That Creativity Lives On, Rest Assured

Monty Oum, popular for his work in the animation community for crazy awesome videos like Dead Fantasy and RWBY passed away.

He had style too great for this world.

It’s sad when someone like this dies, especially this young. A lot of creative energy was lost (or maybe dispersed to the rest of us). I never met him personally or anything, but from everything I’ve heard, he was the genuine article, and I admired his creativity. You just know he loved what he did, you can see that passion in his creations.

As an aside, not to denigrate his work or anything (I really like his work), but it wasn’t necessarily “the best.” He was still learning as he put out his work (as we all are, really). It was also disheartening to come to the realization that some of what people love him for was choreography he lifted from elsewhere; games, movies – a whole lot of John Woo references that became apparent when I got into his movies later on. But, that’s not really that big a deal, it’s just a small gripe I had with credit not being due to the proper people, which is just something unbeknownst to fans more than anything. Just part of my feelings about him and his work (I refuse to give out). Monty was still a really cool dude, and what I might think he lacked in some animation skill, he made up for with vast amounts of ambition and creativity, which is way more important than what I think on the former. As a creator myself, I’m sad to know that such a creative individual is gone, especially one that made such a huge impact on this new age community of games and animation. One thing that I agree wholeheartedly with is in the statement made by RoosterTeeth…

As for honoring Monty, we will do that in our own way. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you simply do something creative. Use your imagination to make the world a better place in any way that you can. If you know Monty like we do, then you know he would certainly be doing that if he were able to.

…never lose that creative drive. Don’t let it go. If there’s something you have always wanted to do, find a way to do it, in any way that you can. Do as Monty did, and leave the world a brighter place with your creations, influence others to do the same. As Monty has said, “Can you match my resolve? If so then you will succeed.” Match his resolve, everyone.


For those interested, this is much of Monty’s work. You’ll have to pardon some of the quality, technology has made leaps and bounds since some of the videos were released…

And RWBY, presented by RoosterTeeth, can be found here


Apologies to followers for breaking radio silence for this and not Blast Back. Had the thoughts in my head and just wanted to get them out. Maybe this is just the kick in the pants I need myself to get going again.

One thought on “That Creativity Lives On, Rest Assured

  1. Well said–both your quote, and his. I think you’ll match his resolve in your own way, through the creative outlets you possess. It is really sad to think how young he was, and how much more he could have done, if he’d only had the time. It’s the kind of thing that really instills urgency on a personal level, to carpe diem while you can, because you never know what tomorrow brings.

    In any case, the wait for Blast Back is well worth it; one, because you’re a good writer, and two–because it’s necessary to pay homage to those that inspire us. 🙂

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