Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Minushi - an online animated movie

Minushi is a feature length motion picture sci-fi fantasy action adventure full of suspense and mystery - the flash cartoon animation is reminiscent of japanese anime movies and american saturday morning television but with a unique style for all ages presented in 19 online episodes by tyler gibb of boneland.com

Just as the link says. I've been watching Tyler Gibb's Minushi since its debut, and I still think it's a wonderfully done Flash-based movie. The creator even revisited the earlier "chapters" of the film in order to change or update parts of the animation. The last time I remember anyone doing a [pretty much] one-man show was a Japanese animator who created a film on his mac, and just like the creator of Minushi, he toiled over his dream feature for over 3 years. I can't remember the Japanese man's name, but his work has been distributed on DVD format in Japan and, at least from what I know, in the U.S.

Even though the method of animation used for Minushi doesn't compete with the fluid and digitally hand-drawn (with some 3D in the mix) anime feature that was created, it is still a huge deal in the Flash animation industry. What takes large animation studios to do in the same amount of time, it took one man and his small posse of associates to accomplish. Gibb took to publicly promoting his movie by releasing chapters of it on the internet via sites like Newgrounds.com, YouTube, and Revver. While Minushi has already been completed, half the movie is readily available online for viewing. Pretty generous if you ask me. Tyler Gibb is still looking for a suitable company to distribute the movie.

Whether anyone else thinks Minushi is worth buying, that's up to the beholder. As for me, I'll continue checking the site for future releases should there be anymore.

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