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The Fall Of The Mystical Forest Zone....

2015-01-20 13:42:35 by Cody2819

As some of you may know the The Mystical Forest Zone TMFZ for short, has shut down. For good Idk and hope it will return with a Act 5 (guess the acts are like the different versions or how many updates it had) but until it does....sadly this means some animations are on hold. Why? Because all my backgrounds I got fromt here! Well not all but most of them I did, I had looked at The Background HQ but the sheets there are mostly the the backgrounds image by image like someone had recreated the levels from different games exactly to the point, it's fine but seems more fitting of a comic as I can't really animate with those I could, but it'll be a downgrade and just the exact level layouts it's fine but....I can't create fight scenes or even custom scenes with them it's just the levels recrated to the tinyest detail and pixal and split in many images.

For a still backdrop during the turn base battles it'll be perfect, but having the characters walk around I can't do here's a example

how can I make a flash game/movie with those? Not every level is like that, but it does level the different Sonic levels I can use. I also checked The Spriters Resource TSR for short and while it does have a full sheet for custom use/creation of a level like this

others are like this

and some needs you to download a zip, I need the Death Egg Zone from Sonic 3 And Knuckles for two animations (Sonic's Dark Soul 2 and Shadow Battle 2) but all I'm able to fine now is a zip from TSR but all it has is get this...every-single-bit-and-peice-of-the-level is split as it's own image file so there's like over 200 PEICES TO LOOK THROUGH (I rechecked and the zip has 2 folders each with 200 peices so 400 in total....)!!!!! I'm not doing that! I'm not gonna download a zip with over 200 peices in it as that'll take far too long to go through and build a single frame, either make it a sheet or a comic like image don't split "everything" into 200 peices!

So as I can't get some backgrounds sorry to say but some animations are on a near cancel hold, I can't animate with no backgrounds and some I just can not find. I usually just copy and paste the sheets into Gimp but now guess I should save every single one. Some animations (like Dark's Return) I can still do as they don't use only Sonic levels but until another site shows up that has more than a few sheets or if TMFZ ever comes back, well sorry to say but some animations can not be finished...I even got voice actors for Shadow Battle 2 and animated to the point of the turn base battle but....without the Death Egg Zone from S3AK I can't finish and starting over/replacing the BG isn't a option as episode 1 ended with the 2 characters in that level.

Does anyone knows of a site I could get more backgrounds from that aren't split into more peices than needed not not just recreations in many images? I could start either Dark's Return 4 or a new animation that wouldn't use many Sonic levels, but other projects might die if I can no longer find the backgrounds needed so can anyone help me out?


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2015-02-06 04:07:30

Try using on the Mystical Forest Zone URL, and you should be able to save the backgrounds/sprites you need from there. Save what you need before the sands of internet time make them disappear forever.


2015-03-12 06:33:17

Get what you can while you can. I don't know how long Wayback will hold onto this stuff…
I was so upset because InSonicNia was gone… I've already saved almost all the comics, but quite a few of the last ones have been lost. :(


2015-03-27 19:10:58

Wait, can take it out?! But i've already started with my flash life!

Cody2819 responds: I believe still has the files, look for them?


2015-07-05 18:17:17

Well this is unfortunate. Panelmonkey's long gone. Drshnaps closed its doors a few years back, and now Mystical Forest Zone is gone? I think all of my favorite sprite sites are dead now.

Cody2819 responds:

Well lucky it's sorta still here but Idk for how long.


2016-01-17 17:08:48

check the page now.

"The Forest will bloom again."


2017-01-09 08:49:10

pls can anyone give me the mystical forest zone background?I need it so pls