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May 1, 2004 | 9:12 PM EDT
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Hello Newgrounds, long time no see...
From the creator of "Aura" comes a brand new [quite old by now, actually..] flash production - SMILE! .
What was to be quick side project turned into a beast that took me over 3 months... Three months of forsaking and returning, three months of occasional work suicides and sleepless nights...

as always, NOTE: May not be liked by everyone, but was never meant to be liked by everyone. If you're here only to watch funny mario parodies, then you can skip this movie now.

Enough nagging. Watch the movie.
And SMILE!!

(There are quite many people that get confused by the ending. Just to let you know - yes, it's supposed to be the way it is. )

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DonnomasterDonnomaster

Rated 5 / 5 stars

i remember this watching when i was 10... found this so disturbing


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carmelo101carmelo101

Rated 5 / 5 stars

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CrazycheeseCrazycheese

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fantastic! I am watching this on Linux, under Firefox with GNASH (not flash) and it works!

Photogasm, you are correct.

I feel the original title of the movie was... "OBEY"? But you changed it to SMILE which is still ok, since its written in capitals to transfer the hidden meaning.

SMILE = imitate "well being"
Spikes = Ballistic weaponry (bullets)
Shooting someone into obedience = our society. We hurt others to make them follow our agenda, which we think is "good"
Masks = not cincere
Robots = contrast to living, feeling person, is an empty soulless person, hull, who obeys. Notice, unlike the protagonist, the judges NEVER change their facial expression. There is an exception, when guy tries to OBEY, but I think it was mis-used to depict the fact that they DONT care for the guy, they care if he obeys or not.
Sex = amusing each other. Shown probably to even more contrast, that they do NOT care for the guy which they killed.

The program:
They care only for the "program" - person smiles = becomes same as they = release. person resists = punish.

The "judges" themselve: if they execute the program = sex. If they don't = same fate as guy (guessing).

I also liked several moments:
- the moment when guy tried to smile after first shoot and then tried to smile through pain.
- the moment when he realised he is bleeding anyway and that they don't care
- the moment very near just before he died, where he understand that his death is unevitable and he recklessly moves eyes still trying to prevent it somehow
- the moment when they disintegrated him into void, showing that they care ZERO about him. Can only result from exactly same butchering, which leads to very HIGH concentration of EGO.

This art is definately a masterpiece and simply deserves several Oscars. Not joking.


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FlipFlop-JoeFlipFlop-Joe

Rated 5 / 5 stars

The setting really reminds me of this Twilight Zone episode. A man in front of some council, who has the choice to give in to their way of life, or die. This is a real piece of work.


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DJ4321DJ4321

Rated 5 / 5 stars

good but at the end were the robots having sex?
it looked like it. but any way great job