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Sarcastic Inanimate Collab

Posted by Pahgawk - June 18th, 2015

Update: I forgot that there was less time between rounds this year, so I'm extending the deadline until Sunday the 5th.


Hey guys, so in between rounds of the Newgrounds Annual Tournament of Animation, we organize these massive collaborations called the Sarcastic Collabs. Here's one from last year for reference. And with the first round of NATA drawing to a close, it's time for the first one of this year!

The theme is Inanimate Objects.

That means taking things that don't usually move or have any emotions and giving them life. Think Pixar's Luxo Jr or the teapots and kitchenware in Beauty and the Beast. Here's my entry:


There are a few rules:

  • Anyone can join, even if you're not part of NATA!
  • The Flash project is 720x405, 24fps (although if you make yours at any 16:9 ratio, we can scale it)
  • You don't have to use Flash either. As long as it's the right size and frame rate, you can just send me a video file. Don't worry about conversion, I'll handle that (but in case you really want to, I convert to 720x406 flv. It doesn't seem to like having an odd number of pixels in the height.)
  • If you send me a .swf, do not use MovieClips or filters as they won't import. Graphics are fine.
  • If you send me a .fla, then MovieClips work.
  • In general, try to avoid filters like blurs and glows. On the menu page with all of the animations, those in particular are expensive and slow things down. If you really need them though, we can export a video and use that without any issue.
  • We don't use sound (the collab has background music and also all of the entries are shown together on the menu.)
  • Aim for a short animation or loop less than 15 seconds (this is more of a guideline than a rule)

And that's it! PM me your entries via Dumping Grounds link or something and I'll add you to the collab! Tentative deadline is the evening of Sunday the 27th.

Also, let me know if you want to make the preloader art for the collab!

Comments (15)

Alright! I can't wait to work on my entry!

Is there a deadline for submissions?

Preferably by the evening of Sunday the 27th, but that's not necessarily a firm deadline just yet.

ill probably make something cuz i missed you.

missed you too <3

Can the objects have a face or do they have to show expression through their shape?

Either is acceptable.


oh... Sunday the 27th ... ok!

couldn't think of any puns on still life, huh?


Cool, more Sarcastic collabs!; since I skipped NATA this time I may be running short for deadline-based creative challenges so count me in!

Squirt purt

did already choose a song, and if so, can you tell me the bpm? i'd like to try to get it on beat :)

It's this: https://soundcloud.com/davidpvm/the-next-step
Quarter note is 110 bpm I think.

Wait a second... Sunday is the 28th


(also this is a tentative deadline, I'd forgotten that there's less time between rounds, so I might extend it.)

I may be a bit late to the party. I'm working on my submission as I type this, but it's taking longer than expected to draw all the frames.

No worries - I think I'm going to let this collab go another week because there was less time in between rounds that I thought. How about next sunday as the new deadline?

Funny thing is, I did manage to finish mine yesterday. Did you get my PM?

Maybe I'll make another one. :P

Yep, I got your PM! Just adding in the next batch of entries, you should get an invite to the newgrounds project shortly. Feel free to submit more if you want!

hmmmmmmmmmmm not a bad idea, but how much technical detail does it need ( like whether or not it needs sound effect or how long it needs to be).

No sound, and maybe between 1 and 10 seconds long. Here's an older collaboration, you can see the sorts of things people did for that for reference: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/640374