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Smile!

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rated 4.30 / 5 stars
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Drama
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dark
machine
smile
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Uploaded
May 1, 2004 | 9:12 PM EDT
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  • Weekly 2nd Place May 4, 2004

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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. )

Reviews


IcywebsIcywebs

Rated 5 / 5 stars

What I appreciate most of this is the depth and plethora of messages this holds. Many of which I am sure were intended, and perhaps a few that weren't.

I appreciate how it begins with the music artificially dated in quality to match the aesthetics to reflect what videos we have of the Third Reich, setting the tone for something particularly

The cleverly depicted automatons, shown both figuratively and literally, pleases me just as much. Already they were seen to be led as 'sheep' to conform to the demands (no matter what was written), but the slight pan to the side at the end upon slaying the victim to show their faces to be no more than masks fixed upon robotic bodies leaves no doubts as to what the representation was meant to hold.

The apparel worn by the committee of nazi-likened automatons is indicative of high school or college fashion, each representing the 'popular cliques' we would find there.

The 'new kid', or victim, is not marked to match or deviate from any of these. This is your average Joe who struggles to conform. At first, he fails because he is confused by the demands set before him. Then, upon realizing that it is conform or die, he attempts to comply even if it means gritting his teeth. That is until he realizes, upon seeing the blood pooling at his feet, that the backstabbing has already caused a great deal of damage and he's able to see the wreckage caused by rumors or any other means that the 'cool kids' would be able to use in their twisted arsenal. The realization causes him to falter, resulting in further punishment that eventually leads to endless backstabbing until it killed him, which I take to be more figurative. Then he is discarded, once the light leaves his eyes.

Thereafter, the depraved revel as though nothing had transpired, outlines the lack of care they have for any of it. I think that part is what ultimately serves to be the cherry on top.

Another alternative message is that refusing to smile and pretend everything's all right is the quickest way to be ostracized.

And I can’t get enough of this.


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CountOzwell-SpencerCountOzwell-Spencer

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I love the totalitarian Utopian feel of it. I'm a sucker for things like that. Gives me a Brave New World/1984 vibe to it.



GuarapariBuziosArteGuarapariBuziosArte

Rated 5 / 5 stars

sex in Ending LOL



datcrazyblackboydatcrazyblackboy

Rated 5 / 5 stars

nice animation, to smile takes alot if you are stressed the everyday issues make u more stressed but to smile takes alot of hardwork) even if it is a fake smile stay smiling. Smiling makes everything better its like a bandaid lol)



ErichoEricho

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I love this idea and how it's taken so far here. I guess they ultimately failed to make him smile. It helps that the animation is great. I will admit that the ending isn't that good. It seemed too silly. Well, that may have been the point.

Everything just flowed so well. I guess he would have died anyway. I really do like all the little details in this. The music was great too. You really did, uh, know how to show expression without dialogue.


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