Thursday, 26 November 2009

Jake Armstrong "The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!" (2009)

Jake Armstrong is a recent graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts. His Flash animation The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9! has attracted a lot of favourable comment for a student film, notably in a June edition of Cartoon Brew. Flash is definitively 2D with a decidedly flat feel to it. Where the software works best, as here, is when it revels in a comic book flatness that suits its theme. Terrible Thing is a comic take on the science fiction genre as interstellar bounty hunter goes out in search of a killer alien. They don't see eye to eyes. As to story, I’ll let the viewer judge but words of Lennie Small (Of Mice and Men) come to mind in relation to the beast: "I done a bad thing. I done another bad thing." There is well structured plot fastening one to the drama with an engaging characterisation of the alien, bounding after the jettisoned gun, tipping the big gun over the cliff, clambering to the top of its cache of past playmates. Add to this bright, bold, artfully composed images together with an innovative presentation of credits.


Flash Animation Design said...

Jake Armstrong's sci-fi student film The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9 is cute, funny, gross and a bit tragic.

Ian Lumsden said...

The "tragic" reference is very apt as we do feel sorry for the alien. Funny though and beautifully designed I felt.