Men In Black - Part 3

My Men In Black parody series is a classic example of my script writing style.

Way back in December of 2008, when I started the series on GoAnimate with Episode 1, I could never have imagined where this story would go. By Episode 2, Paul Dini's Little Rashy had become central to the plot as I started referencing two of my other animations (The Boss of Everything and The Copier - Part 2) that feature Rashy on his quest to be the boss of everything.

The key to my writing style is that I don't plan stories from start to finish. I just start them and see where the story and characters take me. By doing this I'm never daunted by the enormity of the script or how much work it might be to animate. At the same time I'm always thinking about what has happened previously in the story and seeing if I can relate the current story back to some of those references.

MIB - Part 3 by etourist

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As you can see in this episode the joke from episode 2 about the boss of MIB being a Sock Monkey is expanded upon greatly here. When I wrote the original joke it was just a throw away line but, because I rarely plan ahead, I've been able to bring it in as a central plot point and even use it to create a rift between Agent A and the President. Two things that were never in my mind when I completed episode 2.

If you've followed this series you may remember back in episode 1 that Agent 'Roy' had a special controller that caused the President's MIB Glasses to view anyone as an alien. The Observant amongst you might notice in this Episode that Rashy is holding a similar controller... could be a clue to what happens next?

Finally, if you're wondering, the opening scene showing MIB's Main Headquarters, docking port is entirely a custom made background that I drew in under an hour directly in ink (i.e. no pencil lines or sketching). It wasn't created for this series at all but is simply an elaborate 'doodle' I did one day just to get me drawing.

I originally used it as a background for some other characters that you can watch me draw in this two, three minute challenges video below (watch for the background at the end). However I've been wanting to do a lot more custom stuff with GoAnimate and this background seemed perfect for the MIB series.

Domo Fishing and Farting - oh my!

The more I create Domo Animations the more I'm learning that fart humor has universal appeal... I'll get onto that later.

The Domo Animate site is quite a challenge simply because you cannot upload any custom props, sounds, backgrounds... well anything at all really. So when I came up with the concept for Hungry Bear Goes Fishing I knew I was really going to have to get creative.

Hungry Bear Goes Fishing by etourist

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There's nothing within the Domo props section to simulate splashing water so that white wash you see in the animation is actually a group of clouds. Also if you're wondering about the sound effects then, again, I've chosen what I felt were the most appropriate sounds from what was available.

Hungry bear goes fishing is probably my favorite of my Domo animations to date.

Shortly after creating Hungry Bear Goes Fishing I noticed that the Domo Theme includes a rocket ship and a take off platform. As Domo has the ability to fly (though I've never seen the live, stop motion version of him fly) with animated actions for just that purpose it seemed only logical that Domo would like to fly like a rocket. Naturally there's no better fuel than natural gas...

Domo Lifts Off by etourist

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In case it's not quite clear, that final burst that gets Domo airborne is a super charged fart, whilst the first two pink farts were just non-starters.

This animation, like the fart filled Domo Cooking before it, is proving very popular. You just can't beat fart humor. Everyone understands how funny a fart can be.

The GoAnimate Complaints Department

GoAnimate released its new Stick Figure theme to mixed reactions from 'love it' to 'there is not enough actions' prompting some spirited discussion in the site's forum.

Notably, one popular animator reminded everyone that regardless of the theme's limitations (and the need to purchase many props with 'gopoints') people shouldn't lose sight of the fact that so much can be achieved with the site's studio at no cost to the user and that the staff are constantly working on improvements.

One of the issues included the lack of fight movements on the figures as many GA members envisioned emulating some of the all time classic stick figure fight animations that can be found on YouTube. Undaunted, one of GA's favorite community members, Coady, created an animation to showcase that the new stick figure theme could get its fight on.

In the midst of it all, I too, had noticed a general string of complaints being made that often came across as slightly ungrateful and whiney. GA members constantly complaining about what they don't have and forgetting that they'd already been given so much. Hence I was inspired to make an animation, below, covering some of the issues in my own humorous way.

I'm not sure how much this animation appeals to a general audience as it contains a number of GoAnimate inside jokes but you might pick up that the actual complaints stand is inspired by Lucy's Psychiatric Help stand from Charles Schulz, Peanuts comic strip.

It's also my very first Happy Bunny Animation staring Jim Benton's acidic tongued but very cute little rabbit. A great stand in for Lucy if ever there was one. The Happy Bunny theme is also new and I'd been looking for just the right concept ever since its release.

GoAnimate Complaints Department by etourist

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How to Get Views on GoAnimate, The Evil Geinus Way

It turns out one way to get views really quickly on GoAnimate is to create an animation called How to Get Views, The Evil Genius Way!

The first episode received more than 240 views, 37 comments and 19 favorites and was a staff pick in the first four days of release. It's one of my fastest moving animations, in terms of popularity, since the first episode of my infamous The Bikini Proposal.

This new series currently features two diabolical schemes to artificially crank up the views on their creators newly completed animations. Unfortunately, as with all evil schemes, they just don't pan out the way they're supposed to.

This series of mine was inspired by a random forum post I wrote on GoAnimate's message boards as a response to Uchiha7 who asked the question How do you guys like Ludvig II, showtime, RG, Coady and others get so many views???

My response went like this:
I shouldn't tell you this but...

Ludvig II has a mountain top castle that is home to 1000 peasants who farm the land in exchange for a free computer on which they must view every animation Ludvig puts out at least once.

Showtime has theater in which he has installed 2000 computers that show his animations to patrons 24/7. For every view patrons get an entry into his 'Most popular viewer' competition, which will be awarded to the viewer who has viewed the most showtime animations.

Random Girl has an underground lair where she has networked 3000 computers and 3000 robotic rabbits who watch her animations continuously. In their spare time the rabbits plan world domination and hope Random Girl will lead them to salvation and electric carrots.

Coady, has taught all the pensioners within a 50 mile radius of his home how to use a computer. 1. Click on Coady's GoAnimate Profile. 2. Click on any of the animations on the profile page. 3. Repeat step 1.

Of course I could be wrong...

Maybe they just share their animations around a lot (on external sites, this forum and more) and work really hard to improve their animations so those people who do watch get to know that they are people who make great animations so they keep coming back for more.


Note: Apologies to Ludvig II, Showtime, Random Girl and Coady for revealing your secrets (it's all in fun) but honestly, it's just easier to pay Nicolas to artificially crank up the views on every animation - that's all I do (that's how GA makes its money!) ;-) LOL


GoAnimate's CEO and co-founder, Alvin, found the post so funny that he suggested I should turn it into an animation. Which started the ball (or at least my ideas) rolling.

Rather than just reproduce the jokes that I'd already made public I decided to come up with some new schemes.

The first was inspired by the infinite monkey theorem that suggests if you give a monkey a typewriter and allow it to hit keys at random for an infinite amount of time it's almost certain it will, at some point, reproduce a given text such as Shakespeare's plays. That's really all you need to know...

GoAnimate.com: E1: How to Get Views, The Evil Genius Way by etourist

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The second scheme is a follow on from the first but is also inspired by that classic scene from the 1939 Movie, The Wizard of Oz, where the wicked witch is urging her flying monkey army forward to foil Dorothy's efforts to reach the Emerald City (see image right).

There's not much more you need to know other than, if you're an Evil Genius looking to buy a monkey army, don't buy ones that can recite Shakespeare. Those monkeys are rubbish!!

GoAnimate.com: E2: How to Get Views, The Evil Genius Way by etourist

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As a final word on these two episodes I wanted to mention that both contain quite a few custom props and backgrounds (see if you can spot them). People rarely comment on my customizations because they tend to blend in rather than stand out. It's a little like a Hollywood movie in that regard. If you don't notice the effect and instead focus on the story then the effects have done their job really well.

Barack Begins, Episode 2, War

It's been quite some time since the first episode of Barack Begins (which I completed back in February of this year). However it was worth the wait before producing another episode because in that time President Obama announced that America would be sending more troops to Afghanistan. Something of a surprise announcement but great for me because that made it much easier for me to link Barack Begins to my previous series The Bikini Proposal (which was all about the war in Iraq).

This second episode of Barack Begins continues the theme of former President, George W. Bush, refusing to concede that he is no longer the President (he actually stated that he would give up playing golf whist he was President out of respect for U.S. Troops in Iraq).

It also links the dreaded economic downturn to war and how war can boost the economy. Something that many people believe is the real reason for prolonging the war in Iraq. Nation re-building creates jobs. Hence, the more you blow up, the more there is to rebuild.

GoAnimate.com: Pt 2: Barack Begins by etourist

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