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Men In Black 2 - Part 6 and Rashy's Last Hurrah.

Over the 2011 Christmas break I started work on Men In Black 2 - Part 6 unaware that GoAnimate's license for the Super Rica and Rashy theme would expire on January 1, 2012.

Had I known the theme was going to expire, I would have not only fast tracked this episode, I would also have fast tracked part 7 - which will be the final episode of the series. Thanks to GoAnimate's CEO, Alvin Hung, who allowed this episode to be published despite containing a character (Rashy) from a discontinued license.

If you're not yet familiar with the series then check out MIB2 - Part 1 to catch up on the story. Essentially it's a parody of the MIB films with President Obama playing the Will Smith role but the story is my own original script.

For those of you up to speed, knowing that Sock Monkey, Rashy, is an Evil Genius and a master of disguise, below is Part 6 for your enjoyment. In this episode we see Rashy's diabolical scheme unfold with disastrous results...

Pt6 - Men in Black 2 by etourist

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Behind the scenes on this episode there really isn't too much going on of a technical nature. It's all pretty straight forward, stock GoAnimate props, characters and backgrounds.

However I did want to draw your attention to the shoot out with the SWAT Team at the White House press conference.

Many people criticize GoAnimate's Comedy World theme for its lack of character actions. In particular the ability to hold and shoot guns.

With some fast but very basic editing I've shown a fairly action packed shoot out scene using comedy world characters without ever once showing a character actually holding or firing a gun.

The closest I get is in the image shown on the right of the SWAT member who runs into shot, then you see his rifle lift into shot. No hands or arms can be seen anywhere.

The scene then changes to a moving target sight that stops on one of Rashy's Robot's head. (The observant among you may notice that the SWAT rifles don't actually have this kind of targeting sight on them).

Finally the scene changes to a shot of Rashy at the podium with two of his robots. We hear gun fire and an explosion then see one of the robots heads explode. We know why it exploded because of the previous two shots which explain it.

To make these scenes seem more action packed I had the entire scene 'shake' with the earthquake effect and had SWAT members running around in the background of other shots to suggest a lot of things were going on.

In general I think I demonstrated fairly well that you can overcome some fairly severe limitations of the Comedy World characters with creative editing.

With that, we say farewell to Rashy as the Evil Genius. He may make a brief appearance in Part 7 but only as a static image. Thought I'd send him out with one of my favorite Rashy animations created by GoAnimate member, gipsy. The appropriately titled, Termina.

Termina by g¡psy

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Comments

  1. Now that you say it, I never noticed the SWAT team wasn't really holding their guns! Which goes to express what a great work you've done there. When you accept something without thinking, it means your technique has worked!

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    1. Very true gipsy.

      It takes a little practice to master these kind of techniques well enough so that people stay focused on the action.

      I didn't even realize the SWAT rifles didn't have telescopic gun sights until I wrote this article!

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