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May 1, 2004 | 9:12 PM EDT
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Author Comments

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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UltimateFalconFartUltimateFalconFart

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Honestly, I think there are several messages here. Mostly I think that this is about individualism and being a free-thinker, two messages that most people (read: the torturers) don't understand. They are the 'lowest common denominator', the people that the media wishes to get to the most.

The animation here is VERY good for 2004, and I'd even go as far to say it looks like most 2009 flashes. The subtle face-twitches from the protagonist AND the torturers were in great detail, so I see you really worked hard on this monster of a metaphor.

Great flash man, 5/5 stars.


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mandogmandog

Rated 5 / 5 stars

You know what they say, the best message, is the silent one.


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senseofeternitysenseofeternity

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Well executed (no pun intended)!
I found the echoing, ambient music, as well as the black and white, cold visual feel quite fitting. Even before getting deeper into the clip, the viewer feels the tone is of something askew.
The outfits of the seated evil-doers are notably what the media portrays as what is "necessary to be accepted". Parallel to the signs of demanding smiles. I noticed that the Pariah finally submits to conforming pressure after the third threat; the number three being a symbol of completion, it's like the completion of total social slavery. The eye twitch as he forces a self-grin adds to characterization. Further thoughtful details in the clip are recognized and appreciated by me.
I feel compelled to say that this reminds me of the novel "Brave New World." The automatic mass smiles, the lack of individualism, and the foul physical exchanges, towards the end, that take place -- despite the signs of a conspicuously deprived atmosphere. The free-thinker ultimately dying, celebration from others following suit.
A profoundly sad, but true, statement you have symbolized through this concentrated movie.


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SweetxInsanitySweetxInsanity

Rated 5 / 5 stars

wonderful...simply wonderful..

Bravo to the creator


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JFFJFF

Rated 5 / 5 stars

amazing

what a great comment on our current system. great.


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