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Long in the planning and nearly just as long in the production.
A Flash cartoon-feature that I made in collaboration with AlexRaccoonGlider as a sort of personal favour for his birthday... which was actually on September 27th - only we both kind of left it a little late, so this is ever so slightly a tiny bit belated... ^^;
Mostly based on a script that Alex wrote.

Anyway, long story short, the Dan Clan and many other dA buddies have been invited to the birthday party of their American RaccoonGlider at his house in the swamps of Florida... what could possibly go wrong...?

(I have to say though, the Flash is 52.1MB and has a runtime of 24 minutes, 27 seconds - so make sure you have plenty of freetime to watch this...)
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Critique by ShadowSlyIX Nov 17, 2015, 11:25:01 PM
Well done on the animations DCLeadboot. I should be clapping my paws together because the way you animate is really fluent and smooth, on average the characters look like they are cartoon, and well designed, plus the opening is well timed. Just on this one thing is, you could've added a tad more expressions on Eva, your O.C and your other O.C's. The timing of the sounds were playing three times, maybe you can knock it down to two perhaps.

Q: Will Alex see this on his next birthday at all because I'll be happy it to send it to him.
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LeoHightower Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That was pretty good, tha animation was solid, the voice acting was good and humorous, and the cameos were pretty funny!
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D
My friends are pretty good with their lines, and I certainly have a bit of fun characterising my own OCs! I tend to play Danbuster, Frederick and Spencer better than I play myself! :XD:
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LeoHightower Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL, you all did a great job, I salute you all! :salute:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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LeoHightower Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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TheEvstar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice animation! I love how you brought Alex and all those other characters to life!
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thanks very much! :D
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Alrighty! :)

Sorry for the, uh, "delay", but here is my 'review' of "Danbuster'S Danblasting Danbustering Adventure", aka 'Alex Birthday Flashmovie'. Incidentally, happy birthday to yourself also! :XD: :lol: ^^;


Lots of cute moments with very fluid (facial) animations all around! :nod:


Like when Spencer's ears flopped down, Alex grinning at the viewer when first introduced, or when he was all giddy about his "presents-presents-presents"! :giggle:
And those were some sick moves on Boaz and his insectile friends! :w00t:


"Everyone's ready to P-a-r-t-" "Why?" "Because we gotta!" Again, cute animation, funny face expression! :aww:


The "bathroom door opening sequence" totally was a "Resident Evil"-loading screen. :P
I almost expected that there would be zombies in the bathroom or something. ^^;


Ah, the use of hammerspace. Ever since writing "Daring Do and the Secret of the Fourth Wall", my long-running MLP:FiM meta-mystery fanfiction for over 2.5 years now, this sort of cartoon-logic stuff gets me thinking. If in a fictional world cartoon logic is just another set of underlying rules of the universe, superceeding physical and magical laws, then ... what can you film, if you put a camera in hammerspace? If you put and later pull out a clock from hammerspace, does it still accurately tell the time? Can people go to hammerspace? And what happens if they try to call upon hammerspace while inside hammerspace? :?


"He's still asleep at 10am." Ah, time zone troubles. Once had a professional proofreader living in the USA, and his sleeping hours were just a little... off. We almost never had a chance to talk live because of that. He practically stood up at what for me was 9pm, when I was about to go to bed 1 hour later. ^^;


"If I could rearange the alphabet, I would put U and Roger together". ...I'd find that hard to accomplish, seeing how "Roger" has two "R"s. "ABCDFHIJKLMNPQSTUROGEVWXYZ". See? It wouldn't work. :P
"We already are together" "As long as it doesn't involve ductape..." "Don't give her any ideas!" Hahaha, yes. ^^;


So... many... cameos... I only know, like 5% of who anybody there is. ^^;


Luke the Fox arrives, gets hit by a spin-dashing racoon, and both characters doing a Sonic-reference fall into the water ... shoulda played the 'drowning'-music. ;)   


I find it funny that, when Luke first arrives, he has no idea who Alex is, or that it is even a birthday-party... yet two minutes later he has a custom made sword as a birthday gift. Made with Euan's help. I smell Tardis-shenanigans! :XD:


"Well eat, drink, and... be yourself. But you do anything stupid with that sword I'll confiscate it and shove it down your throad sideways." YIKES! That escalated quickly! :O


Hmm... The Hydra's three heads all have the same voice, that's a bit disorienting; are the three heads seperate individuals like a conjoined tripplet, or a single individual...? :?


"I do believe you DO have the common sense to wield this blade."
Ah. I totally expected something to immediatelly go wrong after she said this. ^^;


"Now recite the creed we made" BY THE POWER OF GREYSCULL---- No? Not? oh, okay. :(


And then he does lightsaber noises wielding his actual real deadly sword. :roll:
Only thing more redundant would've been if it'd been an actual lightsaber while making the sounds himself. ^^;


"Welcome to my humble abode" ... Uh. Dude, you have a freakin' two-story-sized MECH standing in your front-yard. That sentence does not appear to be an appropriate description of your abode anymore at this point in time. :XD: ^^;



There are also lots of small quick jokes that I liked, such as, but not limited to:

Make up by CEMENT COOPERATION // Blimey, that's gonna hurt once it has to come off! ^^;
"Indiana Jones overview world map with red line" // What? No TRON-style race against another colored line on the map? ;)
"Mmm... hotwings!" // ...Given to him by two dragons, so yeah that makes sense. :nod:
Alex the Mailbox and Alex the Snail were my favourite transformations. :XD:
Restubnad asking for a "Left-handed glass" actually had me thinking for a second. ^^;
"Get on with it!!!" // Yikes, even the AUDIENCE wants Danbuster to 'get on with it'. Good fourth-wall breaking humor, that! :nod: :D
Nice touch on the music slow-down/speed-up when the Mech wouldn't start. :giggle:
Danbuster running across continents/oceans, Bugs Bunny(?) style // Well, he certainly gives a certain blue hedgehog a run for his money!
Aaaaand the Eiffeltower secretly is a rocket. Well. Didn't know they had those back in 1889, when the Eiffel tower was build.
Fun fact: Did you know what else began around the same year the Eiffel tower was built? Nintendo was founded. They made playing cards back then. =P
"It's quite obvious he's not answering the door" "Well he might at least answer me!"  // "Hello door, how are you today?" :roll:



Hmm... what caught me by surprise was the fact that Alex, who this was for, spoke his own lines. :O
Would've figured you'd get someone with a similar-enough voice to do that, in order to surprise him more effectively. Remember the Roger tribute? Roger didn't even know I was making it. Heck, he probably didn't even remember I had Flash, all he ever had seen from me before were my hacking videos, and a single 1-page comic.  He only found out when I sent him the file over MSN, 1 year 8 days 20 hours 41 minutes after I started making it. :XD:
(Or something to that effect, the exact time is written down in the "Bonus"-section of the flash file somewhere. ...I checked the timestamp on the first reference-file I downloaded.)

...Okay, okay, I totally went overboard with doing it that way, I know, I know. ^^; Chalk it up to being hopelessly OCD. :roll:
But Hah, that was totally a surprise for Roger. :XD:



Overall, a very lovely and fun animation! :nod:

Only "criticism" I can find is that some scenes could benefit from additional background music. Just something unintrusive playing quietly in the background. Or just ambient sounds, like birds, wind and such. Lots of "quiet" greetings before the TARDIS arrived, for instance. Though I can't "blame" you for it, my own flash cartoons also suffer from the same affliction. Only really becomes apparent to myself watching them years later. :shrug: ^^;
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... thanks! :aww:
Yup, my Flash skills came on streets over the intervening years - my two Flash cartoons with Cribbs the Cat should be an example of contrast... ;)

Heh, I'm not into the horror-genre, so any Resident Evil reference was bound to be pure blind coincidence... ;p

Yup, Danbuster's an expert with cartoon physics, being a cartoonist, so he messes with the hammerspace a lot! :XD:
A hammerspace within the hammerspace? Is this a reference to that scene from 8-bit Theatre webcomic, where the "Light Warriors" hid from that omniscient wizard antagonist by hiding in a hyperspace between two portable holes?

Yeah, timezones... reference to my conversations with Alex IRL, of course... where my bedtime is only just his dinnertime... ^^;

That's a lot of logic to apply to the "rearrange the alphabet" joke... but yeah, better keep them away from the duct-tape...

Alex, of course, wrote much of the script... sometimes, he leaves a few inconsistencies, I guess... and I missed them when I vetted the script to read better. And his raccoon-glider can be pretty goofy too... :XD:

The "Make up by CEMENT COOPERATION" - yeah, that was a joke-credit I thought up myself at random... :giggle:
Retsy's a regular troll, yeah... but he's developed that far as a antihero-villain character lately, there's no real harm in him... ;)
The audience, as well as the guests present...? :XD:
Heh, fun to mess about with the music in context with how epic the scene was... ;p
Actually, that "hello, door" gag could have been kind of funny... :giggle:

Yeah, as I mentioned earlier, Alex did write much of the script and I did the Flash largely as a favour to him for being a good friend all these years... so of course, he did his own lines too.
But agreed, if I'd had some suitable themes or ambience to play in all the scenes, it could have improved it a bit. At that late stage, I was just getting desperate to finish the project - that and I had that old trouble of the Flash files being too big to export. I ended up having to split it into bits and then using a handy (though limited-function demo) program that I downloaded, which can actually stitch SWFs back into one!

And thanks very much for the review! :aww:
I'll have to download your audio review too, so I can listen to that later...
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KCampbell499 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Reminds me of Zody's Birthday, but with more amazing things happening! I like the animation!!
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it seems Alex copied a lot of my old material when it came to the idea and some parts of the script he originally drafted. When I made the actual animation, I had to alter it a bit (not to mention I had Frederick lampshade the similarity in the first scene...) :XD:
Still, the end product worked out pretty good - we can make great things together! Not to mention, my animation skills have come along by streets since those old cartoons.
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MeckelFoxStudio Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that was a great Animation :excited:
I always love your animations, they're awesome as always
I recognize some of the characters in that film. ^^ You did
an excellent work!:D :star: 
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... thanks very much! :giggle:
Yup, certainly a lot of cameos in this... ;)
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Luke-the-F0x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing. Possibly the best Birthday animation I've seen since Zody's Party. And its great to see everyone there having a critter birthday bash. That Warriors oath is awesome too like Alex, Luke and Dan have formed a Chivalric order.The Order of...er..something.  And it was funny seeing Dan flying that. It's like what would happen if Dan was in Starfox and doesn't know how to fly an Arwing. (unless he gets told to barrel roll XD)

Awesome animation mate, well done. 
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, mate! :aww:
Yeah, the choice of music and much of the script came from Alex (I forgot to state that in the end-credits, so I had to point it out in the description) - but it worked, that's for sure.
Seems we can make good things when we all work together! :)
And indeed, if Danbuster was in the Starfox crew, the Alphawolf squadron would never be able to touch him at that speed! ;)
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AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't you mean "Star Wolf"? XD But yeah I agree...
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't know, but I heard Wolfie mention the potential team-name Alpha Wolf Squadron in Shrek the Third... :XD:
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Tigramans Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
A Stormtalon Gunship spotted! The small raging fist of the Imperium! (40K enthusiast, reporting in)

What a 24 minutes that was. It was nice to watch till the end.
Now THAT'S a present for a friend; a full-fledged long flash animation. Props for all who co-operated on this work.

For Alex: Happy late birthday!

For Dan: Keep it up.
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, yup! That was the design reference Alex gave me and Euan to draw. (Well, Euan did the gunship graphic, because that's the sort of thing he's better at than me)

And indeed, the Flash was certainly quite a marathon to complete... :XD:
Thanks very much! :)
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Slasher12 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014   Filmographer
Nice job
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Kyo-Saeba Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent job on this animation. ^^
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Kyo! :D
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Kyo-Saeba Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome Dan. ^^
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BluebottleFlyer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you certainly put a lot of time and effort into this birthday gift, and it shows. :nod: Absolute stellar job on each and every character concerned, as well as the cracking dialogue (including some canny good voice acting), and I just know Alex will be chuffed to bits with this - well done indeed. :clap:

P.S. Many thanks for including my crew in there, and I had a blast supplying some of the voices too. :thumbsup:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Mark! :)
And thanks for your help with the voices! Alex was especially pleased with the final product for Ryszard.
Glad you enjoyed it! :aww: Makes the job worthwhile to receive such encouraging comments. (Which, after all, mean a lot more to me than all those impersonal fave-bombs)
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LunarGirl2z Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whow~ the animation is so great~! :wow:
And them references and Sonic appearing; I loved it all! :XD:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :aww: Heh, yeah... with Alex putting it into his script that he tried to outdo the bugs' dance-moves by going into a spindash, it was only natural that I'd interpolate an indignant cameo of Sonic in there... ;p
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LunarGirl2z Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Speaking of Sonic, have you seen Sonic Boom yet?
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just a couple of episodes put on YouTube - looks like fun! ;)
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LunarGirl2z Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! :D
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Awepossum Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Very good :D
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
***WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW***.... :wow: The animation is spectacular, the humor is super awesome, the references are incredible, and the voice-acting... no comment. :giggle: 
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, thanks very much! :aww:
Makes it all worthwhile to have people enjoy this so much!
I was a little concerned that I was rushing too much at times, but I'm still glad to get this finished at last.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Your very welcome. :D:D:D

Heh heh, oh yeah, I'll bet you are. :aww: But nah, the animation and design are great. :D The only thing that was really lacking was the voice-acting, but oh well. Even that had some bright spots. :) I liked the voices for Danbuster and the gang. :nod:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, the voice-acting...? Where did I fall down with that in particular...? ^^;
And yes, if only to give some variety, Frederick and Spencer have always had Yorkshire and Cockney accents respectively ;)
I'll need to work on my Yiddish (Einspine) and Suffolkshire (Cedric) accents, though...
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Oh not you, you did great. I just wasn't as impressed by everybody else (of course, I'm assuming other people lent their voices to this; but if you did *every* voice, then I am even more impressed ;):giggle:). 

I loved watching Einspine and Cedric in action, though. Especially after I made that one comic of them. :laughing:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, at least Alex's mum and Mark did well with their parts, I thought. At least Alex was happy with it. ;)
Heh, I could hardly do every voice, really... especially not the ladies... ^^;

Did you mean Einspine and Heinrich? Cedric's the fat male otter (brother of Frederick, Cedar and Freda). :XD:
(Heinrich was incidentally played by UltraTheHedgetoaster who really is German and has the right sort of voice I'd envision for the young-adult GSD)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Yeah. :)

Heh heh, okay then. :giggle:

Oh right, Heinrich, sorry. ^^;:giggle: But oh really? That's cool! :D:D:D
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... while my Einspine voice is put on a bit with the theatrical accent, I was aiming for realistic with Heinrich, since he's one of the "foil" characters. ;)
(Though, on the other paw, he can have his comical moments - like answering a knock at the front door by opening it and barking in the caller's face before welcoming them) :XD:
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SnowStoat Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see your animation has improved. It already looks a lot more smooth than before. :)

And hey, Puck is there too! :dummy: :dummy: :dummy:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :aww: Yup, 25 frames per second certainly makes for much smoother action.
And indeed, quite a number of guests making a cameo. ;)
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MC-Gemstone Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey this really I only just starting to learn flash it kina hard but I getting the hang of it
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jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Try Anime Studio Debut 9. That's for us beginners of making animations.
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MC-Gemstone Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay thanks I am like making animation but it all no MS paint and then putting it to pinnacle movie 16
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it certainly takes years of experience to be able to produce something this elaborate. :)
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MC-Gemstone Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah I taking smalls steps at a time ^^ I using flash at my school because there a completion called animation 15 that all schools across the UK doing a 1min short film on anything they wanted it to be just look it up on Google to see that last years winners   
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, good luck with that! :)
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MC-Gemstone Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah ^^ thanks
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