Scarecrow by PlayPsyCo [web]
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release date : april 2014
release party : Revision 2014
compo : pc demo
ranked : 5th
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popularity : 65%
  • 0.82
alltime top: #1605
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Tim Burton couldn't do it better! Deserved a better place! My personal favourite from the PC demo compo!
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 23:02:02 by Bobic Bobic
added on the 2014-04-21 23:02:05 by datsua datsua
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 23:12:48 by dex46... dex46...
Don't know what to think about it. I find it a little strange. But props for doing something different.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 00:13:26 by gaspode gaspode
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 04:27:23 by mudlord mudlord
Beauty. That's probably lot to do with the music, as i'm not any kind of Tim Burton fan.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 04:33:38 by Serpent Serpent
Wow, it was my fav in the compo on stream.
It' much better after rewatching it on my machine.
Thanks for such a beauty.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 07:01:52 by seppjo seppjo
Even if the animation of scarecrow is technically a bit weak, it has a wonderful atmosphere and beautiful soundtrack. I really like this kind of melancholy. Nice work.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 08:40:46 by slayer slayer
This is inches away from being mindblowing good. Some adjustment to the palette (a bit more gloomy one would fit for me ;) ) and some work on the animations is that inch. I do understand how horrible hard this is so please do not read this as a "your demo sucks". Read it as "if that last inch was there, this would prolly be one of my alltime favorite demos".

The idea, the music, the 3d-enviroment etc is superb! My hat of to PlayPsyCo for this one! More of this!

rulez added on the 2014-04-22 08:50:27 by Proteque Proteque
Tim Burton meets the Snowman-animation :) Strange, but good demo!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 09:18:35 by mayday mayday
This was so wonderful to see on the big screen! I have no idea why this came in only 5th. :-( Too different I guess? Although to me this is one of its strengths...

My only complaint would be the animation of the cat. It looks so awkward I think I would have cut it completely. Apart from that, I love this demo - the music, the story/concept, the visuals, the mood - fantastic!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 09:23:49 by Kylearan Kylearan
from the artistic perspective this one is my favorite
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 12:19:34 by mueslee mueslee
Usually not a fan of vocals in demos. Here they work.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 12:29:15 by Trilkk Trilkk
Mostly thinking the same what Prot-DHS already said .. with some better animation (more natural motion usually involves simultaneous movements, and .. well, I'm sure you get the idea.) The music and atmosphere created here is great, though, and definitely deserves a thumb-up.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 12:36:33 by ccr ccr
Here kitty kitty.. so cute..
The music could easely be in some charts around..
Or compete at the European song festival ;)
Keep on bringing demos from norway to germany at easter! :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 12:43:30 by magic magic
What slayer said. This is probably my favourite demo soundtrack ever.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 12:48:25 by Preacher Preacher
idea was nice and soundtrack is great, but the execution was abit wonky, especially on the camera direction and improved animations.
added on the 2014-04-22 12:54:48 by psenough psenough
I so want the rest of the demo to match the quality of the soundtrack. This could have been really really epic in my opinion.
If you take on this style again - keep the release until it really nails it (meant as constructive feedback, not that you should not release demos :D )

Xerxes: that music - you sure master your favourite genre so good that it hurts!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 13:11:20 by Puryx Puryx
very interesting concept
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 13:23:29 by mop mop
So incredibly underrated. I seriously had goosebumps when the scarecrow realizes that breaking free from what you are isn't an option. Soundtrack is in a league of it's own and even though there were minor details here and there that could possibly have propelled this prod all the way to the stars, if it had been slightly improved, I really can't believe it only got fifth. Perhaps the lack of screenshot at the votingpage? It was by far my favorite prod of the entire party.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 14:41:41 by Punqtured Punqtured
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 14:49:38 by cupe cupe
Definitely in the top 3 for me, nice job!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 15:31:17 by Riku55 Riku55
I guess, everything is already said. I am impressed and I love that beautiful soundtrack!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 17:18:22 by CONS CONS
What Punqtured said.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 17:33:04 by CME CME
The graphics sit and animation sit firmly in the uncanny valley, makes this pretty uncomfortable to watch. The colors and shading aren't so good either. Nice music, albeit slightly overproduced for my tastes.
added on the 2014-04-22 17:35:55 by noby noby
during the entire thing i was secretly hoping that it abruptly breaks down into some dense glitch-dubstep kind of thing.

but it didn't :(
added on the 2014-04-22 17:36:44 by provod provod
Ugly character animation but lovely visuals and music.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 17:40:01 by Cj Cj
The relatively poor animation at the beginning didn't let me hope for much, but then I was surprised very positively. Awesome demo, great concept and music.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 18:16:09 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
my absolute favourite from the compo... finally something different, and not the usual 10.000 cubes, spaceships and lunar landscapes which i have seen far too often, combined with music which causes earcancer ;-)

both thumbs up!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 19:15:54 by Yazoo^OXY Yazoo^OXY
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 20:28:47 by s7ing_ATZ s7ing_ATZ
Absolutely lovely, got goosebumps watching this. The music especially is fantastic, but the whole concept and atmosphere really works.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 20:50:25 by eladamri eladamri
I love this!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 21:02:13 by ham ham
Such a teardripping story with beautfiul music and superb vocals.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 21:16:21 by Zplex Zplex
Nice in that's it's something a bit different, also the music gets a solid thumb too!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 21:32:09 by keito keito
Should've gotten top 3, excellent stuff!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 22:12:50 by Alpha C Alpha C
I Loveeeee the soundtrack.
And the demo is great too ;)
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 23:24:07 by ROOT808 ROOT808
Where can I get this soundtrack? Thanks in advance for the link!
added on the 2014-04-22 23:26:58 by slayer slayer
Howl's Moving Castle
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 00:04:51 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
Love the soundtrack! Wonderful idea and atmosphere but i would have liked to have seen a little bit better animations.
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 00:05:57 by velo velo
should have won
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 01:54:16 by rudi rudi
Really enjoyed it at the party place !
Please make more of that :).
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 02:33:18 by Anat Anat
This is one of my favorite prods from the compo, simply because it is made so extremely well. I don't usually care much for vocals in demos, but here the singing complements the visuals so nicely it's hard to not like this! Well done!
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 02:51:52 by SunSpire SunSpire
Nice! (Also I couldn't help but think I was watching De Profondis by night :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 06:04:47 by Gʀɪʍʍy Gʀɪʍʍy
Finally something different :) Great Soundtrack and atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 08:38:17 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
A lovely storyboard (and soundtrack) in desperate need of better animation.
added on the 2014-04-23 08:42:14 by jobe jobe
Something really special. A demo with a human touch.
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 12:04:16 by introspec introspec
Very nice
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 13:39:46 by Manwe Manwe
Exactly what jobe said but with a thumbup :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 15:15:49 by rez rez
What slayer said.
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 15:39:15 by StingRay StingRay
Fails to pull any of my strings, it's just too cheesy for my liking. However, thumbup for the work and effort. AND for getting a singer who can actually hit the correct notes :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 15:53:00 by rp rp
This was by far the most original demo at the party, just beautifull.
We need more cat gifs!
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 21:21:15 by wurstgetrank wurstgetrank
What jobe said.
added on the 2014-04-24 00:02:45 by raer raer
I don't know what to make of this demo. It starts rather weak and all the time there is this feeling that it tries to be photo-realistic but fails. The later scenes are really beautiful and I love the idea with the cat...
A great demo, but not quite my cup of tea.
rulez added on the 2014-04-24 09:17:06 by chock chock
I couldn't get past the uncanny valley when watching it.

Too bad 'coz it's a good to see something else.
added on the 2014-04-24 10:42:59 by p01 p01
Raising the internal bar once again..
rulez added on the 2014-04-24 11:04:10 by leijaa leijaa
it tells a story, shows coherence and its something different.

however, it is painful to watch, like one of those songs they sing in disney movies. piggy for me.
added on the 2014-04-24 14:10:00 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
this was surely an amount of work, but it's soooo cheesy (visuals AND music).
i don't know what to do with that.
added on the 2014-04-24 17:48:42 by a-move a-move
Beautiful song. Nice.
rulez added on the 2014-04-24 18:27:40 by peturba peturba
rulez added on the 2014-04-25 01:00:38 by Gadler Gadler
The most original entry in the democompo
rulez added on the 2014-04-26 17:51:40 by Frequent Frequent
ok, i kind of like this one.


1) my gma950 can render ten times as much polygons, and with an fps closer to 60 than 10

2) the cat animation is fucking stupid. ok, i have to admit that it's funny, but i guess that's not the intended output :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-27 16:35:03 by blala blala
Great stuff guys. Different and fresh!
rulez added on the 2014-04-27 18:51:02 by Cosmocat Cosmocat
Dear Klaus, your music and your musical collaborations are just adorable. And it also deserves a way better demo than this.
But still.... this one amazed me...... atmosphere...... yes. I love this demo.
rulez added on the 2014-04-27 19:44:36 by SiR SiR
pretty concept, i love klaus' music. but the animations were... not so good
The song is ace, the idea as well.
But I just don't think that a clean-cut 3D scenery was the best choice to play out the show. I would've loved to have seen this concept in a more cartoonish way, maybe leaned towards AHA's video to Take On Me, to play with the surrealism of the whole thing.
added on the 2014-04-28 20:05:04 by d0DgE d0DgE
At the beginning I was afraid this will be too cheesy & clumsy...

Finally I loved it, it totally worked for me.
Of course there are some flaws (especially, the animation of the main character, and maybe more postprocessing the break the "computer 3D" feeling) but overall the visuals are great and the music is superb.

My fav of the compo.
Congratulations for the concept and the execution.
rulez added on the 2014-04-28 21:07:16 by wullon wullon
This is pure direction and fantastic music!
rulez added on the 2014-04-28 22:20:56 by ramon ramon
by provod:
during the entire thing i was secretly hoping that it abruptly breaks down into some dense glitch-dubstep kind of thing.

but it didn't :(
I was wondering if it would do that until a bit way through when it became apparent the reasonable period of time for it to have done that was past.

However I don't think there's anything wrong with being different from their other works and it was well done even if not perfect (as others have noted). Also I agree with rpfr, the singing wasn't cringe-worthy, yay! :)

Anyway, despite the ranking the competition was decent this year so it doesn't mean this demo was a slouch.
rulez added on the 2014-04-29 01:36:41 by Starchaser Starchaser
Lovely music, great atmosphere!
rulez added on the 2014-04-29 01:58:40 by dstar dstar
Animation is kinda shit compared to the standards of today. But still a really nice moody prod with a lovely soundtrack and nice visuals.
sucks added on the 2014-04-29 07:18:04 by tFt tFt
at first i was like 'oh the cat is dead' and then 'awwww' - and i'm not a cat person. original one, i liked it. you managed to surprise me, especially because i was expecting wobwobwob :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-29 07:59:44 by prost prost
Super fine stuff!
rulez added on the 2014-04-29 09:29:56 by Corial Corial
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added on the 2014-05-03 18:16:16 by xball xball
Original and nice idea. Great atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2014-05-04 03:34:09 by Chainsaw Chainsaw
Åh fann, sku IKKE være tommel NED, sku være TOMMEL OPP! FAKK! Da va'kje MÆNINGA....fulgte ikkje med. Baklager så mye gutter, baaahklager! skynd dere å lage noe drit så fortjene tommel ned slik at eg kan gjøre opp tommel regnskapet mitt med ein OPP. Sorry asså, begynne å bli totletle og gammale vettu.
Fakk, thumbed this down by mistake :(((( Now a certain musician sends me hate messages in the night. Call me up at night breathing heavy asking if I remembered to clean my room. Tried to tell him I hit the wrong thumb, and that Gargaj wont change it to a thumb up. Gargaj has his principles you know.
oh no, now he started calling in the morning too....oh god...

Hope Peters 2 Thumbs UP can fix this. I didnt mean it, I SWEAR!!!
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And I DID clean up my room, I promise!!!!
added on the 2014-05-04 11:05:11 by tFt tFt
lovely! very moody and it has a cat!
rulez added on the 2014-05-04 20:16:42 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
It has a cat!
rulez added on the 2014-05-06 21:58:49 by CiH CiH
This doesnt classify as a Demo! :p
It´s more of a burtonesque Shortfilm!
But it touched me, so have your thumb already!
rulez added on the 2014-05-09 15:32:22 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
rulez added on the 2014-05-10 15:10:31 by CHEF-KOCH CHEF-KOCH
lovely! should've ended higher in the ranks!
rulez added on the 2014-05-11 12:20:32 by v3nom v3nom
added on the 2014-05-11 12:23:03 by las las
One of my all time favorites.
rulez added on the 2014-05-30 02:59:53 by supadupa supadupa
Beautiful artwork ruined by horribly pathetic cheesiness =/
added on the 2014-07-04 22:47:08 by T$ T$
T$ - I assume you mean the music.. Cant blame you, a bit cheesy for demoscene - personally I like it for this particular demo.
added on the 2014-07-05 10:34:28 by xerxes xerxes
veeery nice in all, especially the music is awesome
rulez added on the 2014-07-18 13:28:46 by nekomono nekomono
rulez added on the 2014-07-18 14:06:18 by kusma kusma
Very pleasant
rulez added on the 2014-07-18 14:27:06 by xTr1m xTr1m
Most awesome soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2014-11-30 17:03:38 by quiller quiller
MUSIC! This music demoscene I really have not heard it, and it just fine along w/ the graphics! 100/10!
rulez added on the 2014-12-26 14:45:50 by 100bit 100bit
fuck this shit.
im still not a huge fan of the cheesy story/tim burton style but the music - i cant deny it touches me inside.
have your thumb by all means!
rulez added on the 2015-01-03 12:26:57 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
xrs: not the music itself, more like how it turned out. could have been like a burton movie, but unfortunately it went elsewhere
added on the 2015-01-09 23:55:49 by T$ T$
I want more demo covers of scene musicians!

rulez added on the 2015-03-21 02:52:39 by Deus Deus
I would thumb it twice if I could.

I loved the music and the atmosphere of the demo.

That changes so much from the usual dubstep.

Hats off
no thumbs up yet ALERT
rulez added on the 2015-06-20 20:01:10 by gentleman gentleman
Bad demo. Was impossible to watch because of very wrong demo music, vocal/real instruments works only as chopped up samples for computer demos IMHO.
sucks added on the 2015-08-26 03:28:35 by ragnarock ragnarock
Hi! Went back and watched this demo again - so proud of what my friends in PS did with it. All comments, both positive and negative, are appreciated. Being original is becoming increasingly difficult; which is a good thing :) Cheers, Xerxes
added on the 2016-04-09 08:42:33 by xerxes xerxes
Very nice
rulez added on the 2016-05-29 02:21:17 by golem golem
Superb soundtrack and ambitious af content. Looks good overall, but Would like to see another demo like this using motion capture or something? Is that even something one can do at home nowadays?
rulez added on the 2017-09-02 05:11:55 by rloaderro rloaderro
soundtrack rules
rulez added on the 2017-12-10 09:28:08 by Flashira Flashira
I'm only discovering now this very much underrated prod. How did it only rank 5th? Maybe the style didn't work too well on big screen?

It's something really interesting you made here; this is what scene poetry should be like. As others have commented, all aspects of the music are spot on, but the prod is marred by the very rough animation quality.
rulez added on the 2019-02-22 17:53:27 by Zavie Zavie
I was watching through old revision pc demo videos and this guy popped up in the rotation. It moved me enough to come here, read reactions and create an account for the first time after lurking for years so I could come out of hiding and say that this prod gets all the +1 I can give.

Maybe one day I'll submit my own. It's only been since the first Atari home computer demo with the color bars hack. I remember there was a 6502 machine language code listing with a basic loader (read a list of values and poke them into memory .. like one step removed from a bank of 8 flip switches). I think it was in the back of an Antic magazine or something like that...

Yeah so since around '78-'79, I've basically been a closet demo scener...
rulez added on the 2020-05-28 17:48:37 by SaintNewts SaintNewts
A terrific song. And welcome SaintNewts!
rulez added on the 2020-05-28 20:08:06 by cce cce
The music is pure goosebump material. So beautiful!
rulez added on the 2021-09-22 11:21:48 by Mystra Mystra

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