Post Reply June 22nd Was Monty Oum's Birthday. Let's Honor And Remember Him.
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June 22nd was Monty Oum's brithday, the creator of RWBY, and animator on RWBY, Red Vs. Blue and Dead Fantasy, who sadly passed away in February of this year. He would have been 34.

I'm creating this forum thread as a way to honor and remember this awesome man for around his birthday. You may post anything you like about him or his works that you like, pictures, fan art, words of remembrance, whatever you want. Just be sure to follow the forum rules for posting of course.

I never met Monty personally, but I absolutely love RWBY, and his death left me with something missing inside of me that I can't fully explain. Though I had never met this person, only knew him through his works and seen him in some videos, his death affected me deeply. For a long time afterwards I had this picture of Ruby from RWBY as the wallpaper background on my phone, as I felt it fit how I feel about his death perfectly.



It wasn't that exact, full image, which I just recently found, but most of the part where Ruby is in it. The cropped picture I have of it is still the header picture on my profile on here.

Also, if anyone knows who the artist is, please let me know so I can credit them.
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Posted 6/18/15
seems everyone birthday was in june mine was the 8 lol
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0Nemo wrote:

seems everyone birthday was in june mine was the 8 lol


That's cool. This is a thread to honor and remember Monty Oum though.
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RIP. He was doing what every Western anime fan wished they could do.
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RIP. He was doing what every Western anime fan wished they could do.


Yes, yes he was. I've really only watched RWBY so far, but the animation in his fight scenes is just amazing. And his sense of humor and comedic timing were just awesome. He's certainly left his mark on this world.
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Honestly, I really thought Monty was going to change the face of what cartoons and animation was in the United States...and perhaps he already has through RWBY before he passed away. However, somebody needs to take that torch and carry on that ambition because wherever he was heading, he was managing to explore genres previously untouched by American cartoons and animation outside works like Avatar the Last Airbender.




To qualify, this has nothing to do with bashing the current industry because I love American cartoons and animation...no, what I am saying is that works like these are what might cause a revolution in the American animation industry, something that might lead to a renaissance in American cartoons and animation that will allow for new ideas to be explored. We might finally break the need to make all cartoons purely comedic and start to explore all kinds of literary genres extending to sci-fi, fantasy, horror, crime, more mature romances, and perhaps even some darker themes or social commentary works. Like Caravaggio during the Baroque period, people like Monty wrote differently and drew inspiration from other places, and this is essential if we want to expand the animation industry and seek its true potential.

Even if such a change in the industry is merely a bi-product of Monty's ambitions, whatever they truly were, I still want to honor Monty and his work as one of the first to succeed in expanding Western animation, and personally, I want to help change the industry too, to expand the potential of Western Animation to new, unexplored heights. Many modern animators and writers are answering such a call for change and the evidence is all around us and if I can help in my own way to create some great animation, I will do everything in my power to make it a reality.

But for today, I wish to honor Monty and to express my gratitude...thank you.
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