...which is sure to deviate eventually. I mean, I'm a lazy bastard. Anyway.
Here's what to expect from me animation-wise in 2009. Expect. Hm. Don't rest too heavily on these expectations. The next Flash I want to do (and possibly have out by May) is a remake of a Flash I made almost 3 years ago. I want to release it near or on the original's 3-year-anniversary. I'm not gonna be updating just the graphics, I'm gonna do a full-blown re-imagining of the entire song, altogether. (Does that hint help? We'll see.) I'm also planning on remaking another Flash for its 3rd birthday, but that's not 'til later this year. (October, maybe. There's your hint.) So, yeah. You're going to be seeing possibly 2 remakes from me this year. (They were pretty popular Flashes back in their day. One was recently beaten on YouTube for my most viewed video.)
Take note that *HYPERANIMATION! is going to be under hiatus until further notice, because I want to re-work the character designs so that every character looks SOMEWHAT different. (a.k.a. Not all of the characters are going to have the big-eyed Dack look or the white-eyed Mr. Oven Mitts look.) I'm toying around with some character designs, and might post them soon. This means that you can also expect the first episode to be completely re-animated. What this means about my other potential animated series, "Spence and Company", I cannot say. That's still in development stages, and I haven't even worked out scripts for the first couple of episodes yet. Hell, I haven't even finalized character designs. "Spence and Company" might still be a long ways off.
Anyway. On to other animations. I very badly want to make some short films in Flash. By short, I mean a few minutes. Just some ideas cooking in my head that might translate well into short animated films. We'll have to see. I also planning on making a few Wreckless Media Radio animations, but ideas for those are still in the air. (Seriously, besides the sitcom thing I did and LazyMuffin's take on Brian Berris' Aristocrat Joke, there aren't too many good "clean" bits on the show... segments without a shitload of side comments from those who aren't talking, or segments that fit well into the format.)
Then, there's the return to form. I used to do a shitload of music-video-style Flashes back in the day, and I think I wanna bring that back. (Hence, the two remakes I want to do.) Other than that, the aforementioned short films would, most likely, revolve around music (much like "Where's My Homework?" did.) However, there's that whole "rights" thing, where putting Flashes on YouTube is dangerous, because they could just as easily be removed due to copyright claims or whatever. It seems kind of selfish to abandon perfectly good songs because I want to put them on YouTube, but if you go to my YouTube page and see my most-viewed video, it's "The Fuck You Song", a music video of "Another F.U. Song" by Reel Big Fish. Shit netted me about 70,000 views as of this posting. Second-most viewed? "Cheer Up!", with about 45,000 views as of this post. So, obviously, YouTube is a pretty good market to post these as well, and if I can't post them on there, then I'm only half-motivated. Seriously, I think "The Fuck You Song" alone has gotten me the majority of subscribers on there. Now, this could just as easily be related to the fact that everyone on YouTube appears to be a 12-year-old retard, which means the reason that "The Fuck You Song" is my most-viewed is pretty obvious. And, let's be honest: I'm never gonna top that video in pure offensive essence, mainly because I don't know a song quite as offensive as that (which, I guess Reel Big Fish should be proud of. Though, they have some other really fun, mean songs.)
The songs used in these music videos, though? Well, I could technically use Rory's music, because he's my friend and all (not to mention the exposure he'd get if it's good enough.) Maybe another Reel Big Fish video. (Maybe even "Dateless Losers", after all these years?) I also want to do a Between the Buried and Me song. Badly. They're slowly becoming my new favorite band (possibly toppling Reel Big Fish from that position.) Unfortunately, their songs would fit a very small niche, as they're progressive metal with screaming lyrics, and very deep lyrics at that. Most of the people on the internet would be too stupid to grasp the themes conveyed in the songs, myself included. (Their songs are flexible enough that you can walk away with your own meaning, rather than theirs.) There are a few songs from their album "Alaska" that I'd love to do, including the title track, but there's already an official music video for that song, and the ideas in my head for a Flash based on the song are highly inspired by the official video. If not that, there's another song I could do, and I understand the theme of the song well enough that I wouldn't create some piece-of-shit abortion that's totally missing the point. (The song I have in mind is one of those songs that has a very solid meaning, and it's a little difficult to deviate from it unless you take the lyrics too literally.)
I've also REALLY wanted to animate BTBAM's album "Colors" in its entirety. That's over an hour, split into 8 different tracks. Each of the tracks (well, the first two are technically the same song, so... 7) would tell a different story. For instance, the song "Sun of Nothing" is perfect for telling a story in this fashion, but I really don't think including JUST that song would do the album justice. You might see some "Colors" out of me, but possibly not in 2009. Still, the idea of me posting an hour-and-five-minute-long Flash animation to sites like deviantART and Newgrounds is pretty damn exciting. I think the thing that's stopping me, besides the sheer massive size of the project, is the fact that I might totally desecrate the meanings of the songs. Thankfully, the album's official website includes the band's meanings for each song, as well as some kick-ass wallpapers based on each. I have all 7.
There's also the fact that BTBAM is coming out with a new album sometime this year, and so is Reel Big Fish. If the timing is right, you could see music video Flashes based on some of the new songs later in the year. We'll have to see. I have NO idea what the tracklist is like for either of the new albums, nor do I know when exactly they're coming out. Reel Big Fish's is supposed to come out sometime "later this year", an I haven't heard ANY details on BTBAM's new album. Speaking of new albums, but completely unrelated to Flash animation (possibly), Dream Theater's 10th album is coming out June 23rd, and I'm pumped. Might have to splurge on that 3-CD deluxe edition...
Also, as much as I'd like to animate another huge, one-song album (Dream Theater's "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory"), that one's even BIGGER than Colors, and it has MUCH more of a fan following, meaning any attempt to animate it might just be shut down altogether. However, we might be seeing it years down the road. Depends on whether I stop sucking at this "animation" thing.
So, there's a general idea of what's to come out of me in 2009. This isn't set in stone, but these are just ideas I'm tossing around. As for the actual content I produce... we'll have to see. Rant mode deactivated. Now, if you'll excuse me, I beat the Endless Setlist 2 on Rock Band 2 this morning, and my fingers are bleeding.