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Feb 19, 2012 | 7:01 AM EST
  • Daily 3rd Place February 20, 2012

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I made this for Valentine's Day.
A short narrative animation about a princess who recieves a special letter.

Sorry for the awful voiceacting, hopefully I will get better in the future.
Thank you for watching! Thanks for the compliments and critiques! :)
Wow! Thanks Newgrounds for the Daily 3rd place and for the frontpage appearance! :D

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*This may bother others (I didn't realize about this issue, sorry for those who felt tricked) but this movie is about the person of Jesus Christ (not religion).
If you are bothered by that fact, I am sorry but THIS is what the story IS.*

I noticed some people didn't understand the story, and to be honest, it may be hard for one to understand.
So here's what the story actually meant (sorry for any grammatical errors):

This story is NOT about love in a romantic way, I'm talking about REAL love. Unconditional love shared between a parent and a child.

The princess symbolize the everyday person, you and me (gender does not really matter)
She is alone and gives letters to her prince.
I represented the six princes as her family, friends, boyfriend, money/fame, drugs and religion but overall I just wanted to convey anything that one seeks for in life.
And obviously, how life goes on, everything that the princess (we) admire rejected us, and left us hurt, in pain.
Pain leaves a scar in us whether it's emotional or physical (as if it almost felt like you were stabbed on the back, or pierced by a sword). Hence I showed that pain in a physical manifestation of the princes stabbing the princess.

Here's where I placed the gospel:
"The Prince" is Jesus Christ.
The letters the princess recieves and rejects is Jesus' voice.
Despite that, we still try to find the other prince (which was foolish because a prince, rather, "The Prince" was right there behind the door)
It's when the princess, comes to the point of crisis (the lowest point) to make her realize that she had no prince to give letters to anymore (have anyone to seek out for to love/ be loved).
Then she realizes the letters (voice of Christ) in her life.
When she listens, she hears "The Prince" knocking on the door.

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." (Revelation 3:20)
The Prince is here, waiting for you, knocking at the door of your heart.
He wants you to open it, but he will wait for you.
Jesus is patient, kind and eternal = Love

Jesus is waiting for you to come join him, so you can have eternal life, a neverending tale, an awesome journey to his kingdom.
He wants to go there with you, together.

In the story, "The Prince", Jesus was the princess' seventh prince.
7 is the common number used in the gospel.
I based if off from the biblical story of the Samaritan Woman from John 4.



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

just liked it because of the music from kingdom hearts

exninja123 responds:

haha, cool! xD
kingdom hearts music is pretty awesome! :)


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

I like the idea behind it, but she's looking for a prince right?
she gets a letter from a prince, and instead of reading it, discards it immediately into a pile of letters from... him? (among others right?) idk... what im getting at is, is she worthy of him if he's been waiting outside the door for him while she gets the letter and then instantly discards it without even thinking? =/

exninja123 responds:

thanks for the review! :)
and yes, the princess is not worthy for the prince but that's the beauty of what love is.
the prince, or jesus, is what this unconditional love is: patient, kind and eternal.


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Jesus slept with the princess?

exninja123 responds:



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Was okay, there were some issues with the English language that made it a bit jarring. Drawings were clean and pleasing to the eye. Nice valence of music. Overall, it didn't do much for me.

exninja123 responds:

thanks! :)


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

The minimalist style and story book animation gave the piece an appropriate set of visuals to match your story well, and the music was quite and sweet and overall made for a good choice. Your art style seems a little too borrowed from basic How-to-draw-manga books, though I imagine your still working towards your own style, and is nothing to worry about.

For your voice acting, I would suggest letting yourself rehearse with a tape recorder so you can get a better flow with your words. Your rhythm was quite stilted, dividing sentences into blocks of three of four words apiece and it leads to a monotonous delivery. Also it sounds like you're whispering half of your lines, and I couldn't help but wonder if you were performing somewhere with people nearby that you didn't want to have hear you reading your lines. All your effort needs to be focused on putting emotion into your lines, and if you're nervous then the best thing you can do is practise in front of someone. It'll help you get over those initial jitters and better yet they'll be able to give you pointers on things you might not even notice yourself.

The plot itself was rather confusing, and I don't quite understand why she didn't realize she was writing to objects and ideas all the while believing they were princes, or why she would ignore a letter, or a mountain of letters from a prince when she was trying so hard to attract a prince in the first place. It seems ironic that you would credit inspiration from Utena, considering that your story romanticizes the idea of a young, beautiful man taking a girl away to fall in love with based solely on looks and a few sweet words, when Utena does so much to condemn the entire idea of Prince Charming and gender roles forced upon such a pairing.

All in all "Dear, Princess" fits all too well with Valentine's Day, in that its sweet and sappy and well meaning, but is ultimately shallow and far less romantic than it hopes it is.

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exninja123 responds:

thanks for the critique, i'll definitely keep those in mind.

i won't go to far into details of explaining everthing (I'll probably post explaining it on my comments) but:
for the inspiration of Utena, I was only inspired by the concept of the swords piercing the human body. I did in fact, show the part of the condemnation on the idea of "Prince Charming" as the "other princes" symbolized the princess' parents, friends, boyfriend, money/fame, drugs and religion (I worded it "people, things and ideas"). "The Prince" in the ending, isn't inspired by Utena, but rather the bible stories of Jesus Christ (which I also mentioned in the credits, btw).

pretty much.... "The Prince" is Jesus
"the other princes" are things that the princess (each individual, you or me) seek for, but in the end, it's just total BS...