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Man of Steel - Super Kent Returns to GoAnimate

The character of Super Kent was one of my first creations on GoAnimate way back in 2008, not long after joining the site. The basic premise of the character is that he is a parody of Clarke Kent with the sole purpose of trying to convince his boss at the Daily Planet that he really IS Superman.

Previously I created two comedy shorts, Super Kent and Super Kent Returns, both with the same format of Kent initially trying to convince his boss of his super powers without success. The boss then sends him to report on a breaking news story.

It wasn't a character I had any plans to return to any time soon as I felt I'd moved on from my early GoAnimate superhero parodies.

However TotallyEpicHD, the winner of my April TET Blog Contest, resurrected the character in his entry to my contest. Which inspired GoAnimator, gipsy, to make a flash version of Super Kent in his Super Suit. When I came across his post in GoAnimate's forum's I asked if he could create a flying action and a holding something above his head pose. Which he did.

That's how I ended up creating a new Super Kent episode, that follows the same format of the previous episodes, but this time Kent plans to tell everyone he is Superman at a specially organised press conference.



Custom Work

Other than gipsy's custom Super Kent character, those of you familiar with the Cartoon Classic's theme may have noticed that I added a custom beard to the Alvin character head.

The beard is actually a head prop. However if you add it to a character, the head will disappear being replaced with a floating beard.

In order to get the full head behind the beard I simply placed a copy of the character with the Alvin head behind the one that had the head replaced with the beard. So long as both characters are set to perform the same actions they move exactly in time.

Script

This one was pretty easy to write. Kent, being a journalist, goes to press events all the time. I felt it would be his next logical step to convince others that he's Superman in order to convince his boss.

I recently saw the movie Iron Man 3 which ends with Tony declaring he is Iron Man. This caused me to remember that Tony Stark had told the world he was Iron Man at a similar press event in the first Iron Man film.

By Iron Man 3 Tony has made a whole bunch of different Iron Man suits that all seem able to function completely autonomously. What if some of those suits were made to look like other superheroes?

Stark's seems to love the attention of being Iron Man so why wouldn't he enjoy even more attention by going around and announcing he's responsible for other superheroes too?

From there it didn't take much to set up the word play that would have you thinking Stark might back Kent up but makes his own announcement instead.

Voices

As noted in the credits, all the voices are mine. It's a little hard to gauge how successful they are because to me, they just all sound like me, however I am trying to vary my voice enough to act all my own characters. I know I need more practice. I hope I'm getting there.


I don't really plan to do another Super Kent episode.  This was just a fun aside. Though I won't say never. Who knows, I may have another idea and the time for another small, fun side project with Kent.

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