Man, I can’t stop watching this comparison between the intro cutscenes of the original Crash 1 and N-Sane-ified Crash 1. The differences between the two are like night and day, and the latter manages to be faithful to the source material while taking a few creative liberties of its own. I think 1:18-1:37 of the video illustrates this wonderfully.
Here we have the original scene of Crash escaping the castle while Cortex runs after him. If you rewatch this scene, you’ll notice that it’s pretty quiet for what’s supposed to be such a pivotal scene before the game. The music - while distressed - feels left in the background while the other audio overpowers it. Cortex’s computer only flashes the word “REJECT” on the monitor and the console below (where the black bar is) as an alarm beeps. We don’t even get to see Crash escape, all we’re shown is Cortex chasing him from the left side of the screen to the right, despite that Crash is running towards the left when he escapes from the castle window.
(Also, Cortex’s voice just doesn’t fit him. At all.)
Here, the intensity is cranked up to 11 and it’s clear how much higher the stakes have been raised in this scene. The orchestrated music is stronger. Sparks from the machine are flying from offscreen into the frame. The monitor glitches out entirely before showing Crash going completely bonkers. Cortex’s voice is far more melodramatic when he exclaims, “FAILURE AGAIN!” We get to see Crash jump down from the machine, look back with a grin on his face and make a break for the exit (and towards the left of the screen no less!). The new animation of Cortex looking up from the machine at Crash, pouncing at him, and giving chase as he yells “CAPTURE HIM!” is a great touch. The bit where we see Crash run through the window from inside the castle is paced better than just showing him jumping through the window halfway. (Also, the stretch and squash employed when he falls also looks nice, and very befitting since the franchise takes inspiration from classic animation like Looney Tunes.)
Little details like that improved the tone of the cutscene, and if we’re going to be truthful here, the original game has not aged all that well. It is very much a product of its time. That doesn’t take away from the gameplay, of course, but it’s nice to see elements of the original being built upon instead of being given a beat-by-beat remake of what we’ve already seen. It gives me hope of what to expect from the rest of the N-Sane Trilogy when we get closer to its release.
Black people knew that the Cuban Revolution was committed to fighting racism. The revolution’s first act was to desegregate the tourist beaches from which Black Cubans had been barred. The famous Black radical writer and poet Langston Hughes visited Fidel Castro.
Thousands of people lined the streets every night to greet the Cubans, who included Juan Almeida, a Black Cuban who had been a commander of the guerrilla army. Vince Copeland, editor of Workers World newspaper at the time, went there too.
The Cuban delegation organized a dinner to thank the workers at the Hotel Theresa. That’s something U.S. imperialist diplomats would never think of doing.
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