Leeroy Jenkins Vs Captain Kirk

I'm aware that I've come late to the whole Leeroy Jenkins phenomenon a.k.a Ben Shultz who daringly bypassed his World of Warcraft team mates and their careful planning session to launch a one man attack on... well god only knows... I'm not a WOW player. Just watch the video below which started the whole thing.

As you can see Leeroy basically got his entire team killed because he missed the planning meeting due to a snack attack - hence his last words "At least I have chicken".

The video below is an interview with Ben, who's become something of a celebrity at gaming conventions, explaining what happened and giving that legendary battle cry.

Anyhow, some time ago GoAnimator, Ludvig II, did a parody/mash up using some of the audio from the original clip (and possibly some audio from one of the many Leeroy Jenkins music mash ups) to match Leeroy up against Star Trek's, Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise.

What results is a hilarious contrast of Captain Kirk's cool military precision against Leeroy's rag tag team of reluctant heroes and of course, the gung-ho, Leeroy Jenkins. It's very much in the spirit of the original video and just as funny - if not more so. Watch it below.

Kirk vs Leeroy Jenkins by Ludvig II

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More GoAnimate Complaints & Animator Dominator

My original animation, The GoAnimate Complaints Department, is far and away my most successful Animation on GoAnimate to date. As of this post it has been viewed more than 6229 times, received 133 comments and recommended 57 times. It has also been sitting in the number one spot on GoAnimate's homepage as a Top Animation for at least two weeks (which is a long time in internet time).

I never planned on making a second in the series but you know how it is. You think of an idea you left out, then another one, then another and before you know it there's enough to warrant a sequel.

This time around I put out a call to GoAnimate members who had their own Avatar Head prop to feature themselves in their own animations. I thought it would be kind of cool to have actual GoAnimate members appear since this series includes so many community, inside jokes.

In the end, my final animation was three times longer than the original and, by the feedback I received, even funnier than the first. I'll let you decide. (Watch for the cameo of my animated TET head at the end).

More GoAnimate Complaints!! by etourist

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People have said they can't wait for a third installment. Whilst it's tempting I think I'm done for now. Despite the simple concept it's actually quite hard to string together so many jokes, scene after scene. I much prefer jokes when they occur more naturally as a part of story telling than have the jokes themselves be centre stage.

Which leads me to the GoAnimate Community, informal competition known as the Animator Dominator. This competition started as a friendly rivalry between two of GoAnimate's members, where the winner was the person with the most views of their animation entry by a specific cut off date. The winner earns the title of Animator Dominator and bragging rights. Entries usually have to include specific props, audio, characters or other elements based on the current set of rules.

Whilst I won't bore you with the rules of what needs to be included (it's only relevant if you're entering the competition so that the entry complies) I thought I'd show you my entry which includes a cameo by non other than the GoAnimate Complaints Department.

It also helps to know that there is a supposed rivalry between GoAnimate's original stick figure characters, Match Boy and Match Girl, and the new Stick men theme, one of whom is the star of my entry.

TET's Animator Dominator Contest Entry by etourist

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As you can see the comedy in this is much more natural and a result of telling the story rather than just a string of jokes. My particularly favorite moment is how the dog, relieving its self on the Complaints desk sets up another joke later on.

At the time of posting the current Animator Dominator competition still has three days to go and my animation is sitting in second place based on views received so far. Not too bad considering many entries have had more than a week to collect views before I made mine public.

I'll let you know the results.

Here, There, & Everywhere by Mojochi

Here, There, & Everywhere by Mojochi

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Thought I'd feature this very beautiful music video created by GoAnimator, Mojochi, because I really love the way each of the fairly complex background sets are constructed behind the central character and star, Match boy.

I tried this technique a little myself many, many months ago in my GoAnimate Better Series featuring Match Boy & Girl demonstrating Speech Balloons but no where near the level of Mojochi's work.

It really does show that almost anything is possible with GoAnimate's Animation Studio Editor.
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