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Dear, Princess

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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

(READ THIS!!!!!!)
*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

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...


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

I would express my disgust for your spoilers but "alexandernoot2013" explains what i want to say rather well so go read it yourself

exninja123 responds:

thanks for the review anyways! :)


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

I have nothing against this being about religion, but the thing is that if none of the viewers understand the message, then you did not do a very good job getting the message across.
I think the biggest issue is how you decide to illustrate, and word things.

I will shorten this into two simple problems, each falls into one of the above problems.

You decided to make the girl a princess, which you say symbolizes the everyday person. However, a princess is the exact opposite of an everyday person, a princess is someone who has a birthright to be seen as better than the average person. A princess is also associated with love as in romantic love, and the fact that she is looking for a prince only strengthens this. Why did you make her a princess? I understand that the two characters are much more fitting together if she is a princess, and they have mutual respect and all that, but this does not show kind and eternal Jesus-love, this shows love as in babymaking-love.

Another problem is how you word things in itself. I will focus on one statement, which is the last part when you said "what happened then is between the two of them", or something similar. The fact that you make what they did after "entering the kingdom" a secret, does definetly not hint to Jesus-love, but babymaking-love.

What I am trying to say is, if you take away the text you wrote about your thoughts behind the flash, all there is, is a story of a lonely princess realising that love has always been right by her.
You would have to be guessing a heck of a lot to get the same interpretation as you, and that is why I will simply ignore your interpretaion of the flash and review it for what it is.

-Story was all right, nothing I have not seen before. A bit cheezy too.
-Art was all right, not really a fan of the anime style you went for, can be really cool if done correctly though. It just looked a bit sloppy to me.
-Voice acting was ok, the same voice as all the flashes with narration on this website.

Honestly, it was just mediocre, and your description of it just did not fit.

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exninja123 responds:

thanks for the honest review! xD


Rated 2 / 5 stars

It was nice and very sweet, but then I realized it was about Jesus. Thanks for trying to trick people into Christianity.

exninja123 responds:

thanks for posting a review! :)


Rated 2 / 5 stars

The writing kinda killed the mood... I felt like I was reading a chain letter on some kid's facebook wall. English isn't my first language and I'm usually not very difficult about the structure of a text but there were so many awkward sentences that I couldn't sit through the whole thing

Since the story is the main focus of the animation, I can't really say anything else... I wasn't especially impressed by the drawings (especially not by the tears coming out from both ends of the girl's eyes) and, as you said yourself, the voice acting needs work (sounded like you were trying not to wake someone up while recording the voices)

Other than that, the movie gets the point accross pretty well, and the in-depth interpretation you provided makes sense

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exninja123 responds:

thanks for the review! :)