Sunday, July 10, 2011

Zelda Parody 2 - Save the Princess (animation)

Here is the Trailer:

The Legend continues! Join our favorite moron, Link, as he sets out on a quest to cut grass and kill every creature he can find for item-collection purposes. Oh, and he's also going to...


Zelda Parody 2 will feature VenetianPrincess as the voice of Princess Zelda. You can expect to see Zelda Parody 2 approximately in "When we're done," 2011.

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Robbie Daymond - Link
Mike Elmore - Narrator & Goron 1
Robert Holmes - Goron 2
Dave Stuchkus - Gohma
Jesse Springer - Ganon
Venetian Princess (Jodie Rivera) - Princess Zelda

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This video you're watching is the sequel of our first Legend of Zelda parody:

ZELDA PARODY 1: Link's a Moron

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Johnny Depp Pirates Parody - Pirates of the Caribbean (collab with GagaManMusic)

Keira Knightley tells Johnny Depp her movie ideas backstage while filming Pirates of the Caribbean.

TheHill88 (Caitlin Hill) lends her voice as Keira Knightley in this behind the scenes look at Pirates of the Caribbean. Caitlin's channel:

Unfortunately, Keira didn't make it into the fourth pirates movie. So this would probably make more sense with Penelope Cruz. Regardless, it's a Keira piece and inspired by Lisa Nova's old videos. In fact, Caitlin's voice clips were recorded back in 2007, and this is her doing an impression of Lisa Nova doing an impression of Keira Knightley. =^)

Be sure to check out the animator's channel (animated in Flash):

And Johnny Depp's voice is provided by Louis from OverUnderWear (check out their Walken video):

The music is by Kevin Macleod and used under Creative Commons Licensing.

Intro logo animation by...

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Gurkel's Revenge (Thanksgiving Cartoon)

Hello! This is the longer version with two extra scenes that we had planned for awhile. After Gurkel and Lucy leave Bobby's house, there's a new scene with them in the car leading up to a long new scene, which is the main battle sequence.

So with the battle sequence I think this is far more enjoyable and complete. What do you think? Here is the shorter version that we did earlier:

Animation is by Patrick from:

Music is used by permission and composed by Kevin Macleod from:


Animation by Patrick Jenkins (CartoonKing3)
Written & Directed by Ed 'word' Price
Animation Supervision by Willem Serne
Music by Kevin Macleod


John Kubin - Gurkel, Bobby (murderer 1), Jeff (murderer 2)
Diedre - Globble (turkey boy), Lucy (love interest), Officer
Ty Miller - Turkel (turkey dad), Bartender
Amber Conner - Cindy (Bobby's wife)

Thanks for watching! Enjoy!


Monday, July 04, 2011

Super 8 - TheAnimationEmpire Movie Review

Super 8 is E.T. meets Jurassic Park, with a smaller version of the Cloverfield monster thrown into the mix. Oh, by the way, SPOILER ALERT!!!

I'd be tempted to say that Super 8 also has some Sixth Sense thrown in there, but the truth is that Sixth Sense borrowed heavily from E.T. and Jurassic Park in the first place, so it's better to just point to the earlier Spielberg films.

It's appropriate that this feels like a Spielberg film, because it is a Spielberg film... Steve Spielberg produced it. It seems like JJ Abrams finally met his hero, Steven Spielberg, and they had a converation that went something like this...

JJ Abrams: "I want to remake E.T., and I want you to produce it."

Or maybe... "I'm planning to make a film that rips off your films so badly that if you don't produce it, everyone will hate me."

Or in real life, maybe... "I'm a huge fan of your films, and you inspired my latest film. Would you check it out and produce it if you're interested?"

And then of course the reason why JJ went with a smaller (but still big) Cloverfield monster is also evident... JJ produced Cloverfield.

However, I wouldn't say that this film is a combination of Cloverfield and E.T. No, it's much closer to Jurassic Park and E.T. The camerawork is far slower, steady, and sweeping. We focus more on the characters. And the action unravels like a Spielberg film than the frantic and violent nature of Cloverfield.

Next, the acting: The acting is superb. The biggest stars were the leads... the boy (Joe Lamb) and the girl (Alice Dainard). Joe Lamb was played by Joel Courtney. This is Joel's first film, and it was a success; after this he was signed to two films (Healer and as Tom Sawyer in the upcoming "Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn).

Alice Dainard was played by Elle Fanning. Does her name sound familiar? She was in I Am Sam, Daddy Day Care, Because of Winn-Dixie, Babel, Deja Vu, and Astro Boy. Her upcoming films include the Burton animated film, Frankenweinie.

Of course the last name should be familiar because she's the younger sister of Dakota Fanning (who is also connected by Steven Spielberg, who directed Dakota's biggest breakout role... War of the Worlds).

Super 8 is masterfully made, and it's a lot of fun for film lovers (who identify with the young film makers in this movie). I wish it would have done better in the box office ($153 million world wide), but thankfully it only cost $50 million to make. So it wasn't the success that Sixth Sense, E.T., or Jurassic Park were, so JJ will probably stick to Star Trek films and producing Mission Impossible and Cloverfield flicks. In other words, he probably won't try another Spielbergian film like this again.

So why didn't the film make more money? Perhaps it got lost in a summer of big movies (true, but I think it could have overcome that). I think the main reason is marketability. Super 8? What's that? A type of camera? You're basing your film around a type of camera... that happened to film a creature escaping from a train wreck? Hmmm. It's not quite as straight forward as E.T., War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, and Sixth Sense (where the names are exactly what you get; Super 8 wasn't really about the camera).

But regardless of its marketing problems, the directing, camera work, pacing, story, acting, and effects were amazing. If you haven't seen it yet, you should.


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