot. The idea of this cowardly, self-loathing guy slowly learning to find a bravery he never knew he had is a good story, especially when placed against an apocalyptic backdrop (I'm a fan of Evangelion, for God's sake), but it's never given the time it deserves to properly develop. Everything has to be established really quickly via text boxes, which works against a visual medium like comic books and can make the hero's perspective seem far more obnoxious than it really is. And at the same time, that crucial idea of getting him to develop into a braver person, someone who despite everything still manages to stand back up and keep moving forward, loses a lot of its impact when it happens so quickly. It makes the piece feel fluffy and easily discardable, since the few interesting concepts it babbles with are easily discarded when no longer relevant. I really do wish this was the first part of a full length story, and not just the first of a few one-shots, so things wouldn't have to be so rushed. On a side note, I'm a bit iffy on the artwork. I've not read anything else that was drawn by Adam Bryce Thomas prior to this, so this isn't a particular comment on the artist beyond whatever job he's done hee. Firstly, there's a tendency to give characters smears when they're moving. Smears are a technique often used in animation to get across the idea of certain elements moving really quickly in a manner meant to resemble the blurring seen in people's movements in real life/live action, so it's a bit weird seeing in a static medium like comic books. I'm not even sure if it conveys the idea of characters moving that well, but it could just be that I'm used to other techniques. Also, the somewhat three dimensional look characters have in some panels just doesn't work for me; it makes the characters resemble their in-game models more, but it just about dips into the uncanny valley for me. Besides, it's a 2D comic, so it makes no sense to me when artists try (and typically fail) to make characters look 3D instead of using the medium to give characters wonderful expressions that really sell how they're feeling. You know, like pretty much every other Sonic comic in the last few years. Still, I'm interested to see how the next few issues turn out, and I hope they'll be better one-off stories than the one we got there (even if I still like it).
  11. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, TWITTER AND OTHER WEBSITES I WAS RECOMMENDED TO CHECK OUT, AS OF 13:23 - 9/OCTOBER/2017. Well, today's update is a pretty special one. For one thing, it marks the sixth month anniversary of me setting up this forum thread and generally making a start on gathering suggestions for a possible project. It's amazing to think how quickly those months have flown by, and how much I've learned about all sorts of aspects of animation (both as a medium and an industry) in that time. I want to thank everyone who ever contributed to this project once more. I can't thank you enough for giving me the drive to keep going with this; you are all the best. Secondly, I finally decided to go and do something about this social media business, after months of hesitation and nervousness. I don't have much of a plan as to what to do with things, but it's better to start and figure things out as I go along than to never get anything done if it's not perfect. With that, I give you... (plays mouth kazoo) The 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch FaceBook Page! Here, I'll be updating the list, answering questions and feedback from comments, and posting articles/videos/interviews on animation that I find quite fascinating. I'll occasionally post something of my own, but not very often due to how busy things are on my end. In the meantime, check out the page and if there's anything you'd like to suggest or contribute to, please do so! I'd really appreciate it! Now, for the update, we've got 65 new entries for the list (most of which were from browsing through Cartoon Research's backlog of articles and listing any definitive recommendations from their writers). This takes us past 1900 films, meaning we don't have very far to go in order to get to 2000 films, which is insane considering how I originally thought that would have been the highest possible number of films to reach without scraping the bottom of the barrel. But now, there's still so much out there, or there's new stuff being created every day. It's honestly amazing, and it brings a smile to my face every time I think about. That's it for today. I'll likely see y'all again in a couple of weeks, but please keep contributing in the meantime. Give suggestions and feedback, like and share the Facebook page if you can, and until we meet again, have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  12. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM THE WEBSITE 'CARTOON RESEARCH', AS OF 22:29 - 25/SEPTEMBER/2017. My apologies for the delay on this update. A few things came up that left me unable to work on this project and a couple of others for a while, but I was able to check out a few shorts and some articles from Cartoon Research (particularly the Cartoons Considered For Academy Awards articles; very interesting stuff! - here's the most recent one at the time of this update!). However, I will be starting a new college course next week, so there's a good chance that I won't be able to work on this as often as I could the last few months, so I apologize in advance if these updates become less frequent. Today's update contains 54 films, a fair chunk of which come from the 1960's (which doesn't have nearly as many films suggested as most of the other decades) and a good few come from the last couple of years alone. I'm not lying when I say that some of these are genuinely fantastic, to the point where I'm actually going to give a few personal recommendations. They'll be the films in bold in this update list (and given a YT/Vimeo link if they can be found), so please check them out if you can: That's it for today. I'll keep working to update the list, as well as figure out how to handle the social media aspect. Please keep contributing with suggestions and feedback, check out some of the films mentioned today, and thank you very much for reading and contributing! Until we meet again, have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  13. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE AND OTHER WEBSITES I WAS RECOMMENDED TO CHECK OUT, AS OF 18:08 - 4/SEPTEMBER/2017. Hey there, everyone! I hope y'all are doing well; I'm doing pretty okay now that my shingles have (mostly) cleared up, and that means I was able to do a bit of work updating this list! Admittedly, there aren't too many entries compared to the last few updates, since that list by tamerlane was finally cleared up, but I've done what I could during the last few weeks in finding more interesting animated films, shorts, music videos and loads of other things! Massive thanks to YTWes and ibcf for recommending me shorts to watch while I was sick; I really appreciate that! Here's the latest updates to the list: Before I go, I should point out that I'm currently looking into doing a music course in a local college. It starts in October, so if I do manage to get in, I won't be able to update this list as regularly as I've been able to do for the last few months. As well as that, I've not yet set up social media accounts to promote the project, but I happily admit that's pretty much due to my own laziness more than anything else. I'll get onto it eventually, but I don't want to make excuses as to why I've not gone anywhere with it at the moment. With that, I'll leave you to try and figure out a plan for this project based on the above paragraph. In the meantime, thank you so much if you've contributed to the list in some way, please keep contributing with suggestions, feedback and other general ideas, and until we meet again, have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  14. New Sonic Forces scans via Famitsu

    This is the best sentence I have read all week.
  15. Can anyone tell me if there's a Chrome extension that blocks websites and allows you to write a personalised message for when you try to visit a website? (e.g. "Oi, don't go looking up stuff you know will make you miserable. Here's some Podtoid if you're bored...)

    Thanks to anyone who replies.