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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.

(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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If i'm correct i remember seeing this on YouTube before from a reaction channel

Machines... controlling our lives? Forcing us to fake a happy interaction? Involuntary participants in a system we don't want to be in, disconnected but happy with where we are? Pique on social media? Or on unreal expectations overall? Or on the unnatural bridges in our society. The false images. This could mean so many different things...

I was really hoping there'd be a happy ending for that guy, or that one of the button-pushers would actually realize their wrongs, but the ending reveals another side to them after all... pretty depressing, but really well-done. Seems to symbolize so much of the world we all live in right now.


Culture kills many of us with positive propaganda. We'll often accept social and state injustice in favor of pleasure and reward. The outdated flash movie aesthetics can distract from the nihilistic atmosphere, but it hardly bothers me. I had mixed feelings about this flash movie as a teenager, but I love it as a 29 year old adult. Everything about it makes so much sense to me now. Thank you for making challenging entertainment that made me think as a teenager.

im gonna have to agree with NekoMika on that message that seems to be behind it, but along with how others pick on the one that is different.

Feels almost like a way of saying you have to smile through everything and sometimes people will keep pushing and pushing to see how much you can smile through. Very old animation but still interesting.

Credits & Info

4.38 / 5.00

May 1, 2004
9:12 PM EDT
  • Daily Feature May 3, 2004
  • Weekly 2nd Place May 4, 2004