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Oldgrounder from a mythical lost age when everybody on NG was trying to make their own anime. Keeping that fuckin dream alive B]

Kalen Whitfield @JazLyte

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Posted by JazLyte - July 10th, 2010

Hey there hoebags :D Happy Robot Day, I participated in my first collab movie, Rageous 7 today. Yes, it's a fight scene. With ass. Enjoy! I have a nasty headache right now so I'll pass out critiques and hoecards tomorrow.

Rageous Robot Day!

Posted by JazLyte - July 1st, 2010

So, I went to see The Last Airbender with IslandChick and Dirtshake. If you're holding out hope for this movie, exit this window. Where do I start? Well, as a huge fan of Avatar, having seen every episode at least 3 or 4 times, I think I'm qualified to judge this movie fairly.

If you're new to the franchise, Avatar is the story of a world with 4 nations based on the 4 elements (The Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, Water Tribes and Air Nomads). Each of these nations have found ways to manipulate their title element for the benefit of their society in some way. In this world, there's an ever-present spirit called the avatar that is born into a single human, and constantly reincarnated into a different person after it's host dies. The avatar soul grants its host the ability to master control over all four elements. The avatar serves as a medium between the spirit world and the humans, but more importantly serves as a religious/political icon that symbolizes peace between the four nations and is normally supposed to keep them from being at each other's throats.

Sounds pretty generic right? It is, the premise isn't incredibly unique or interesting, true. But you forget that when you get sucked in by the intricate, whimsical world, beautiful visuals, great characters, great character development, and flawless pacing. You just don't get TV cartoons like this more than once in a decade. This show is a true argument for good execution... It'll make you a believer in the idea that there is way more to a story than just a cool idea; if you have a great premise and think everything will work itself out, you're sadly mistaken. (I'm looking at you Ben 10, Bleach, Soul Eater, Naruto, Generator Rex and Wolverine and the X-Men) I could go on and on kissing this show's ass, but I won't. The main gist of this paragraph is that The Last Airbender is COMPLETELY DEVOID of everything that made the cartoon series good. EVERYTHING.

The good pacing is gone. Everything in this movie happens at 200 miles an hour. All the character exposure is gone, so unless you're like me and know the franchise mythology in and out, you won't know, enjoy, or give a fuck about the characters. They don't mean anything. They ARE the 2 hours of stilted, dry dialogue and blank stares and nothing more. They don't have personalities or feelings.

The intricate, whimsical world is gone. Half the fun with avatar was seeing all the cool detail put into the show's world. If you watched the show regularly, you knew the world INSIDE OUT because they showed you EVERYTHING. You could identify the spirits, the gods, the places, the cities, the fighting styles, everything.

As for visuals, this wasn't too bad. The animation was... believable... most of the time... I suppose but not quite Avatar. The bending was incredibly slow and delayed, and the fighting was stuffed with cheese (Lots of slowmo, lots of quickly-switching camera shots)

Great characters? Hell naw! That's asking too much. Every character was robbed of their fun personality from the show and the story was gutted of every opportunity to get to know the characters that the cartoon used. Now, when I noticed this through the first half hour, I figured M. Night had done this because the movie was going to be short and they wanted to focus on the story. IT WASN'T. The movie was 2 hours! The character development scenes from the show were replaced by shitty dialogue/narration scenes that were creatively crafted by M. himself and served no purpose to draw you in at all.

Great character development? Okay, granted I'm not a big fan of the franchise's spunky male lead Aang becoming more "serious" and "responsible" later in the cartoon series, but it was SOMETHING. In the show, female lead Katara went from being an emotional, plucky kid to a tough, level-headed warrior broad; lazy, insecure Sokka gradually became a confident, crafty, cunning strategist; Prince Zuko and General Iroh perhaps the two most interesting characters slowly realize the hypocrisy and tyranny of their comfortable lives. The movie... Wait...this movie had characters?

That's all I can say. It was a major disappointment. Maybe somebody who KNOWS avatar should have been involved with that movie because NO ONE in that crew did. That is my opinion. If you liked it, glad to hear it. But the way I see it, I can't even see someone who didn't know the real mythology the way I do enjoying that movie. If the cartoon never existed, it still would have been a bland, hollow head-smacker. Ok I'm done.

The Last Airbender Fail

Posted by JazLyte - June 23rd, 2010

Hey Newgrounds, been working with a few people on a few collaborative projects, including Redharvest's Robot Collab and Dirtshake's Halloween Collab. See you on robot day!

Posted by JazLyte - June 11th, 2010

Hey passersby, my new toon Necropolis Synergy is out, hope you love it =)

Posted by JazLyte - June 8th, 2010

People who saw my last submission, don't freak out, it didn't get blammed, I took it down for the second time because the SAME FUCKING BUG IN ACTION SCRIPT AS LAST TIME IS STILL AFFECTING IT.

Once I get it fixed, I'll re-upload the movie. Kthxbai.

Posted by JazLyte - June 2nd, 2010

Posted by JazLyte - May 19th, 2010

Okay, so this morning I was offered sexual favors in exchange for a whorish front page post by my RL home skillet biscuit Dirtshake. He's throwing together a Halloween collab this year and he's still looking for four more animators. Its a collab about how Halloween changes for people as they grow older, from a child to an adult, and each of the ten parts deals with a certain age or experience. You can find more information on his last post. He'd much appreciate anyone joining. SO DO IT. NAOO.

Also, umm blah blah blah Necropolis Synergy 87% done, blah blah whole 2-minute scene of violence completely frame-by-frame blah blah blah suicide blah bisexual rant blah. Blah blah Blah release date I won't actually honor so who gives a fuck blah blah

Hawoween Cowab

Posted by JazLyte - April 30th, 2010

If I don't get a violent flash by Zombie-Pimp today I'm going to commit ritual sudoku on camera and upload it to Youtube.

Sorry to those who listened to my lies a month or so back, I couldn't make myself make a Pico flash. I started to then just got fucking bored (And yes, I love Pico stuff). No, this is not a "Heil Original Toons" thing, I seriously just can't make myself draw something I've seen done better somewhere else unless it's a favor for a friend or something. So today I'll be hanging around, reviewing, and doing stuff that really isn't any different than what I'd normally do, nor do you have a reason to give a fuck about this post. Happy Pingas Day!

Posted by JazLyte - April 29th, 2010

Posted by JazLyte - April 22nd, 2010

I actually think I forgot to mention this here, but I made a new Necropolis toon earlier this month, it's right here on Power-Fusion and Deviantart.
As I did with Xenophobe, I'll be giving Newgrounds the best possible version of it later on. I'm in the process of adding some major stank to it, including 3 new scenes and a fight which is kicking my ass right now. Enjoy the fruits of my suffering! :D

New Necropolis toon up.